February 13, 2019 | Call for Proposals: Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice Grants

Proposal Deadline: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 1, 2019.
Awards Announced: Awards will be announced on a rolling basis beginning April 1, 2019.

See the full RFP here.

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for faculty, staff, and programs in nonprofit colleges, universities, and consortia. AMP Grants will provide between $500 and $3,000 to support activities that amplify, disseminate, and increase the public reach of research and practice that BTtoP has supported. 

Who and What are Eligible for Funding?

AMP Grants are available to faculty, staff, and programs from any academic institution (or academic association or consortium) that has received previous grant support from BTtoP. Applicants may propose collaborative activities (e.g., campus visits, convenings, joint presentations, or publication or media projects) that include academic institutions and other organizations that were not past grantees. Yet applicants must include an institution whose work was supported by Bringing Theory to Practice.

Grant proposals should build off of the results, implications, or themes of BTtoP-supported work, but they do not have to directly amplify or disseminate the prior grant project itself. A grant might be used, for instance, to fund a research report or online essay about a program that was germinated out of a BTtoP dialogue grant. Similarly, the principal investigators and proposed participants in AMP Grants do not have to be those who led the earlier BTtoP-supported work. The aim of these grants, in short, is to support the ongoing, evolving relevance and significance of work catalyzed by Bringing Theory to Practice.

Fundable Activities

AMP Grants are intended to support a variety of activities. Below are several categories of potential support; we also invite proposals for other forms of publicity and dissemination. Funding guidelines for these activities are detailed below.

Campus visits and convenings: Consulting visits, campus exchange visits, and multi-institutional convenings offer important opportunities to disseminate innovative practices, programs, and research. Some examples might include (but are not limited to):

  • a multiday visit by a campus team that has developed a well-being curriculum to a university interested in strengthening its supports for student thriving
  • a convening of adult-serving colleges or programs seeking to develop “high-impact practices” designed for working adults
  • an exchange of campus visits among institutions seeking to integrate community-based research into capstone projects or pre-professional practice

Presentations and reports about research and innovative practice: AMP Grants can be used to support presentations and reports that extend the reach of innovative work beyond traditional disciplinary conferences and scholarly publications. Examples might include (but are not limited to):

  • invited talks at high-visibility conferences or public speaker series
  • expert presentations at policy meetings, task forces, or webinars
  • design and publication of research reports for broad public dissemination
  • research into the outcomes of previously funded BTtoP projects, convening participants to assess the impact of our work.

Public and high-visibility writing: AMP Grants may be used as honoraria for writing that exposes wider audiences to innovative projects and research that BTtoP has supported. Grants may also fund honoraria for essays, op-eds, and public writing that advance the values of holistic, engaged learning, equity, and positive change to which BTtoP is committed. Examples might include (but aren’t limited to):

  • an essay in the national higher-ed press that presents best practices for linking student well-being with preparation for work
  • an article in a public-affairs magazine or website that demonstrates the effect of BTtoP-supported innovations on student outcomes
  • an op-ed column drawing on BTtoP projects to argue for (or against) policies in areas like financial aid, transfer, or student political participation.

Media and digital products: AMP Grants may contribute to funding media and digital products that publicize BTtoP-supported work or advance public discussion of the values and issues underlying that work. Examples might include (but aren’t limited to):

  • design of a website that presents BTtoP-supported projects
  • production of video diaries or “op-docs” that publicize exemplary programs
  • launch of a story-telling platform that lifts up student voices on issues such as well-being, equity, or the purposes of higher education

BTtoP’s full RFP and supporting materials are available here.

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) has offered multiple levels of funding since its founding in 2003 and has contributed toward over 550 projects at 359 institutions in the United States and beyond. Participating institutions are the strength of BTtoP—promoting its mission of advancing the greater purposes of higher education (active and integrative learning, student well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for meaningful work) throughout their campuses and communities.