The Bureau of Educational Research (BER) leads the College of Education research mission and provides support activities and resources, providing pre-award proposal development, supporting the development of with large-scale strategic collaborations, and conducting internal funding programs, and supporting research relationships with K-12 school research sites.
Good ways for college researchers to stay up to date on new opportunities include: (1) Reading BER’s monthly newsletter, distributed to all College faculty and staff, which include highlights of select new and high profile opportunities; and (2) Subscribing directly to funder listservs for news and alerts on both campus and external funding programs.
At the University level, a wide variety of tools and resources enable faculty, students and staff to explore funding opportunities for scholarly activities. The GrantForward and SPIN funding search databases are free for Illinois researcher use (with Illinois institutional profile). Researchers seeking foundation funding can consult with campus Foundation Relations staff for assistance.
Peer-reviewed funding is an important part of academic research.
Visit BER Internal web pages for more supports.
Associate Dean for Research and Director, Bureau of Educational Research
The Associate Dean for Research (ADR)
has primary responsibility for promoting and supporting research,
research education, and external funding within the College of Education
and its overall research and scholarship portfolio.
Elizabeth (Beth) Niswander
Director of Strategic Initiatives
research development in the College of Education by working with new
and assistant professors in developing their research programs, and by
helping the College and its researchers to discern, articulate,
organize, and respond to significant larger-scale research
opportunities. Organizes research teams or collaborative groups to
author and edit proposals and white papers. Provides liaison to campus
research resources via the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation(OVCRI). Serves on the leadership team of the OVCRI-sponsored campus Research Development Community (RDC) network.
Director, Office of School-University Research Relations
Manages and develops research relations with school districts, including facilitating partnerships for college & campus faculty & student research. Works closely with the the College of Education Office of Public Engagement. Also serves as liaison to Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) with regards to PreK-12 research IRB issues and developments; promotes PreK-12 research connections with other campus units.