Consultations on Educational Components of Grants

In support of the efforts of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and in collaboration with the Broader Impacts group, the Sheridan Center provides pedagogical expertise and feedback for the educational components of grant proposals.

The Sheridan Center staff is available to (1) review grant proposals (or sections therein) pertaining to teaching, educational outreach, instructional technology, and broader impact statements; (2) develop evaluation plans to assess the effectiveness of proposed pedagogical innovations.

The Center has expertise in guiding the development of proposals for:

  • creating learning materials and teaching strategies
  • developing faculty expertise
  • adapting and implementing educational innovations
  • assessing student achievement
  • conducting research on undergraduate education
  • conducting research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • integration of research and teaching
  • developing evaluation plans

After consultation, the Center may be cited in the grant as part of ongoing pedagogical support offered by Brown.

Guidelines for Scheduling a Grant Proposal Consultation

In order to comply with OVPR internal deadlines, best meet your needs, and provide quality input in aiding a successful outcome for your grant proposal, we request sufficient lead time for consultations:

  • Grants involving substantive Sheridan Center contributions: Initial meetings must be scheduled at least 4 months before the internal proposal deadline for federal grants (e.g. NSF, NIH) and at least 2 months before the internal deadline for private grants. Contributions or input from the Sheridan Center might include, but are not limited to: development of an evaluation plan; research and development for components of the grant proposal; development of programs (workshops, seminars, professional development programs) by the Sheridan Center specifically for the grant. Follow-up meetings will be scheduled to ensure completion of the Sheridan Center’s contributions in a timely manner in synergy with all other components of the proposal.
  • Grants that do NOT involve substantive Sheridan Center contributions These consultations for feedback on proposals should be scheduled at least 1 month before the internal deadline.

For further information or to request a grant consultation, please contact the Sheridan Center.