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FROEBEL TRUST RESEARCH GRANT
PROGRAMME 2017 APPLICATION GUIDANCE
- The Froebel Trust has
allocated £150k for new research grants to be awarded in the period to 31 October 2017. Grants will be inclusive of any VAT that may be applicable.
- We actively encourage
applicants who are new to the Trust.
The Froebel Trust Five Year
should indicate how the proposal will support the Trust’s strategy. There are four elements to this:
- Please note
that the Trust will only fund research that relates to early childhood – i.e. up to the age of 8.
applications will need to map their proposal against our Five Year Strategy, which is downloadable from our website (www.froebel.org.uk). The Froebelian principles to which we are committed
- The integrity of
childhood in its own right
- The relationship of every child to family,
community and to nature, culture and society
- The uniqueness of every
child's capacity and potential
- The holistic nature of
the development of every child
- The role of play and
creativity as central integrating elements in development and learning
- The right of children to protection from
harm or abuse and to the promotion of their overall well-being
- The strategy
identifies three cross cutting themes that reflect our vision and priorities. These will provide an additional focus for our grant giving and will be reviewed at the end of a three year period.
Applicants are invited to consider how their research will address at least one of the themes. The themes are:
disadvantage and valuing diversity
under stress (focusing on those environments in which young children cannot play freely or with agency)
- Adult (staff
and parental) engagement with young children
should address at least one of the objectives below:.
a. Contribute to deepening understanding of:
i. The theoretical underpinning of froebelian principles
ii. How Froebelian principles may contribute to high quality early childhood development, care and education
b. Provide evidence of how effective practice that follows those principles can be developed and supported for children in care and
- The Trust has
five major research priorities. They are:
- a. Access to high
quality early years provision for families in disadvantaged areas What are the particular difficulties faced by families in disadvantaged areas in accessing provision and in what ways may
Froebelian Principles inform the strengthening of the capacity of provision to work in partnership with families
- b..Transition to primary school What are the
challenges facing children and families in the transition from early years to primary school? What models are there of how these challenges have been mitigated? What evidence is there of the impact
of these models on children’s well-being and attainment?
Nurturing high quality, stable and sensitive interactions between staff and children/families What models of continuing professional development
(CPD) are being used to promote stability and sensitivity of interaction between staff and children and what is the contribution of a distinctly Froebelian approach here? What evidence is there of
the effectiveness of different models of CPD? If the importance of ‘competent’ systems as well as ‘competent’ practitioners is accepted, what evidence is there of the key features of a competent
system to facilitate effective CPD? What are the key features of a successful key person approach?
- d. Developing playful
pedagogy and resourcing for play
- e. Finding pedagogies
that are inclusive of and celebrate diversity (including white children from lower income backgrounds, and ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic status)
What we will
should set realistic budgets within the parameters outlined in paragraph 1 above. Costs requested can include:
- Personnel costs directly
incurred exclusively in relation to the project, including salary/visiting lecturer replacement or cover e.g. teaching staff, consultancy costs, project management fees
- Direct activity and
production costs including venue costs, equipment and materials, project travel costs, including costs of attendance at relevant UK conferences
- Project administration
costs where these are not already covered by other funding
- Project publicity costs,
including launch event costs
- Disclosure and Barring
Service checks for applications in the UK & NI
- VAT on fees where the
VAT cannot be reclaimed
- Costs that we
will not cover:
- Full economic
- Salary costs of staff
who are already funded by their organisation
- Core overheads of the
applying organisation not related to the project, e.g. heating, rent, etc
- Expenses incurred in
submitting an application (including attending interviews)
- Bursaries or other costs
for Masters degrees or PhDs
- Costs arising prior to
the start date of the project
Research Grants are open to research and educational institutions and individuals that share our goal of increasing and advancing the knowledge and application of Froebelian principles in the
teaching of children from 0 to 8. Partnership projects are welcome, but in this case, a lead institution should be identified.
- In all cases,
one named person should act as Principal Investigator. This is the individual with whom the Trust will correspond about the application. The Principal Investigator is normally considered by the
Trust to be the ‘Holder’ of the award, i.e. the grant holder.
guidance notes should be read by everyone concerned with the application, including the Principal Investigator, any other applicants, any other key people involved in the project as well as the
head of the organisation or department in which the work will be undertaken.
application should be submitted on the Trust’s open call application form.
The child voice
- The Froebel Trust is committed to an approach to research which sees children as participants rather than
subjects, and acknowledges their rights to express their views freely and to have these taken into account, consistent with the UNCRC (1989).
- The following questions may be helpful in reflecting on the place of children in your project (please note that
it is not necessary to address each of them in your application):
- Is it appropriate for children to be involved in thinking about the topic and content of your project? If so, how can this be done?
- Is it appropriate for children to be involved in thinking about the design of your project? If so, how can this be done?
- How will you explain your project to potential child participants? – e.g. verbally, using video, play, drawings, posters etc.
- How will you gain the children’s consent? (this does not replace the consent of parents/carers/guardians) – e.g. verbally, mark-making, a signature, smiley face
- How will you know that children continue to consent, or are withdrawing consent during the project? – e.g. verbally, through gesture, body language, facial expression
- How will you ensure children’s anonymity and protect their confidentiality?
- How can you ensure children have feedback about their involvement?
- Can children be involved in disseminating findings?
- Research funding should be used for projects where
the intention is to make a difference to policy or practice – the impact factors need to be high. All eligible applications will be
considered via our scrutiny and grants process based on the criteria set out below.
- The potential of the
project to develop understanding, interest, and/or debate about Froebelian principles
- The extent to which it
supports delivery of the Trust’s strategic priorities
- The originality of the
project – i.e. the extent to which it brings something new to the understanding and application of Froebelian principles
- The feasibility of the
project and the quality of its management
- The value of the
project’s planned outcomes and the extent to which it has been planned realistically in order to achieve them
- The evaluation plans and
the plans to disseminate any learning to peers
- Whether the budget has
been sufficiently justified and whether the project offers value for money
- Applicants will wish to note that the reason for applications failing last year included:
- Poor mapping against Froebelian principles, including projects in which they had been tacked onto a pre-existing project idea (This was the chief reason for
applications being turned down)
- Where the project built on earlier work, poor explanation for why the Trust would want to fund a continuation
- Unnamed researchers
- Budgets that were poorly thought through or included excessive costings for some items
Submitting your application
- Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Saturday 1 July.
- The application must be written in Calibri 12 point. In addition to a scanned signed copy, a version in
Microsoft Word or equivalent must be submitted.
- We aim to communicate the outcome of applications in October 2017. The decision of the Froebel Trust will be final. Every effort has been made to develop a thorough and
informed assessment process. The Trust reserves the right not to enter into any correspondence about the assessment process and/or any subsequent monitoring procedures.
- The Trust uses a standard Deed of Grant. The wording of this will be available on the website by June. This
Deed is non-negotiable and applicants should ensure that they have obtained any clearance that is required from their institution before submitting their application.
- Successful applicants will be required to submit interim and final reports, to be agreed with the
- It will be a condition of grants that open access to anonymised data must be offered.