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Fractured Prism

Welcome to the Fractured Prism. This is my domain (I love the sound of that, kind of like my kingdom), where I will share reflections of the many facets of my life. At the very least, I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, homemaker, teacher, counselor, and grant writer. Through the years, I have been professionally cut and polished or just accidental fractured into thousands of pieces and have thoughts about them all. I have found that I am writing for many reasons but mostly to share my small bits of wisdom. Come back often because each reflection will be different. My ultimate goal is to have a place where grant writers, grant reviewers and funders can network. So if you are into grant writing or grant reviewing please leave your name and email. Linda Beason

Peer Reviews

The peer review section is provided for those who are interested in being peer reviewers. I am not sure that all the contact information is current but you can always call the office and get current information.

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Comment Blast

Blog was hit today with thousands of comments…most of them about how to enlarge private parts that I do not have or where to buy knockoff purses.  In order to shut them down, I had to delete all and close comment box.  My apologies to those who sent legitimate comments as I wasn’t able to sift through and find them.  As you probably noticed, I am not a very smart blogger and really do not understand how these people benefit from making my life difficult.  Hope I have them shut down!

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Notice Soliciting OPE Peer Reviewers (Field Readers)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications.  Refer to the Competition Schedule for a listing of upcoming TRIO grant competitions.

If you are interested in serving as a field reader for TRIO grant competitions or other programs within the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), you must use the  Online Field Reader Application Form.  The purpose of this form is to allow qualified individuals interested in reviewing applications for OPE grant programs to apply online without having to submit a separate resume.  Please note that we are no longer accepting resumes by mail or fax.

The online field reader application form is available at where first-time users may register into the Field Reader System and previously registered users may log in as well as update their profile information.   On this site, potential readers provide OPE with information about their educational background and expertise, their technology skills, their grant reading history, and program experience history.  Applying to be a field reader through this site is the first step in the selection process.  Interested persons must still be deemed qualified for a particular reading, indicate their availability for a reading, and be selected before they actually become a reader.

The application review process involves orientation, reading and evaluating applications, and discussions with other panelists.  Panelists will evaluate and score applications using the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) published selection criteria.  Selected field readers will travel to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to finalize their evaluations and complete the peer review process.

Field readers will receive a flat fee honorarium of $100 plus $10 for ink and supplies for each completed application that is accepted as final by the Department.  Field readers will normally expect to read approximately 10 applications per session.

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Handbook for Reviewers

I found this excellent online handbook for grant reviewers by Karen Morison and I am going to create a link below.  It is full of all types of good information.  As Karen says, ” it is designed to help teach you all about the federal grant review process so that you can help the government make those funding decisions. You will learn how the process works, what all the terms mean, tips on how to be an effective reviewer, and, finally, how you can be considered to be a grant reviewer.”

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This was written by an experienced reviewer, Lyn Whitehead.  It has a lot of good information and links to reviews.  Thanks Lyn for sharing! 

I decided to put this together for my friends that are interested in applying to become grant/peer reviewers for the Federal government. Let me know if you have any questions but here are a few things to consider:

In order to expedite the process, make sure you send them ALL the info they request, such as resumes, writing samples, etc., in addition to the application. It often takes a while to get selected for a review, so you don’t want to further hinder the process.

Opportunities are available for those that both, like to travel and for those that prefer to do reviews at home.

If you want to do reviews onsite, they are usually held in Wash. DC, VA or MD. All flights are paid for in advance and you will be reimbursed for food. Most of the reviews I’ve been to provide a breakfast and lunch buffet and you pay for dinner on your own. The per diem reimbursement for dinner is about $36 if I remember correctly. For those that don’t provide any meals, reimbursement is about $73. You are also responsible for any parking, baggage and other fees, but they will be reimbursed.

If you want to do reviews at home, make sure you have a working computer, a landline phone, a printer, a fax machine or scanner, and a quiet place to have your phone conferences.

All of the agencies listed here provide stipends unless otherwise stated. They generally range from $150 to $300 per day. For onsite reviews, many agencies pay on the last day of the review. Some (such as OVW) send a check within 4-6 weeks. Homebased reviews generally send your check within 60 days.

I do have my personal preferences. 1) I prefer onsite because I love a free trip and it’s easier to get the work done without distractions. PLUS—you get your paycheck before you leave! 2) My favorite agencies to work for are OVW and DOL. I’ve enjoyed OVW because the logistics people are terrific; the reading and scoring is easy; and they pay the most! DOL has an easy review process as well and they pay a decent sum compared to others as well.

The review season for many agencies is Feb. through August. Some, such as HRSA, review throughout the year, but you should apply to all the agencies for the best chances of getting selected this year.

To learn more about general grant writing, volunteer to review proposals at your local United Way. They don’t pay anything but it’s great for networking.

Here are some links for more reading about the review process and more links to applications:



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Reviewers Needed

This is on the ACF FaceBook page:
 “We are looking for reviewers, with experience in reviewing for the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), to participate in a review taking place next week (Aug. 28 – Sept. 2). If you have reviewed for OFA in the past, let us know if you are interested in participating in this upcoming review. Please email Nne-Nne at by 4pm on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Thanks”

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This came recently from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS)

Reviewer recruitment for the 2011 OSDFS grant competition cycle has begun. In order to be considered a potential reviewer for this year, you must re-enter your areas of expertise in the OSDFS Peer Reviewer Database. This must be done even if your areas of expertise have not changed from last year. OSDFS modified the list of areas not only by expanding the list but also by re-classifying existing areas; therefore entries made prior to April 2011 are no longer valid.
You can access your profile at using the User ID and password you were issued when you initially registered. Your User ID is your first initial (capitalized) followed by your last name (first letter capitalized) and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not recall your password, please click on the “Forgot Password” button on the Registration page and follow system prompts to receive a reminder e-mail.
We urge you to modify your profile as soon as possible. Recruitment for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program is currently underway and it is crucial that we are able to identify all qualified potential reviewers in order to uphold the integrity of the review process.

If you are not already registered, this would be a good time.  Go to the website above to register.  All individuals new to the peer review process must register and upload a résumé in order to be considered a potential reviewer.

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Giant Rat Reviewers Needed

OK, here is the grant and I really want to review for this program.  I do have a lot of experience with the two-legged variety. 

Oh wait, they are wanting to save this endangered species.  Well, that just leaves me speechless (or blogless as the case may be).  Or maybe not quite without words….

The 2011 Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs has been cancelled.  We are killing grants for kids but not rats, something wrong with this picture.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management

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Categories Not Working

Not too good at this blogging software and my guru brother has not had time to help me so for some reason my categories are not working.  Everything is in every category!  Hope to get that fixed this week!

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Lux Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews and Published Funding Opportunity Announcements

Connect with Lux Consulting Group, Inc. staff and grant application reviewers, as well as learn about published Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA’s) and grant review opportunties on Facebook.!/pages/ACF-Grant-Reviewers/200641269949731?sk=wall

Lux is a great group to work with on reviews!

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Office of University Partnerships’ (OUP) Peer Reviews


Each year, the Office of University Partnerships’ (OUP) sends out a request for academic professionals who are interested in and qualified to serve as peer reviewers to score the applications received each funding cycle for funded grant programs. 

This year, they have three individual reviews: one online review for Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) program and two onsite reviews, held in Washington, D.C., for minority-serving institutions (MSI) programs. The first peer review will consist of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program; the second will include Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC), Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grants. The third peer review will be conducted online for the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) program.

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