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2014 African Population and Health Research Center, Inc. International Program, Higher Education and Libraries in Africa $2,650,100
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 36
Description: As a final grant for a consortium of African universities to strengthen postgraduate training and research capacity in public health and population studies
Abstract: The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)—led by the African Population and Health Research Center and the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health—aims to address critical shortfalls in postgraduate training capacity in public health and population sciences through creating networks of locally-trained, internationally-recognized scholars and enhancing the capacity of nine universities to lead globally competitive research and training programs. CARTA’s centerpiece, an innovative collaborative doctoral training program, has enrolled ninety-one fellows, selected from among the participating institutions. This grant will support ten fellows, postdoctoral positions or re-entry grants for ten graduates, and activities to institutionalize the CARTA curriculum at participating institutions.
2014 Rice University International Peace and Security, International Program $200,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For a project on U.S. policy on Syria and its neighbors
Link: www.rice.edu
Abstract: As the crisis in Syria continues into its third year, neither the government of President Bashir Assad nor the opposition coalition has been able to break the stalemate, militarily or politically. Apart from the agreement to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles, diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have stalled and the civil war has deepened, inflicting an increasing cost on the Syrian people, economy, and society. The challenges for U.S. policy in Syria are daunting in both scale and complexity. Through research, convening in the field, and policy outreach, Rice University’s Baker Institute will examine, in the immediate term, what the United States can do to help buttress Syria’s neighbors from the on-going civil war and, in the longer-term, what it can do, with Syria’s neighbors and regional partners, in supporting Syria’s transition to stable, peaceful, multiethnic representative state.
2014 WORLD INSTITUTE FOR NUCLEAR SECURITY (WINS) International Peace and Security, International Program $300,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For professionalizing management and strengthening governance in nuclear security
Link: http://www.wins.org
Abstract: Preventing nuclear terrorism is an urgent challenge, and progress has been made in repatriating fissile material and upgrading physical protection. However, nuclear security personnel are not required to be professionally certified or demonstrably competent to do their job. The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) uses a two-pronged strategy to address this challenge: building demand for top-quality nuclear security training requirements among companies and countries, and offering a certification program that will meet this demand. WINS seeks to make nuclear security a regulated and certified profession, worldwide, within five years. This grant will allow WINS to produce professional training and certification modules. It will also support WINS’ efforts to engage industry stakeholders with the goal of generating industry buy-in and financial support for future efforts.
2014 International Institute for Sustained Dialogue International Program, International Peace and Security Dynamics of Global Power $200,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: As a final grant for the Dartmouth Conference Task Force on the Russian-U.S. Relationship
Abstract: The failure of U.S-Russia cooperation on a wide range of international issues is a critical challenge for both countries. Russia plays a more central role than any other state on a range of issues that are vital to American security, prosperity, and global influence. The situation is salvageable, however, and negotiation and discussion to repair perceptions between the two countries might offer hope for resolving differences. The Dartmouth Conference Task Force wants to help strengthen the relationship between the United States and Russia through sustained dialogue on the changing nature of the relationship between the two countries. It conducts multiple dialogues each year, supported by the analytical work of participants between meetings. Following each conference, participants brief the appropriate deputy foreign ministers, ambassadors, members of the legislatures, and other officials.
2014 Middlebury College International Program, International Peace and Security Dynamics of Global Power $346,700
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For support of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies
Abstract: The U.S.-Russia relationship matters for both countries, and for the world. Still, the relationship is haunted by the legacy of the Cold War. Similarly, U.S.-based graduate education in Russian studies is built on the theories of the last century. Additionally, with the removal of area studies from most curricular tracks, graduate students in the United States have lessened their exposure to the subtleties of history, cultural anthropology, literature, sociology, and other important fields that are critical to understanding contemporary Russia. If U.S.-based graduate education in Russian studies were based on a less-outmoded, less stagnant framework of political and economic Cold War theories, then students might be more prepared to assess Russian domestic developments and analyze how the developments inform Russia’s foreign policy. Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), a graduate program of Middlebury College, has organized graduate-level Russian studies that brings the best and the brightest among Russian scholars, researchers, and analysts for periods of up to two weeks each to teach students at MIIS as well as at nearby partner institutions, such as the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute. It aims to potentially inspire changes in other Russian studies graduate programs throughout the country.
