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Call for Proposals: ILTA Grant Funding for Collaboration and Outreach
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4/4/2019 to 5/15/2019
When: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Where: United States

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ILTA Grant Funding for Collaboration and Outreach - Call for Proposals

(ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award, formerly the Meetings and Workshops Award)

ILTA aims to promote collaboration between language testers and other audiences—teachers, test takers, educational administrators, policy makers, etc.—to the benefit of all parties. One way of carrying out this mission is to encourage workshops and meetings with these stakeholders to share expertise and further knowledge relevant to language testing and assessment practice

ILTA offers individual grants of up to US$3,000 to promote such collaboration, ILTA's grant funding is NOT intended to support meetings between language testing professionals, but instead focuses on supporting opportunities to share knowledge among a wider audience in different parts of the world—especially in places where such conversations have been largely absent. One example of an activity covered by the grant would be the organization of workshops or meetings to promote understanding, familiarity, and knowledge of language testing issues and practice among various groups of test users. In some cases, the award will be used as 'seed' money to organise a workshop or meeting with a view to establishing a permanent local organisation that will conduct further practical activities in language testing and assessment in the future.

In addition to providing workshops and establishing new organisations, other activities covered by the mandate of the grant include the development of materials, or meetings with stakeholders from beyond the field of language testing (i.e., experts in the specific domains for which assessments are developed). Ideally, proposed activities will be mutually beneficial, intended to develop the language assessment literacy of all parties.

More than one award of US$ 3,000 may be made available in any one year, subject to sufficient funds being available. The procedures require that an award must be used within 15 months of being approved (i.e. proposals approved in April 2019 must be carried out by July 2020.

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSION:
Those eligible to apply are individual language testers, teachers and others representing various types of institutions such as universities, research institutes, schools and testing organisations. Applicants must be ILTA members or, in the case of joint applications, at least one applicant must be an ILTA member. (In cases of extreme financial hardship the membership costs for ILTA may be included as part of the proposal, but a justification is needed in such a case.)

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Those interested can apply by sending a 3- to 5-page (single-spaced) proposal which should include the following:
1. brief background regarding the state of language testing/assessment in the specific context (country, region, school system, professional field)
2. rationale for holding this particular activity
3. description of target participant groups and the potential benefits of the activity for all participants
4. detailed plan for the activity
5. background of the organiser(s) and other participants to demonstrate experience and capacity to undertake the activity (the CV of at least one main organiser should be included to support this point)
6. If the proposal includes a meeting or other event, duration and location of the event and tentative dates
7. amount of funding needed and a specific description of how it will be used (including a budget breakdown)
8. intended results of the activity, detailing the short- and long-term impact the event is expected to have
9. full contact details of the organiser(s)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Applications should be sent by e-mail to Micheline Chalhoub (mbchalho@uncg.edu) by 15 May. No late applications will be accepted.

SELECTION PROCESS:
Each application for grant funding will be evaluated by a special committee of three members to be chaired by the ILTA President or delegate and including one or more of the current ILTA Members at Large. The committee may also call upon other relevant experts to input to the selection process. In light of this, the committee will determine the likely evaluation/wait time needed before a decision can be made and will notify the applicant(s) accordingly.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:
Selection will be based upon the fit between the application and the guidelines which are represented in the preceding sections of this document. The evaluators will look for evidence of careful planning in regard to the content, location (if applicable), participants, and cost of the proposed activity, as well as considering the qualifications and experience of the facilitators of the activity and their links to the context of concern. Priority will be given to contexts with limited access to support and development in language testing and assessment. Priority will also be given to activities that provide affordances for language assessment literacy development for multiple stakeholders (including language assessment specialists). The likely short and long-term impact of the initiative for all parties will also be taken into account.

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