The funding that makes the ASSISTment system possible
WPI gives the service away for free. Many people ask us why?.
New Funding in the last 12 months
- The Office of Naval Research is funding UMASS and WPI with 1.5 million to work together on “Building an Effective and Efficient OPEN Tutor Platform for Multiple Populations”. Professor Heffernan and Beck. Office of Naval Research Release and the UMASS press release.
- The US Dept of Education is funding a 3.5 million dollar Efficacy trail. To learn more look at this and this. to see the abstract at IES see here.
- The US Department of Education's Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program has funded Professor Heffernan with fellowships of 4 more graduate students to work on the project for three more years.
- The CFY Non-profit Foundation is funding ASSISTments to allow their PowerMyLearning.com web site to programmatically call upon ASSISTments to help evaluate student performance. WPI and CFY have developed Application Programmer Interface (API's) to allow the two sites to work together. Dr Heffernan is excited to partner with such a worthy cause.
Last 24 months
- One of our newer funder is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (as well as the Hewlett Foundation), through a Next Generation Learning Challenges(NGLC) run by EDUCAUSE. The primary funders behind the NGLC are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.
- NSF gives another $700,000 to WPI. Everyone wants a high school drop out predictor; we are creating a "losing" interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) predictor. See here.
- NSF funds with $700,000 Professor Joe Beck to refine the ARRS system. DRL-1109483
- The "Evaluate Web Pages" Project is an example of a interesting new research angle we can now do.
The prime sponsors of ASSISTments are the U.S. Department of Education (Grant #R305K03140, #R305A07440, the National Math Center grant #R305C100024 and #R305A120125) and the National Science Foundation (Grant #0231773, DRL-1109483, CAREER Grant #REC-0448319, a GK12 grant #0742503 and an ITEST DRL-1031398).
Funding for Science ASSISTments comes from (NSF DRL-0733286 and others). Additional funding that has attributed to the success of the project has come from The Spencer Foundation, the United States Army, the GE Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research(Grant #N00014-03-1-0221). We also got a grant from the Massachusetts government via from the Mass. Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center focus on helping scale up inventions occurring in MA. Amazon has given ASSISTments free computing resources. Read about the details of all these grants grants here.
This page was created by Cristina Heffernan 2010.