2014 Center for Media and Security, Ltd. International Program, International Peace and Security Dynamics of Global Power $375,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 36
Description: As a final grant for forums for journalists on international peace and security issues
Abstract: Enhancing public understanding of security issues is vital to the effective functioning of a democracy. The Center for Media and Security (CMS) aims to educate and inform the American people about issues of defense and international security by fostering relations between the media and the security community. CMS was formed in 1984, and over the course of its history and with periodic Corporation support, has organized over 800 forums. An archive, accessible to the public, houses transcripts of most of those sessions. The organization has developed and maintained relations with public affairs and legislative offices over its operation; its longstanding relationship with the defense and security related community enable it to bring in guests who are not readily accessible to the media.
2014 Tobin Project International Program, International Peace and Security Dynamics of Global Power $500,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 36
Description: For the National Security Initiative
Link: www.tobinproject.org
Abstract: Before his passing, Nobel Laureate James Tobin noted in Essays in Economics that, "The most important decisions a scholar makes are what problems to work on." The goal of the organization that bears his name is to help scholars choose the right types of problems to work on and to deliver research that advances the public interest. The Tobin Project (Tobin) seeks to shift the intellectual climate in which university research takes shape and push back against the "cult of irrelevance" that dominates the social sciences. In doing so, Tobin seeks to strengthen the link between universities and government decision makers. Tobin is driven by scholars but guided by policymakers, who are engaged early and often to ground and motivate the scholars’ work. Later, policymakers are briefed on findings and attend Tobin conferences, which are designed to build a community across disciplines and generations.
2014 American University International Program, International Peace and Security Dynamics of Global Power $741,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For a project on bridging the gap between academia and the policy world
Abstract: The Bridging the Gap project (BtG), now based at American University’s School of International Service, starts from two basic propositions: First, while a gap between the academic and policy worlds is inevitable—they are distinct fields with their own missions and organizational cultures—the breadth of that gap is not a given. Bridging it is difficult but possible and beneficial to both sides. Second, in substantive and policy terms, national leaders need new approaches to better anticipate and shape the future. To help meet these related challenges, BtG will continue to develop and lead policy-relevant research projects; train, develop, and mentor an expanded cohort of scholars in political science, and international relations, and other related disciplines, whose work is oriented towards policy-relevant scholarship; and collaborate with likeminded colleagues and programs.
2014 Institute for Science and International Security International Program, International Peace and Security Nuclear Security $311,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For research, public education, and outreach on Iran's nuclear activities
Link: www.isis-online.org
Abstract: Turning the interim pact among Tehran and six major powers that took effect in January 2014 into a longer-term deal will require difficult negotiations. New issues will be added to the present complex mix, key technical matters remain, and the spectrum of confidence over Iran’s nuclear program could widen. The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has earned respect among members of the nuclear security community for its analysis, reporting, and technical judgment, and a reputation as possibly the most reliable informational resource on nuclear scientific and technical issues regarding Iran. ISIS will continue to provide accurate, nonpartisan, and independent technical information and assessments on Iran’s current and projected nuclear programs; meet regularly with media, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to disseminate that information; and help support the implementation and verification phase of the agreement. New to this grant phase is pilot educational work to produce teaching modules on nuclear nonproliferation.
2014 Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments International Peace and Security, International Program Nuclear Security $401,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For key nonproliferation challenges in the second nuclear age
Link: www.csbaonline.org
Abstract: The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is a nonprofit public policy research institute established in 1983 to promote innovative thinking about national security. This project aims to better understand potential flashpoints of the contemporary nuclear landscape—which they call "the second nuclear age"—where sources of nuclear risk have changed significantly. The project will use research, analysis, and policy outreach to assess options for strengthening nonproliferation strategies while maintaining the taboo against nuclear use. A distinctive element of the CSBA approach is its use of scenario planning to create a focused and outcome-oriented conversation. Year one will emphasize building and testing several nuclear planning scenarios, and year two will incorporate year one findings into a study of extended deterrence in a proliferated world.
2014 National Committee on American Foreign Policy International Program, International Peace and Security Nuclear Security $525,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 36
Description: For multilateral engagements on North Korea and Northeast Asia
Link: www.ncafp.org
Abstract: The next three years will be critical in determining whether there is any possibility of reining in the North Korean nuclear program. We are now at a point where one possible future scenario is for North Korea to continue developing an unbounded nuclear strike capability that will soon threaten all of Northeast Asia, including U.S. allies and American bases in the region. A second more hopeful scenario envisions the Obama Administration reopening dialogue with Pyongyang and working out a phased approach that would start with a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear program and end with denuclearization. The National Committee on American Foreign Policy believes that the second scenario is still viable and that its region-wide Track II programs can play an important role in helping advance this cause.
