Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Office of
Research and Evaluation (ORE) is announcing the 2017 National Service and Civic
Engagement Research Competition.
is seeking applications that build on existing research in the field, address
gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the
study of civic infrastructure, civic engagement, volunteering, national
service, and other related concepts such as social capital.
competition is only open to accredited institutions of higher education and is
funding research for dissertators and scholars.
are due July 11, 2017, no
later than 5:00 pm EST. Please use this link below to
access the full Notice of Funding Availability and Application
mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic
engagement through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior
Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of
citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and
has a strong belief in the importance of scholarly research in order to
identify effective strategies for national service and increase the
evidence-base for its programs, as well as to increase the nation’s
understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of strengthening
civic infrastructure and increasing civic engagement in America.
competition is only open to accredited institutions of higher education. The
institution of higher education (the legal applicant for this competition) will
submit an application from a “Program Director” (i.e., Principal Investigator).
anticipates funding projects in two categories: Dissertation and Scholars. Dissertation Category targets
research that may support doctoral dissertations. The Dissertator must have completed
their Ph.D. coursework and passed qualifying exams and achieved All But
Dissertation (ABD) status by October 1, 2017. Scholar Category targets established
academics, researchers, and postdoctoral researchers, with a proven track
record and standing in their respective fields.
Activities to be Funded
- Research including instrument development, data
collection, analysis and reporting
- Dissemination of results, including reports,
publications, and presentations
- Collaboration with practitioners and policymakers to
apply and use results from research findings to support their work with
communities, volunteers and/or national service participants
seeks to support research in three broad areas of equal priority.
1) How are civic infrastructure
and civic engagement defined, measured, developed and hindered?
is soliciting innovative qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research
studies that can explore how civic infrastructure and civic engagement, and
related concepts, such as social cohesion and social capital, are defined,
measured, developed or hindered at the community and neighborhood level. These
studies can be conceptual as well as empirical. ORE is particularly interested
in studies that use participatory research with community residents and
stakeholders in local communities.
2) How does an
individual’s civic engagement change over the course of a lifetime?
is seeking qualitative, quantitative or multimethod research that can explore
motivations for becoming engaged, types of civic engagement either informal,
formal or both, and outcomes of civic engagement over the life course.
What are the impacts
associated with civic engagement, volunteering, or national service?
is interested in studies that address outcomes associated with civic
engagement, volunteering, and national service for individuals, families and
communities. Though exploratory studies will receive consideration, CNCS
prefers projects in this priority area that are confirmatory and testing
hypotheses that can provide causal evidence. We are also interested in Return
on Investment or Cost-Benefit studies.
Letter of Intent is due June 9, 2017 no later than 5:00 pm EST. A Letter
of Intent is not required for this competition, but strongly encouraged. Please
refer to the Notice for instructions.
Applications are due July 11,
2017, no later than 5:00 pm EST.
Notice of Funding Availability (PDF)
Application Instructions (PDF)
Technical Assistance call will be held on May 25, 2017 at 1 pm Eastern time.
The call will provide a general overview of the Funding Availability and allow
time for questions from potential applicants. The call-in number is
877-918-5751, and you must enter passcode 2129912. Note: you will be asked to
review the Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions prior to
joining the call.
All calls will be recorded, and the replay number for the call is:
800-945-3639. The replay will be available following the call, through July 16,
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