The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) will award at least two grants of up to $1,000 for research associated with NACEP-defined concurrent enrollment programs. Preference will be given to grant proposals that answer one of the following research questions:
- How and where do credits earned through concurrent enrollment transfer?
- What impact does concurrent enrollment have on subsequent achievement?
- What impact does concurrent enrollment have on graduation rates?
- What impact does concurrent enrollment have on high school academic rigor?
- What impact does concurrent enrollment have on facilitating access and transition to postsecondary programs?
- Is the impact of concurrent enrollment different from the impact of AP and IB programs?
- Is there a difference between those years prior to concurrent enrollment partnership implementation with regards to high school graduation, AYP scores, etc. and those years after implementation of a partnership?
- How does concurrent enrollment contribute to a seamless K-16 education system?
- Are there differences between states with articulation agreements and those without articulation agreements?
NACEP defines concurrent enrollment as college-credit bearing courses taught to high school students by college-approved high school teachers. Preference will be given to grant proposals that specifically address concurrent enrollment or those that are looking broadly across multiple dual enrollment models, but are able to differentiate among models.
Individual or collaborative researchers, including graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for consideration.
- Up to $1,000 one-time monetary award (will be sent to researcher’s institution)
- Podium Announcement of award during the 2016 Conference
- Designated concurrent session for presentation during 2017 Annual Conference
- NACEP publication of research brief
- Completed research referenced on NACEP website
- The grant award is open to faculty, staff, or graduate students who are planning to conduct research on any aspect of concurrent enrollment and the college transition experience that can be completed for presentation at the 2017 Annual Conference.
- NACEP does not pay overhead or indirect costs on these grants. The grant award will be sent to the principal researcher’s institution.
Complete applications must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Friday, July 29, 2016.
Proposals must include the following:
- Title & Abstract (limit 250 words)
- Purpose of the research
- Summary of how the research will contribute to the understanding of NACEP Research questions listed above
- A timeline indicating completion by October 2017 conference
- Name of key personnel with abbreviated vitae
- Budget narrative for the grant award (could include cost of attending the NACEP national conference)
The proposal is limited to 5 pages double-spaced (inclusive) and should conform to The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
Deadlines and Application Procedures
- Proposals should be submitted online as an Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word Document by 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, July 29, 2016.
- Early submissions are encouraged.
- Confirmation of receipt will be sent to the principal investigator within two business days of submission.
- Only complete proposal packages will be accepted.
Research proposals will be reviewed by the NACEP Research Committee on the following criteria:
- Extent to which the research focuses on issues related to NACEP research questions
- Use of a sound research design including appropriate methodology – qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies will be considered
- Originality, creativity, and coherence of overall project
- Technical quality of the proposal (e.g., references, writing style)
- Completion of required documentation including copy of signed application form delivered by deadline.
Applicants will be notified by September 15, 2016, of the award decision.