2014 Sojourners National Program, Strengthening US Democracy $150,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For a project to engage and amplify the voice of the evangelical community in support of immigration reform
Link: http://www.sojo.net
Abstract: For many Americans, the problems created by the current immigration system contradict their values and beliefs and present a moral imperative to fix the immigration system. Given the strong influence religion has on shaping the values of many Americans, faith coalitions can play an important role in educating the public about the moral and practical failures of current immigration policy and the need for federal immigration reform. Established in 1971, Sojourners is a national, nonpartisan Christian organization committed to engaging the faith community in support of social justice issues. Sojourners builds alliances among, and mobilizes people of faith, focusing on racial and social justice issues, among others. With Corporation support, Sojourners will engage and amplify the voice of the Christian community—especially evangelicals—in support of immigration reform.
2014 Faith in Public Life, Inc. National Program, Strengthening US Democracy, Democracy and Civic Integration Immigrant Civic Integration $150,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For a project to amplify the voice of key Catholic messengers in support of immigration reform
Link: http://www.faithinpubliclife.org
Abstract: According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 69 percent of American adults self-identify as very or moderately religious. Religious leaders can play a powerful role in shaping public opinion on important policy issues, including immigration. Given the strong influence religion has on shaping the values of many Americans, faith coalitions play an important role in educating the public about the moral and practical failures of current immigration policy and the need for federal immigration reform. Faith in Public Life (FPL) is a communications strategy center for the faith community, amplifying the faith voice on a range of public policy issues. FPL maximizes the faith community’s ability to impact public debates by creating innovative communications and advocacy campaigns, capitalizing on rapid-response opportunities, and equipping faith leaders with tools to successfully engage public leaders and the media. With Corporation support, Faith in Public Life will help leaders from the Catholic higher education community to unify and amplify their message in order to create a national environment more conducive to positive immigration reform.
2014 Public Religion Research Institute National Program, Strengthening US Democracy, Democracy and Civic Integration Immigrant Civic Integration $400,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For public opinion research on the effect of religion and values on American attitudes on immigration reform and civic integration
Link: http://publicreligion.org/
Abstract: According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 69 percent of American adults self-identify as very or moderately religious. Religious Americans include members of a broad range of faiths, and their opinions on immigration are similarly diverse and deeply nuanced. With a better understanding of the role religion plays in shaping different faith groups’ views on specific immigration policy proposals, religious leaders, faith-based groups, and immigration reform advocates can more effectively engage and mobilize these groups. Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, opinion leaders, scholars, clergy, and the public better understand debates on public policy issues and the role of religion and values in American public life by conducting quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research. With Corporation support, and in partnership with the Brookings Institution, PRRI will conduct extensive public opinion polling and research on how religious and moral commitments drive Americans’ attitudes toward immigration reform and civic integration issues.
2014 America's Voice Education Fund National Program, Strengthening US Democracy, Democracy and Civic Integration Immigrant Civic Integration $1,500,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For general support
Link: www.americasvoiceonline.org
Abstract: In 2012 immigration rose to the top of the national policy agenda. The Obama Administration announced its decision to defer the deportation of many undocumented immigrant youth who were brought to the country as children; members of Congress, Democrat and Republican alike, declared their commitment to address immigration policy following the 2012 elections; and since then, efforts continue to reform the current federal immigration system. In past efforts to advance federal reform, such as in 2007, a major flaw was the lack of a unified voice to promote the immigrant narrative through various media platforms. Established in 2008 with Corporation support, America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) has filled this gap and played a pivotal role in advancing immigration reform. With Corporation support, America’s Voice Education Fund will continue to serve as the voice of the immigrant integration movement and help shape the media narrative on immigration policy and politics at the federal and state levels.
2014 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, Inc. National Program, Strengthening US Democracy, Democracy and Civic Integration Voter Engagement $250,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 12
Description: For a public education, outreach, and communications campaign on the importance of voting rights
Link: www.civilrights.org
Abstract: The historic 1965 Voting Rights Act was enacted at the height of the civil rights movement to combat discriminatory practices used by state and local governments to restrict the rights of minorities to vote. For almost fifty years the law has prevented hundreds of voting changes that would limit and reduce the voting power of underrepresented groups from taking effect and also likely deterred the consideration or adoption of countless other discriminatory voting changes. The Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder significantly undercut the strength of the Voting Rights Act, opening the door to renewed efforts at voting discrimination by state and local governments. With Corporation support, the Leadership Conference Education Fund will launch a public education, outreach, and communications campaign to educate the public about the importance of voting rights and why strong national policies that allow all to vote are needed.
