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SEDA Research and Evaluation Small Grants 2014
These SEDA small grants are intended to support research and
evaluation in staff and educational development with the goal of continued
improvement in the quality and understanding of educational development
Who? SEDA members, or staff working in institutions that hold
institutional SEDA membership. Applicants do not have to be based in an
Educational Development (or similar) Unit.
What? £1000 for research into educational
development practices. Up to a maximum of five grants will be awarded, one of
which will be reserved for a ‘developing researcher’ (with limited track record
in pedagogic research), in order to encourage capacity-building. All proposals
should involve collaboration either within or beyond the institution.
When? Deadline: 31 January 2014.
How? Submit a completed application form including a 1000 word
proposal and information about the applicant(s)’ track record.
What is the purpose of the grant?
The small grants are intended to support evaluation or research (including
action research) into educational development practice. Projects should
either lead directly to improvements in educational development practice or
increase our understanding of educational development in higher
There are no specific themes for this call. Applicants might like to consider
issues such as teaching qualifications and accreditation, technology-enhanced
learning, HE in FE, or internationalisation. However, all applications will be
considered on their merits.
Successful projects vary in nature and may initiate research into a development
activity, involve evaluation of a development activity already implemented, or entail
a more conceptual exploration of educational development practice (e.g. an
empirical research project or a literature review). Previous projects can
be viewed at: Grant Holders
What can the funds be used for?
The Grant may be used to pay for time release, administrative support,
equipment, travel or attendance at a SEDA conference or other event to
disseminate the outcomes. Whilst the sum awarded may seem small, experience suggests
that recipients have welcomed the external recognition for the activity they
want to carry out. They have also seen the money as providing a spring-board
for further scholarly activities. Successful bidders are also allocated a
mentor who can support their project.
How do I apply?
Proposals must be submitted using the application form by the deadline of
January 2014. Proposals should be emailed to email@example.com under the heading SEDA
Research and Evaluation Grants.
What criteria will be used to evaluate the grants?
SEDA Research and Evaluation Grants are competitive bids and SEDA normally
awards up to 5 projects annually. The bids are judged by the SEDA Research
Committee against the extent to which they:
- Demonstrate awareness of,
and build on, current literature in educational development
- Entail appropriate and
achievable methodology within the context and timescale of the project
(including ethical implications where relevant)
- Identify clear
implications for educational development, and impact beyond the
individual’s immediate practice
- Include a realistic
project plan with timescale, deliverables and providing value for money
- Indicate a track record
in pedagogic research and evaluation (excepting the ‘developing researcher’
award where you will be expected to demonstrate how you will be supported
to achieve the criteria above.)
- Applicants will receive feedback against these criteria
including the areas of strength in the proposal and those that could be improved.
What is the timetable?
must be received by the SEDA office by
Friday 31st January 2014
applicants will be notified of the results by
31st March 2014
are expected to complete by
July 31st 2015
For further information concerning SEDA Research and Evaluation Grants, please
contact Prof Debby Cotton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the
SEDA office (email@example.com).