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Several annual internal grant opportunities are available for McKay School faculty

The David O. McKay School of Education is promoting several annual internal grant opportunities for faculty. The awarded grant money will help support faculty research, enable creative activities, and fund necessary materials and supplies. Grants also support graduate and undergraduate work with faculty on research, field studies, and creative projects. Student recipients apply with the intent to work with a McKay School faculty mentor. Details on grant information are available here.

In addition to considering faculty opportunities, some faculty may also choose to share grant opportunities within their classes. Several internal grants are awarded annually.

The McKay School is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity this year: the MSE External Funding Planning Grant. This new funding will support the process of developing and submitting applications for substantive grants from external funding entities such as federal agencies or private foundations. “Like the parable of the talents, the goal of MSE planning grants is for faculty to take a limited amount of internal funding and turn it into a significantly larger amount of external funding,” said David Wiley. “This will allow the MSE’s limited funding to support and impact a larger number of students.” Wiley is coordinator of the Education Research Division of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES).

Information about the available grants is listed below. Please note that some submission dates have passed, but the grants are awarded annually to faculty and students so future applications can be anticipated. Most proposals take less than three hours to prepare.

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ORCA Mentoring Environments Grant (MEG) competition for faculty October 25, 2012 Up to $20,000. Expectation of awarding approximately 100 proposals at the end of February 2013
ORCA undergraduate research awards (students apply with a faculty member agreeing to mentor) November 1, 2012 $1,500 for student$300 for mentor
MUR (Mentored Undergraduate Researchers) October 31, 2012 Proposal for MUR to be submitted for 2013-2014 academic year
MSE External Funding Planning Grant November 12, 2012 New category, a priority for this funding cycleUp to $20,000 in 2013 calendar year
MSE Research Grant November 12, 2012 Up to $10,000 in 2013 calendar year
Strengthening Children and Youth Grant November 12, 2012 Up to $20,000 for use in 2013 and 2014 calendar years
Professional Mentor Grant November 12, 2012 Up to $2,000 in 2013 calendar year for travel funds for research collaboration
Visiting Scholar Grant November 12, 2012 Up to $10,000 in 2013 calendar year for national scholars to visit BYU and/or participate in research
Graduate Studies Fellowship Award (Graduate Students only) January 2013 Application available on the ORCA website

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If you are interested, Roxanna Johnson will be teaching a grant-writing seminar for the Faculty Center Friday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m. - 12 noon, and Friday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. - 12 noon.

For additional questions contact David Wiley at 2-7071 or

October 25, 2012