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Partnerships for Establishing a Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network supporting the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS)

Deadline date for submitting applications is 4:00pm, Thursday, August 25, 2016.

OHE will host a webinar for prospective applicants on Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:00pm.

Register now for the Webinar.

The Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) has rapidly become the go-to data source for many stakeholders in Minnesota. SLEDS now has the opportunity to develop a network of regional organizations who will put the SLEDS data to use. The addition of Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network will inform and improve education programming, policies, and data use tools.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education and SLEDS seeks education and workforce partners to build the Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network. Each awarded organization will support increased use of SLEDS data, improve stakeholders' SLEDS data literacy, and conduct valued-added research and analysis for their designated region within Minnesota. As a group, the six awarded organizations (one per economic development region) will form the Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network who will provide training and support for regional and local SLEDS users beginning in fall 2016.

Organizations may apply for grants up to $50,000 annually per eligible planning area and grants may be renewed for up to two additional years. Eligible planning areas include Northeast Minnesota, Central Minnesota, 7 County Metro, and Southeast Minnesota. More information about the planning areas.

Proposed projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Train regional, local and partnering organization staff on how to use SLEDS data and related information for decision making
  • Initiate and coordinate local SLEDS data analysis activities in partnership with the state, schools, districts, colleges and communities, including providing tools and expertise necessary for planning and program evaluation
  • Oversee special regional studies and projects related to SLEDS, including college and career planning

Prospective applicants with questions regarding this request for application may contact OHE SLEDS Coordinator, Meredith Fergus, via email at:

Meredith Fergus
SLEDS Coordinator
Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program

The Minnesota 2015 higher education omnibus bill provided $500,000 for each year of the biennium to support grants to institutions in Minnesota for research into spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Three percent of the FY 2017 appropriation will be used for program administration. To supplement fiscal year 2017 funding for the spinal cord injury grants, a $15,000 donation was provided by the Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis Foundation. In consultation with the Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, 50 percent of the state grant funds will be awarded for research involving spinal cord injury and 50 percent to research involving traumatic brain injuries. Grants will support research into new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and rehabilitative approaches and techniques.

Eligible grant applicants must be institutions/organizations located in Minnesota. Collaborations are encouraged with researchers from Minnesota and outside the state of Minnesota. The maximum total for traumatic brain injury research grants will be $121,250 and the maximum total request for spinal cord injury grants will be $128,750. Awards will be contingent upon receipt of meritorious grant proposals. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016.

A listing of Frequently Asked Questions will be posted on Thursdays on a weekly basis through May 12, 2016.

Download the January 2016 report to the Minnesota Legislature on the first grant awards under this program.

For questions about the Minnesota Spinal cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program contact Nancy B. Walters, Ph.D., Program Manager at or 651-259-3907.

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