2014 Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. National Program, Strengthening US Democracy, Democracy and Civic Integration Voter Engagement $1,000,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 15
Description: For the voting rights litigation working group
Link: www.maldef.org
Abstract: The historic 1965 Voting Rights Act was enacted at the height of the civil rights movement to combat discriminatory practices used by state and local governments to restrict the rights of minorities to vote. For almost fifty years the law has prevented hundreds of voting changes that would limit and reduce the voting power of underrepresented groups from taking effect and also likely deterred the consideration or adoption of countless other discriminatory voting changes. The Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder significantly undercut the strength of the Voting Rights Act, opening the door to renewed efforts at voting discrimination by state and local governments. Given the threat that the Supreme Court’s ruling poses to voting rights, ten of the leading voting rights litigation organizations in the country have come together to form the Voting Rights Litigation Working Group and deepen their ongoing collaboration in response to the Shelby County v. Holder case. With Corporation support, the working group members will leverage their collective expertise by consulting and collaborating on litigation efforts to defend new challenges to voting rights in the wake of the Shelby County v. Holder case.
2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching National Program, Urban and Higher Education $1,000,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 15
Description: For pathways to student success at scale through networked improvement communities
Link: www.carnegiefoundation.org
Abstract: Strong community colleges are key to upward mobility in America; new labor market demands require young Americans to have higher level capabilities to move beyond low-wage work. Today approximately half of students entering community college are under-prepared in math and require developmental courses, and up to 70 percent of developmental math students never complete the sequence. Developmental math courses need complete redesign. Working through a networked community with the Community College Pathway program, the Carnegie Foundation created two new mathematics pathways Statway and Quantway. The Carnegie Foundation has shown that the Pathways approach can dramatically improve student success rates, and that both Statway and Quantway can continue to produce high levels of student success as the approach scales. With renewed support from the Corporation, the Carnegie Foundation will continue to transition from a successful small-scale initiative to build the infrastructure for a self-sustaining continuous quality improvement effort that will advance efficacy in student success at large scale.
2014 University of Texas at Austin National Program, Urban and Higher Education $1,500,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 15
Description: For "New Math Pathways," a project building successful transitions to postsecondary education
Abstract: Mathematics is the gateway to college success and key barrier course. To earn a degree, in most community colleges, students must pass a college-level math course. Today approximately half of students entering community college are under-prepared in math and require developmental coursework. Yet, developmental math education is not effective. To address this problem, in 2010, the Corporation supported the development of the Statway and Quantway programs, a partnership between the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Dana Center at the University of Texas. With renewed support from the Corporation, the Charles A. Dana Center, a key partner in Statway and Mathway, will continue to develop a complementary initiative through its New Mathways Project to increase the adoption of math pathways in a state community college system and create lasting impact with a program that can be scaled and implemented in community college systems across the country.
2014 North American Council for Online Learning National Program, Urban and Higher Education New Designs for Education Systems $200,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 12
Description: For support of CompetencyWorks technical assistance convening
Link: http://www.inacol.org
Abstract: As Opportunity by Design points out, innovative school models that are powerful enough to recuperate and accelerate student learning will be necessary to stem the tide of dropouts and ensure that students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards and graduate with the skills and knowledge to succeed in postsecondary education and in careers. Mastery-based learning, an important compentent of such models, can be facilitated by blended learning models; yet, mastery-based education and blended learning technical assistance (TA) providers often operate in silos and do not leverage one another’s lessons. In addition, there is a high degree of confusion in the field around the language used to describe mastery-based education and blended learning and around how each can be combined to personalize learning for students. CompetencyWorks will help bridge the gap by hosting a first-of-its-kind convening that brings together mastery-based education and blended learning technical assistance providers. CompetencyWorks will then actively share knowledge from the convening with the belief that increased access to information, best practices, and peer networks will increase the likelihood that mastery-based education models will grow and will be implemented with a focus on quality and equity.
