2016 Grant Guidelines & Application

The Faster Forward Fund Grant Guidelines and Application–2016

The Faster Forward Fund is pleased to announce its second annual round of grants for universities, nonprofits, other organizations, individuals and groups working to move the field of evaluation forward into the new millennium.

Please read the Overview and call for Proposals of 3F for more details and see our list of FAQ’s. You are also encouraged to download our word-doc version of the application. Note: this year we are also offering Special Focus Awards and applications covering one of those categories are given slight preferential treatment.

Note: in general, supported proposals will produce new understand­ing or evaluative information about evaluation, in a form suitable for immediate publication, typically in a paper, chapter, or a set of these. Work that has been previously published, online or in hard copy, will not be eligible. Also ineligible is any evaluation of the usual applied kind that currently occurs in the score of fields where thousands of professional evaluators already work, not even if it uses some novel methodology; the research must be on that novel methodology, not just embodying it.

New Proposals

The 2016 requirements are:

  1. describe what you and your group/organization is and wants to do, when, where, and how. Include methods to be used, materials and services required and a timeline. (Timeline must note a proposed mid-point task(s) and/or indicators and a due date for them; as well as a completion target date, usually less than 12 months.);
  2. describe indicators you think should be used to assess progress and conclusions of the project and note these in your timeline;
  3. provide an argument, and perhaps evidence (e.g., a needs assessment), that this effort is consistent with the aims of 3F. This should include a discussion of social payoff and epistemological benefits (i.e. knowledge + understanding/insights & behavior);
  4. give your estimate (and evidence) of feasibility and importance, with emphasis on expected tangible results that will be widely available; include qualifications of the personnel involved (note expertise, experience, knowledge, training, etc.).
  5. submit a detailed budget and, if appropriate, evidence for its accuracy and cost-effective­ness (e.g., don’t include travel when video can do the job). Note that 3F will not pay overhead beyond about 10%, preferably less.
  6. keep all this down to a maxi­mum of a 3-5,000 thousand words (e.g. by severely condensing your cv), to reduce the investment of time by you and us. (It is acceptable to point to a website which has additional information about you or your project. However, the website information will not necessarily be read, so the submitted proposal must contain sufficient information to be complete and stand on its own.)

* While we strongly recommend using colleagues for extra input and critique of your proposal, they should not be identified as co-authors for that kind of input, and a principal investigator (or at most 2) must be identified to take responsibility for the project and its funds. 

Proposals are due midnight, Pacific Standard Time, November 15, 2016.

Decision time will depend on the number of entries, but we expect to make award announcements within 4-6 weeks.

Applications for a few thous­and dollars are more likely to be supported than those requesting or requir­ing tens of thousands (partly because there can be more of them); and requiring hundreds of thousands puts a proposal beyond the current 3F range.  This year’s funds available will be in total, approximately double those provided last year, but individual grants will most still be about the same (i.e. mostly small; under 10K). 

Payment to successful applicants is best done via a legally qualified philanthropy, e.g., your university or non profit organization (email FasterForwardFund@gmail to discuss possible exemptions; overseas applicants may require additional documentation). 

3F will normally expect to pay no more that 10% overhead. Payment will normally be in three installments: a small sum for start-up costs; a mid-project payment ; and a final payment (after completion of project and acceptance of final report, including a 150-200 word summary).

Reporting 3F results openly, which we think is important, means that a summary of results and support will be posted on the web and perhaps elsewhere.

Feedback Evaluators should practice what they preach, and for good reasons, so we welcome suggestions for improving this proposal or its presuppositions. Send them to our email at FasterForwardFund@gmail.com, subject: “Suggestions”.

SubmissionsPlease send all information requested above to us by email to fasterforwardfund@gmail.com with “FFF -2015 Grant Application” in the subject line.

 We are looking for “outside of the box thinking” and welcome “outside of the box/standard form” applications; however, if you prefer to download this page as a word doc to work from, just click here.

Applications must be received electronically by midnight PST on September 15, 2015. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please resend.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

The Faster Forward Fund Advisory Committee