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NetSCOPE Research and Inquiry Grant Program

*Accepted on a rolling basis until September 30 of each year or until all funds have been used.

If you have ideas for research and inquiry that will improve the teaching and learning at your school, but are not sure how to get started, please contact the NetSCOPE office for assistance (803/323.3080).  If you are looking for collaborators, explore the list of University and school faculty research interests!

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Cover Sheet

Proposal Guidelines and Procedures (Research Design)

Implementation Plan

Budget Table

Reporting Templates:

Mid-year Progress Report

Year-end Progress Report


Research Grant Reviewer Form


Overview for 2011-2012 Request for Proposals

Given that scientifically based research and data-driven decision making are foundational to NetSCOPE, the Research and Inquiry Grant Program supports the collaborative effort of classroom teachers and university faculty to investigate educational innovations to improve student learning.  To this end, the NetSCOPE Grant Management Team invites proposals from collaborative groups of Professional Development/Partner School staff and Winthrop University faculty in three categories:

1. Inquiry into the impact on student learning of research-based best practices in specific classroom or school settings;

2. Inquiry into professional learning to improve teacher effectiveness and its impact on student learning in classroom or school settings; and

3. Research connected to the agenda of the National Network for Educational Renewal and its impact on student learning in classroom or school settings (


Program Details and Requirements

The Partnership Network is structured to foster collaborative initiatives; therefore, proposals should involve at least one P-12 classroom teacher and a Winthrop University faculty member.  Classroom teachers and schools in resource districts and regions (Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York, Indian Land, and Lewisville) must solicit partnership from a classroom or school in a NetSCOPE recipient district.  If assistance is needed, contact your liaison or the NetSCOPE office for help in identifying possible partners.

To further encourage collaboration, proposals must also include at least one of the following partnerships in the research and inquiry process:

Engagement of Winthrop teacher candidates as co-investigators;

Partnership with a second Winthrop University College (Education, Arts & Sciences, Business, or Visual & Performing Arts) OR a classroom teacher in another school. Contact a school liaison or the NetSCOPE office for assistance in identifying potential partners;

Involvement of P-12 students as co-investigators.

Proposals are accepted, reviewed, and awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year until September 30 or until all funds have been used. Applicants will be notified of their grant status no more than four weeks after submission.  No school can receive funding for more than two grants (no more than one per category) in any calendar year.   Average grant award amount in each category is $2,500.

Two reports are required by the NetSCOPE Grant Management Team.  A mid-year progress report must be submitted electronically by April 1 and a final report by July 1. 

Proposal Guidelines and Procedures

Proposals must adhere to the following guidelines and procedures in order to be considered for funding.

Formatting:  Proposals should be no more than four pages in length (excluding references, letters of support, and budget narrative) using a standard font, no smaller than 10 point.  Authors should utilize the 6th Edition, American Psychological Association (APA) handbook as a formatting manual (Winthrop University Dacus Library APA Citation Guide).

Application Narrative:  Proposals should be explicitly organized into the sections detailed below.  Use of headings to support organization is strongly encouraged.

I.    Overview of Project

a.   Describe the project need.  How does the proposed project align with one of the three categories to improve student learning?

b.   Considering a review of prior research and evidence, what has been done in the past to support the proposed project Where are the gaps in the research thus justifying project need?

c.   Who are the partners in the grant?  How will each of the partners contribute to the project? 


II.   Research Design

a.   What are the research questions?

b.   What research methods will be used to answer the questions?

c.   How will data be gathered and used?


III.   Implementation Plan (see sample template)

a.   Provide a realistic timeline for the project including benchmarks for the grant period.

b.   What resources will be needed (such as materials, travel, personnel, and time) to implement the research design?


IV.  Evaluation

a.   How will the success of the research be measured related to the stated questions and overall impact on student learning?

b.   Specifically, how will data be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the project and in determining impacts on student learning?

c.   What are your plans for disseminating the results of the project? (This can include scheduled Partnership Network events and web publications.)


V.   Budget Narrative (2 page limit)

All Budgetary expenses should have a direct connection to project goals and student learning.  Complete the budget table outlining allowable expenses then provide an overview of your budget in a narrative paragraph.



Proposal Submission Directions

Submit proposals by email as one document with the cover sheet scanned and attached to Dr. Lisa Johnson at


Questions regarding the NetSCOPE Research and Inquiry Grants Program should be directed to Dr. Lisa Johnson at 803/323.2151 or


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