2014 Gateway to College National Network National Program, Urban and Higher Education New Designs for Education Systems $225,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For three research studies to inform program improvement and advance knowledge about postsecondary outcomes for at-risk students
Abstract: Gateway to College is an innovative model where at-risk students complete their high school diploma requirements at community colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associate’s degree or certificate. With previous Corporation funding, Gateway to College dramatically increased its ability to track and analyze data across its network of programs as a critical element of their strategy for higher impact. The proposed scope of work will enable Gateway to College to identify factors that contribute to the performance of subpopulations of students in its programs and determine which factors can be effectively influenced through program improvements. The results of these studies will allow Gateway to College to further improve its program and better serve its students. In addition, they will provide insight to the field about how to effectively reengage and support at-risk students.
2014 Council of Chief State School Officers, Inc. National Program, Urban and Higher Education New Designs for Education Systems $300,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 18
Description: For developing a common definition of English Language Learners
Link: www.ccsso.org
Abstract: With previous Corporation funding, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has led the way to ensure English Language Learners (ELLs) have full access to the Common Core State Standards. Most recently, CCSSO has begun work with states and ELL experts to establish a common definition for ELLs. Currently, states use a variety of methods to define ELL students and to reclassify them as proficient, which leads to high levels of variation among states and districts. In the proposed scope of work, CCSSO will convene ELL experts, states, and representatives from the assessment consortia to examine policy and technical issues relevant to classification and reclassification of ELLs and to create a common definition of ELL and common criteria for reclassifying ELLS as proficient. This grant provides the opportunity to bring a much-needed commonality to ELL policy and is an important step in ensuring all ELLs have full access the Common Core State Standards. It will help states better classify ELLs and ensure that they receive appropriate academic supports and fair testing accommodations.
2014 Digital Promise National Program, Urban and Higher Education New Designs for Education Systems $350,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 18
Description: For support of a research initiative on education technology
Link: http://www.digitalpromise.org
Abstract: Digital learning is a highly promising approach for accelerating student learning, but it will only reach its full promise if adoption and implementation is accompanied by research that informs improvements of products and instructional use. Digital Promise’s proposed scope of work offers an opportunity for R&D to be built into early-stage development in the field. Digital Promise will complete a three-part plan for a research initiative focused on creating transparency about current research, collaborating with the research community, and engaging stakeholders from education, research, policy, and business. This scope of work will be an important step towards creating a strong research agenda to bolster the capacity of the field through knowledge development and dissemination. Moreover, the research agenda has the potential of creating stronger understanding of what technologies improve teaching and learning, particularly to support the acceleration and recuperation of learning and enable personalization as a way of helping all students meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
2014 Envision Schools National Program, Urban and Higher Education New Designs for Education Systems $400,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: For continued development of the Deeper Learning Student Assessment System
Link: www.envisionschools.org
Abstract: The Common Core State Standards, which are now being implemented in forty-five states and the District of Columbia, help make the pathway from high school to higher education and the workforce significantly smoother for students, with an emphasis on critical thinking, skill development, and essential 21st-century content. But the new standards pose a challenge to states, districts, schools, and teachers across the country, who must find new ways of accelerating student learning to meet the higher bar. Envision Education proposes to continue and conclude work on the Deeper Learning Student Assessment System (DLSAS), the main project of the Deeper Learning Student Assessment Initiative (DLSAI), which was launched in 2011 by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with the Corporation as a supporting partner. The DLSAS has been developed in partnership with successful school networks (many of whom are also Corporation grantees), including New Tech Network, Asia Society, and Connected Learning. The partners have created a series of performance tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards and to the strongest practices of deeper learning, which encourages students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained to grow academically.
2014 New Profit Inc. Urban and Higher Education, National Program New Designs for Education Systems $500,000
Date: 03/06/2014
Duration (months): 24
Description: As a final grant for the Social Innovation Fund intermediary strategy
Link: http://www.newprofit.com
Abstract: In 2010, New Profit was named as an intermediary for the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF). As an intermediary, New Profit is required to match the federal dollars it receives and re-grant the funding to subgrantees in its Pathways Fund. The subgrantee organizations in the Pathways Fund are focused on improving outcomes in one of four college- and career-related goal areas: high school graduation and GED attainment, college enrollment, college persistence, and living wage employment. Since the start of the Pathways Fund, New Profit has carried out high-quality work. With ongoing, targeted support from New Profit, all of the subgrantee organizations are on track to meeting their five-year, end-of-engagement goals. The Corporation’s funding will continue to provide a portion of the match funding for New Profit, which will then be re-granted to the organizations in the Pathways Fund. In addition to this funding, the subgrantee organizations will also continue to receive a suite of technical assistance supports to help them strengthen and scale their organizations.