[xmca] Fwd: TOEFL call for proposals

From: Peter Smagorinsky (smago@uga.edu)
Date: Wed Aug 03 2005 - 09:58:55 PDT

>>TOEFL COE Research Program - 2006 Call for Proposals
>>Preliminary applications described below should be submitted via e-mail to
>>Toeflresearchcoordination@ets.org by August 25, 2005.
>>Purpose - TOEFL Committee of Examiners (COE) research grants are intended to
>>support research on topics related to TOEFL as identified by the Committee
>>of Examiners and Educational Testing Service.
>>Award Value - Awards will be up to $75,000 USD, inclusive of institutional
>>Research Topics - The TOEFL COE has identified the following topics for
>>1. The effect of rater background characteristics on the rating of TOEFL iBT
>>speech samples.
>>2. Effective teaching practices using new TOEFL iBT-related tasks in
>>teaching and learning.
>>3. Evaluation of e-rater software for automated scoring of TOEFL iBT writing
>>samples using methods other than agreement with human raters.
>>4. A framework for assessing English for academic purposes for lower-
>>intermediate English language students.
>>Eligibility and Conditions - Applications are invited from individuals at
>>not-for-profit organizations and institutions with expertise in English
>>Language Learning and Assessment research. Proposals from unaffiliated
>>individuals or for-profit organizations are not eligible.
>>Each awardee will be required to submit interim and final reports and to
>>appropriately acknowledge the support of the TOEFL program when
>>disseminating the results of his or her work
>>Application Process
>>Interested applicants are required to submit an application as described
>>below. Invitations to submit a full proposal will be issued to selected
>>applicants based on the quality and cost effectiveness of the initial
>>Application must include
>>1. Cover page:
>>a. Title of proposed study
>>b. Your name and contact information including address, e-mail, telephone
>>c. Date of submission
>>2. A 500-600 word précis describing the topic you plan to address, a brief
>>rationale, a short statement about the research questions and design, a time
>>line, and an estimate of the cost. The cost estimate should include
>>institutional overhead.
>>3. A curriculum vitae and the names of two references.
>>Evaluation Criteria
>>Invitations to submit a full proposal will be issued to selected applicants
>>based on the quality of the précis. Précis will be evaluated in terms of the
>>relevance to the identified topics, the feasibility of the proposed
>>research, the qualifications of project staff, organizational capacity to
>>conduct the research, and cost effectiveness.
>>August 25, 2005 - Deadline for submission of application and précis.
>>September 15, 2005 ­ Response to précis.
>>November 1, 2005 ­ Deadline for submission of full proposal.
>>December 21, 2005 ­ Response to proposal.

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