E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Geography Education Research Grant
NCGE's Research Committee will award grants in 2011 for research on issues related to geography education
Proposals may request up to $4,000 for projects lasting up to 24 months.
The deadline for proposal submission is Fri 8 April 2011.
Awards will be presented during the National Conference on Geography Education in Portland Oregon in August.
Purpose. The Miller Research Grant program was established in 2004 through a generous endowment
to NCGE by E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller. The grants are intended to advance the frontiers of geography
education by supporting and promoting innovative research in theory, practice, and application. Projects
should enhance the understanding of geographic learning and teaching through original investigations
of learning processes, techniques, and content. Projects may focus on geographic learning and teaching
at any age level from pre-school to adult. Investigations concentrating on the
individual learners and teachers are welcome as are studies that pursue issues of geographic education
at the classroom, school, district, college, state, national, or international levels. Empirical research
is encouraged, as is research on learning among students, instruction and/or pre-service and in-service
programs for geography educators.
Proposals that do not explicitly focus on research related to teaching and learning geography will not be considered.
In 2011, the NCGE is particularly interested in applications relevant to the instruction
and assessment of the Advanced Placement (AP) Human geography course.
Eligibility and Restrictions.
1) Applicants must be NCGE members.
2) Grantees are required to present the results of their projects: (1) at an annual meeting of NCGE;
and (2) in a manuscript submitted for publication in the Journal of Geography.
not awarded for any other salary, fringe benefits of grantees, indirect costs, travel to conferences, tuition, page costs, or fees and registrations. Equipment such as computer hardware and software is generally non-fundable unless it is directly andclearly tied to the success of a research project.
4) Grantees must demonstrate that they have obtained any needed clearances for research
involving human subjects that are required by their institutions or organizations.
5) A final narrative report of the research and a full financial accounting is due to NCGE within 90
days after the termination date of the project.
6) In exceptional circumstances, when the project warrants, requests may be made in excess of
Evaluation Criteria. Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with standards adapted from the
National Science Foundation proposal review criteria as follows:
1) What is the intellectual or scientific merit of the proposed activity? How important is the
proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding of geographic education? How well
qualified is the applicant (individual or team) to conduct the project? To what extent does the proposed
activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the
proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?
2) What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity on the theory or practice of
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and
learning? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological
understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to geographic education, geography,
Application Format and Supporting Materials
Applications should be 2,000 words or less, excluding the cover and budget sheets and other
supporting materials as noted below. The complete application should include:
1) Cover Sheet. Include title of the project, current contact information, and a 100 word project
2) The Project Description. The Project Description should include:
a) Specific objectives for the proposed work.
b) A description of the research design and experimental methods or procedures
c) An explanation of how the research advances geographic education.
d) A description of expected outcomes or deliverables (curriculum materials, education
products, web sites, etc.)
e) A timeline for the project
3) The Project Budget. A simple line item budget must be submitted explaining the intended
uses of funds. Restrictions on budget items are noted under "Eligibility and Restrictions."
Applicants should note in the budget any matching or supplementary funds being used for the
project. Matching funds are not required for Miller Grants, but if the proposal is part of another
project, it must be noted how the Miller funds will be budgeted respectively. It is assumed that
some research projects will require funds beyond those provided by the Miller award, so cost
sharing is encouraged when possible or necessary.
4) Supporting Materials. Please include:
a) Curriculum vita of applicant(s) highlighting research or activities that are especially relevant to
the proposed research (two page maximum).
For graduate student applicants:
b) Include a letter of support from a faculty member who is familiar with your work and can
comment on the quality of the proposal and the anticipated likelihood that the project will be
All submissions must be made electronically. The application must include the following 4
items. These items should be combined into a single PDF file.
1. Cover sheet
2. Project summary and description
4. Supporting materials
Submit all materials in a single PDF file to Eric J. Fournier, NCGE Vice President for Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications received by the deadline will be acknowledged by return e-mail.
Any questions and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Fournier
at the e-mail address above or at (205) 726-2113.
All proposals are due by Friday, April 8
NCGE Research Committee
Eric J. Fournier, Samford University
Gillian Acheson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Diana Sinton, University of Redlands
Shannon White, University of Missouri
Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students within the geospatial sciences field or one related to it are encouraged to submit applications by the May 2 deadline.
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