Grants

After obtaining my PhD in 2010, I have been involved in grant-writing and the acquisition of research and pedagogical projects at the Centre of Language and Education (KU Leuven) until December 2015 and at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (Michigan State University) from January 2016 onward. In the projects marked with a * I was (one of) the principal investigator (PI) of the project proposal, in the other projects I was involved as a co-principal investigator (Co-PI).

2019

Developing Teacher Beliefs and Practices: Why Critical Multilingual Language Awareness (CMLA) Instruction Matters. Lyle Spencer Research Awards, shortlisted for full proposal. PI: Peter De Costa, Co-PIs: Corey Drake, Koen Van Gorp, Carrie Symons, Glenn Martinez, Liv Thorstensson Davila, David Johnson, Gail Lori Prasad, Kate Seltzer, Matthew Deroo, Hima Rawal, Christina Ponzio, Requested: $$1,000,000, Pending.

BTAA Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership (Cycle 2). Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. PI: Christopher Long, Co-PIs: Sonja Fritzsche, Felix Kronenberg, Koen Van Gorp, Emily Heidrich, Gordon Henry, June 2019 – August 2023, Requested: $2,500,000, Awarded: June 2019.

Examining language awareness in the context of self-organizing learning environment. Small research grant of the Spencer Foundation. PI: Sandro Barros, Co-PI: Koen Van Gorp, Requested $49,870.57. Rejected: June 2019.

2018

*Title VI Language Resource Centers, U.S. Department of Education, Program CFDA No. 84.229A. Application for a new Language Resource Center “The Hub for Innovation in LCTL Teaching”. PI: Koen Van Gorp, Co-PI: Patti Spinner. Requested: $725,805. Rejected: August 2018.

A Digital Repository for Exploring Language Identities in a Multilingual World. Seed money provided by the College of Arts and Letters (MSU) for building a network of educationial linguists to develop a repository of multilingual resources and apply for a larger grant. PI: Peter De Costa, Co-PI: Koen van Gorp, June 2018 – May 2019, Requested: $8,533.18; awarded: June 2018

2017

Challenging the Monolingual Mindset: Multilingualism as a Resource in ESL and Mainstream Programs. Small research grant of the Spencer Foundation to study mainstream and ESL educators’ beliefs and classroom practices with respect to mother tongue use and translanguaging. PI: Sandro Barros, Co-PI: Koen Van Gorp, Requested $50,000. Rejected: August 2017.

Exploring the SLA and the Multilingual Education Interface: Enhancing the Classroom Experience. Education Research Conference Proposal for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Spring 2017. PIs: Peter De Costa, Sandro Barros, Carry Symons and Koen Van Gorp, Requested $34,934. Rejected: May 2017.

Global Student Citizens Engaging Identity Politics in a Multilingual World (with Dr. Peter De Costa), Seed money provided by Collaborations Community Call by College of Arts and Letters (MSU) to develop a team-taught course for the Citizen Scholar Program. January 2017 – May 2018, Requested: $10,000. Awarded: January 2017.

A longitudinal investigation of rater activity and rater behavior commissioned by Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA), Spaan Research Grant Program 2017. Grant applicants: Dan Isbell (SLS graduate student), Paula Winke (PI) and Koen Van Gorp (Co-PI), January, 2017 – December, 2017, Requested: $1,050; awarded but turned down because of conflict with intellectual property policy of funding body.

2016

CIC Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, commissioned by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PI: Christopher Long, Co-PIs: Susan Gass, David Prestel, Angelika Kraemer & Koen Van Gorp, September 2016 – August 2019, funding: $1,200,000.

2015

*Impact study of training program ‘School language policy expert’, commissioned by the Department of Education of the City of Antwerp, PI, September 2015 – December 2017, funding: 30,000.00 euro.

2014

*Development of a proficiency test Dutch as a foreign language at A2-B1 level of CEFR, Nederlandse Taalunie/Taaluniecentrum Nederlands als Vreemde Taal [Dutch Language Union], PI, November 2014 – June 2015, funding: 24,493.70 euro.

Mapping and critical analysis of the education for newly arrived migrant children (OKANS), commissioned by the Flemish Department of Education, Co-PI (PI: Piet Van Avermaet, Centre for Diversity and Learning, University of Ghent), September 2014 – August 2015, funding: 72,725.21 euro (total: 374,598.68 euro)

*Over de drempel [Over the threshold]. Teacher training programme for secondary education about language development for Dutch language learners, commissioned by the Flemish Department of Education, PI, September 2014 – August 2015, funding: 62,500.00 euro

*Iedereen mee met taal! [Everyone aboard with language!]. Teacher training programme for primary education about language development for Dutch language learners, commissioned by the Flemish Department of Education, PI, September 2014 – August 2015, funding: 62,500.00 euro

