Welcome to the SED Office of Research

Since 1918, the Boston University School of Education has maintained a dual commitment to preparing highly qualified educators and advancing research and scholarship through the application of theory into practice that builds stronger communities through improving learning outcomes and school performance. The Office of Research is dedicated to serving faculty interests in research, scholarship and grant-making efforts. Our aim is to provide access to resources, grant opportunities, and support systems that allow you to reach your full potential as a scholar and investigator.

V. Scott Solberg, Associate Dean for Research 617-358-4224
Dean Solberg is available for initial consultation to explore research and grant development goals, as well as for consultation on current research projects.
Marianne Taylor, Senior Research Administrator 617-353-3211
Contact Marianne for information related to grant development such as pre-award planning, i.e. creating the budget, and submitting applications. Marianne is also responsible for assisting with post-award service, such as preparing reports for funding agencies and managing the funding received.
Bruce Fraser, IRB Contact for SED 617-353-3234
Dr. Fraser is on the IRB review board and should be contacted in regards to any issues related to attaining IRB approval.
Gabrielle Avery-Peck, Graduate Assistant N/A
Contact Gabrielle for questions or comments relating to funding databases or BU internal funding. Faculty should also contact Gabrielle if they are searching for student assistance on research projects or need assistance in preparing presentation materials.

Consult with Scott Solberg.

The first step in proposal preparation- before or after a funding source is identified – is to discuss the project scope with V. Scott Solberg, SED Associate Dean of Research. The consultation is designed to support you in evaluating the feasibility of the project within the grant guidelines and funding levels and to identify the BU and SED resources needed to successfully execute the project once it is funded.  Scott will also be available to consult on drafts of the proposal at your discretion.

Fill out a proposal planning form.

The proposal planning form asks for basic information about your proposed project and target dates for the completion of key steps in the process. Fill out the form as soon as you have met with Scott Solberg and send it to Marianne Taylor as an email attachment.  This is critical for our being able to plan for the proposal support needs of various requests.  If multiple grant requests have similar deadlines, you will likely be asked to accommodate a faster schedule for meeting key deadlines in order to insure your proposal is completed and submitted on time.

Meet with IT to discuss your technology needs.

IT will help identify the technology and media resources needed to successfully execute your project.  There will likely be costs involved for these services and these costs will need to be built into your budget.  Therefore, it is important to discuss the project with Brent prior to your initial budget meeting.

Meet with Marianne Taylor to plan your budget.

Schedule a meeting to discuss your budget needs with Marianne Taylor immediately after consulting with Scott and Brent on the various aspects of your project scope and technology needs.  The preliminary budget will allow you as PI and the Office of Research to evaluate the feasibility of implementing your project which may impact the scope and project goals. Budget planning should begin no later than 3 weeks before the proposal deadline.  You need to know only general categories of budget items—personnel needs, travel, equipment, special services, unusual supplies—required to carry out your project. Marianne will calculate the dollar amounts based on her experience with extramural funding. It is especially important to identify unusual budget items, cost-sharing needs, and subcontract expectations.  Cost sharing needs should be raised with Scott prior to the budget meeting since it will involve a number of layers of approval.  If you are including another institution as a subcontract, Marianne will provide the documentation needed and it is important that you let your contacts at the institution understand the timelines required to meet the proposal deadline, as well as the name, phone number, and email address of a person Marianne can contact if questions or problems arise.

After the planning meeting, Marianne will prepare a preliminary budget for you. There will likely be multiple revisions leading up to the final budget.

If applicable, submit request for Major Project status.

Discuss with the SED Office of Research whether you will need to apply for Major Project status. This process will take some time to go through different levels of approval so it is important to determine whether this is necessary early in the process and work with the Office of Research at minimum three weeks before the application deadline.

Submit your draft proposal for editing and routing.

Submit an electronic draft of your proposal (abstract, narrative, and references, preferably as Word documents) to V. Scott Solberg at least 2 weeks before the proposal deadline. Marianne will begin routing the proposal abstract, final budget and budget justification, and other required documents for signatures.

The proposal draft will be routed from the Office of Research before going to BU’s Office of Sponsored Programs for university authorization.

Submit your final proposal for submission to the funding agency.

If you are wanting the Office of Research to prepare your online submission, it is critical that you plan to send the final drafts of your abstract, narrative, and references with all required attachments to Marianne at least 4 days before the proposal deadline. Marianne will facilitate electronic and hard copy submissions and will work with you to ensure that all required documents are in place.

Review your completed proposal; order print copies.

Submitting your proposal in a timely and accurate manner is critical to the mission of our Office of Research. Please review and solicit a colleague to review your proposal at least 2 days before the documents are submitted to the funding agency. Review, uploading and mailing of electronic and hard-copy submissions takes place in the Office of Research and should be scheduled with Marianne.

After the proposal has gone out, the Office of Research will make archival copies of your grant.  Let Marianne know how many print copies of the proposal you’ll need for yourself and other project personnel.

Plan human subjects training and protocol submission.

If your proposed project will at any point involve research with human subjects, you will need to comply with federal regulations and university policies. The links you to the training options needed to be able to participate in human subjects research. Before human subjects research may begin, an application for approval (protocol) must be reviewed and approved (

The mandatory human subjects training must be completed by all individuals, including students, who will be involved in the design and conduct of your research, regardless of whether they receive compensation from the award.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.