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Office of Educational Research
College of Education
January 2006

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News and Notes

OER will soon announce the
availability of Faculty Travel and College
Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) awards.
As in years past, $15,000 has been
designated to support faculty travel, and
an additional $15,000 has been
earmarked to support CRIF projects.
Many of you are familiar with and have
benefited from these programs. We plan
to distribute application materials for
both programs by the end of next week,
which happens to be Friday the 13th
Please call Ana (96-235) or me (96-233)
if you have any questions about
These programs are paid for with
the College's indirect cost return. We
made about $20,000 last year, a figure
that seemed distressingly low to me. We
previously had estimated that our return
this year would be three times that
amount. For our estimate, we took all
active awards, used appropriate IDC
rates, computed a 71/2% return to the
college, and added them up.
But we made two errors in the
process. First, we had expected our
estimate to be high (given that IDC is
awarded on the basis of expenditures
rather than the award amounts we used
in our calculations. Because PIs tend to
be judicious in their spending, estimates
based on awards are likely to be a bit
high.) Our more serious mistake was
one we did not anticipate: We wrongly
assumed that the college received 71/2%

of all I[

DC generated

by COE

As it turns out, Principal
Investigators and departments are
awarded IDC on a formula basis, but the
college is not. PIs get a 10% kick-back
on what they generate, while chairs
garner 71/2% of all the IDC
departmental faculty generate. These
are wonderful and well-deserved
benefits, as all PIs and chairs will attest.
By contrast, the college gets everything
that's left over once DSR deducts its
costs for the supports it provides. Thus,
at current levels of funding, OER can
expect no more than $20,000 (or so) in
IDC return annually. That $20,000
represents our operating budget, and it
doesn't cover the costs of faculty travel
and CRIF-no less the paper and pencils
we need to run the shop and the
support we hope to provide when you
need to visit a funding agency or
participate in a training session.
Of course, we are sitting on a
rather large nest egg, accumulated by
Catherine and her predecessors, which
will be used to support the travel and
CRIF programs this year. However,
because we're spending principal, it is
important for us to look carefully at the
return these investments yield. I'm
confident we'd all agree, in principle, to
not spend on programs that fail to
increase total research dollars. In
practice, however, I'm not sure we'd all


agree to give up our travel and seed
grants programs, even though strategic
planning has helped us identify more
pressing and dramatic needs (e.g.,
statistical consultation).
How best to invest our IDC funds
is an important and interesting topic
that we need to address this spring. And
we in OER need to know what you think
about how best to build for the future.

December Awards and Submissions

In the meantime, some
congratulating is in order: To Mary
Brownell (SE) and Zhihui Fang (STL),
Hazel Jones (SE) and Maureen

Conroy (SE), and Diane Ryndak (SE)
for the three Office of Special Education
Programs personnel preparation projects
they recently had funded, and to Kim
Dotts-Hoehnle (PKY), whose U. S.
Department of Education funding
arrived in the form of a Title 1, Part A
grant. Kudos, too, to Mickie Miller
(Alliance, FLDE) and Elizabeth Yeager
(STL, Center for Civic Education) for
their December submissions.
For more details about these
awards and submissions, check out the
tables on the next page.


ORB January 2006 2

College of Education Funded Projects December 2005
Principal Investigator: M.T. Brownell Co-PI: Z. Fang
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Preparing Reading Endorsed Secondary Special Ed (Project Press):
Improving the Preparation of Personnel to Serve
Project Period: 9/01/05 8/31/09
Annual Award Amount: $200,000.00

Principal Investigator: K.L. Dotts-Hoehnle
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of the
Project Period: 7/1/05 6/30/06
Annual Award Amount: $89,086.00

Principal Investigator: H. Jones Co-PI: M.A. Conroy
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Project Ace: Autism Competencies for Endorsement
Project Period: 1/1/06 12/31/09
Annual Award Amount: $195,317.00

Principal Investigator: D. Ryndak
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Preparation of Leadership Personnel
Project Period: 1/1/06 12/31/09
Annual Award Amount: $200,000.00

College of Education Submitted Proposals December 2005
Principal Investigator: R.D. Miller
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Florida CHESP at UF: Cascading Tutoring Project
Requested Amount: $22,000.00

Principal Investigator: E.A. Yeager
Funding Agency: Center for Civic Education
Proposal Title: Critical Analysis of Constitutional Issues with Implications for Social
Studies Methods Courses: A Summer Institute for Methods Professors
Requested Amount: $66,630.00

ORB January 2006 3

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