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Michigan Language Assessment Research Grants

Michigan Language Assessment supports two research grant programs: the Spaan Research Grant Program and the Latin America Research Grant Program.

Spaan Research Grant Program

The Spaan Research Grant Program was established to recognize Mary Spaan’s contributions to the field of language assessment through her more than three decades of work at the University of Michigan. The grants support research projects related to second or foreign language learning, assessment, and evaluation. These projects can be done independently or in collaboration with Michigan Language Assessment staff where appropriate. Project reports are published in the Michigan Language Assessment Working Papers.

Proposals related to one or more Michigan Language Assessment tests are invited from faculty, graduate students, and other language assessment professionals. This year, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals related to the following topics:

  • investigations into the use and impact of MET
  • investigations into the use and impact of MET Go!, particularly of the personalized feedback provided on the score report
  • investigations into the use of the Michigan English Placement Test in North American contexts
  • investigations related to interaction on the ECCE and ECPE speaking tests
  • investigations into learners’ language growth over time

Latin America Research Grant Program

The Michigan Language Assessment Latin America Research Grant was established to support research on language learning, assessment, and evaluation in the Latin American context. These projects can be done independently or in collaboration with Michigan Language Assessment staff where appropriate. Project reports are published in the Michigan Language Assessment Working Papers.

Proposals related to one or more Michigan Language Assessment tests are invited from faculty, graduate students, and other language assessment professionals. This year, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals related to the following topics:

  • the use of MET among teachers and other public sector contexts
  • the impact of MET and/or MET Go! on academic programs, curricula, and learning outcomes
  • the relationship of MET and/or MET Go! to national and regional standards, frameworks, and curricula

Other investigations in applied linguistics, learning, and assessment set in the Latin American context and using MET or MET Go! as a measure are also welcome.

Duration and Funding

Selected projects from both programs will each be provided with funding of up to $5,000 USD. Funding is for 12 months, though projects on a different time scale, where necessary and justified, will be considered.

Application Process

Applications to both programs should be completed using the online application form and must include:

  • Applicant(s) name(s) and contact information
  • Which program submission is for
  • Research project details
  • Curriculum vitae for each researcher named on the application form
  • For student applications, contact information for two academic references
  • For collaborative research, role in study and expertise of Michigan Language Assessment staff needed

Applications to both programs must be received by December 2, 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged according to alignment with Michigan Language Assessments’ research interests, quality and clarity of proposal, likelihood that project will be completed in the stated timeframe, significance of the project within current scholarship in the field, and likelihood that the project will result in a publishable paper.

Funding Conditions

Successful applicants must sign a research agreement before funding commences. The research agreement confirms the funding arrangements, the security of data and materials, and the terms and conditions governing the publication of the results of the research. Grant recipients must also prepare a final report of their project by the stipulated deadline for inclusion in the Michigan Language Assessment Working Papers. They will be asked for status updates in May and September.

Important Dates

October 4, 2019 Call for Proposals
December 2, 2019 Deadline for Applications
December 20, 2019 Notification of results
February 1, 2020 Project start date
January 31, 2021 Deadline for project report

Questions

For inquiries, please write to research@michiganassessment.org.