*Research into the effectiveness of primary education in Brussels and the impact of teacher support, commissioned by the Flemish community commission (VGC), PI, January 2014 – December 2017, funding: 264,999.00 euro

*Professionalizing early childhood education, commissioned by ‘Een Hart voor Limburg’ (King Baudouin Foundation), PI, January 2014 – December 2014, funding: 45,630.00 euro

2013

A longitudinal study into the predictive validity and generalisability of three tests measuring Dutch language proficiency for academic purposes, grant from The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Co-PI (PI: Kris Van den Branden, Centre for Language and Education), October 2013 – September 2017, funding: 240,000.00 euro

*Tatertaal [Tattle Talk], commissioned by Childcare KAV, PI, December 2013 – December 2014, funding: 12,987.00 euro

*Developing a toolkit for the assessment of Dutch in primary education, commissioned by the Department of Education, PI (Co-PI: Piet Van Avermaet, University of Ghent), June 2013- December 2013, funding: 49,987.30 euro (total: 99,974.60 euro)

*Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal [Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language], commissoned by the Nederlandse Taalunie [Dutch Language Union], PI, September 2013-December 2017, external funding: 1,701,515.00 euro; estimated exam fees: 759,375.00 euro; estimated other income: 32,475. 00 euro

*Action research 16-18 year old Newcomers from third countries, commissioned by European Social Fund in Flanders, Co-PI (PI: Piet Van Avermaet, University of Ghent), January 2013 – June 2014, funding: 93,929.95 euro (total: 599,596.19 euro)

*Tatertaal 3 [Study on the impact of a language stimulation method in preschool contexts], commissioned by Impulsfonds Vlaanderen and by the province of Vlaams Brabant, PI, January 2013 – December 2013, funding: 50,000.00 euro

*Consultancy forOnderwijscentrum Brussel van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC) [Educational Centre Brussels, Commission for the Flemish Community in Brussels] to evaluate the home language project ‘Mijn taal’—home language stimulation in outside school activities, PI, January – December 2013, funding: 6,050.00 euro

*Developing a toolkit for the assessment of Dutch in secondary education, commissioned by the Department of Education, PI (Co-PI: Piet Van Avermaet, University of Ghent), January 2013- June 2013, funding: 46,339.00 euro (total: 92,678.00 euro)

*Consultancy for Taaluniecentrum NVT [Language Union Centre Dutch as a Foreign Language] in developing a language test for young learners in Northern France, January – May 2013, funding: 6,250.00 euro

2012

Boekbaby’s [Impact study Book Start], commissioned by Stichting Lezen [the Flemish Reading Association], Co-PI (PI: Kris Van den Branden, Centre for Language and Education), September 2012 – November 2013, funding: 55,965.78 euro

*Language Awareness in Flemish primary schools. An implementation project, commissioned by the Department of Education, PI (Co-PI: Piet Van Avermaet, University of Ghent), March 2012 -December 2012, funding: 35,313.32 euro (total: 63,580.00 euro)

VALIDIV. Valorising linguistic diversity in primary schools, commissioned by the IWT, Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, Co-PI (PI: Mieke Van Houtte, University of Ghent), January 2012 – December 2015, funding: 470,400.00 euro (total: 3,060,393.00 euro)

*Tatertaal 2 [Language stimulation in preschool contexts], commissioned by the Province of Vlaams-Brabant, PI, January – December 2012, funding: 49,498.00 euro

*Consultancy for Taaluniecentrum NVT [Language Union Centre Dutch as a Foreign Language] in developing a language test for young learners in Northern France, PI, January 2012 – April 2012, funding: 1,754.50 euro

*Consultancy for Pelckmans, Publishing house primary education, PI, January 2012 – March 2012, funding: 1,650.00 euro

2011-2013

Securing external funding for setting up training programs for teachers in several school communities or regions (e.g., Ghent, Genk, Antwerp, Beringen, Brussels); 10 training sessions Language policy expert in primary and secondary education, funding per module: 9,500.00 euro

2011

Fighting educational underachievement through language support: inside AND outside of the school, grant by KU Leuven research fund, Co-PI (PI: Kris Van den Branden, Centre for Language and Education), October 2011 – September 2015, funding: 223,565.81 euro

*Consultancy for Taaluniecentrum NVT [Language Union Centre Dutch as a Foreign Language] on tests for Dutch for academic purposes, PI, October 2011 – September 2012, funding: 8,947.95 euro

Study on the use of the CEFR for setting language goals in the Flemish education system, commissioned by the Department of Education, Co-PI (PI: Kris Van den Branden, Centre for Language and Education), September 2011 – December 2011, funding: 48,887.00 euro

*Review study of the effects of language awareness programmes, commissioned by the Flemish Education Council, PI (Co-PI: Piet Van Avermaet, University of Ghent), May 2011 – October 2011, funding: 19,964.6 euro (total: 34,965.00 euro).