Grants

Over the last 18 years, Dr. Heffernan's shared scientific infrastructure and student learning tools have benefited from over $30 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (“NSF”), US Department of Education (“DOE”), the Office of Naval Research, the Spencer Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Army, multiple major philanthropy and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Council. The grants listed below are worth a total of $54 million but Dr. Heffernan only counts the WPI portions. For the first decade Dr. Heffernan's annual research expenditures were in the range of $1-2 million per year, but over the past three years he has secured over 12 million in funding (or 4 million/year).

In 2016, prior to presenting at the White House, both NSF and DOE requested Dr. Heffernan share their history of support for the development of ASSISTments in promoting individualized learning.

  • GA46 Support to help the ASSISTments Foundation to create infrastructure to run 25 studies. Support from an anonymous philanthropy. $2 million.
  • GA45 (in negotiations with NSF) Collaborative Research: Student Affect Detection and Intervention with Teachers in the Loop. Done with UMASS's Andrew Lan and UPENN's Ryan Baker. $750,000 (WPI portion = $250,000)
  • GA44 (in negotiations with NSF) ADVISOR. The first ASSISTments related grant to fund computer science education. $300,000
  • GA43 Support to create the ASSISTments Foundation from an anonymous philanthropy. $1 million.
  • GA42 QUICK-COMMENTS from an anonymous philanthropy. $300,000
  • GA41 GAANN Elke Rundensteiner and I won a ~$900,000 award to fund US Ph.D. students in Artificial Intelligence (which I teach). Grant #P200A180088
  • GA40 NSF-Cyberlearning (1822830). "Putting Teachers in the Driver’s Seat: Using Machine Learning to Personalize Interactions with Students (DRIVER-SEAT)". With CoPI Jacob Whitehill (WPI). $750,000. Press Release.
  • GA39 ONR (N00014-18-1-2768)."A Bayesian Multi-Scale Personalized Learning Approach" with CoPI Jacob Whitehill (WPI). $400,000 (8/1/2018-7/31/2021)
  • GA38 IES (R305A180401): "From Here to There" Efficacy Trial. The PI is Erin Ottmar (WPI). $3.2 million.
  • GA37 NSF (1759229): "Personalizing Mathematics to Maximize Relevance and Skill for Tomorrow's STEM Workforce". PI is Candace Walkington (SMU) and Matt Bernaki at (UNC Chapel Hill). $1 million. Read Press about this.
  • GA36 IES (R305A170137): "Efficacy of ASSISTments Online Homework Support for Middle School Mathematics Learning: A Replication Study". US Department of Education: Institute for Education Sciences. The PI is Mingyu Feng (SRI). $3.2 million, WPI's share is $1.2 million.
  • GA35 IES (R305A170243): "Evaluating the Effectiveness of the ASSISTments Feedback System". US Department of Education: Institute for Education Sciences. PI Kirk Walters (AIR). $3.8 million, WPI's share is $1.5 million.
  • GA34 NSF (1724889): CIF21 DIBBs: "PD: Enhancing and Personalizing Educational Resources through Tools for Experimentation". PI Heffernan (WPI) & Korinn Ostrow (WPI). 7/1/2017-6/30/2020.
  • GA33 NSF (1636782): BD Spokes: Spoke: NorthEast: Collaborative: Grand Challenges for Data-Driven Education. NSF-Div Of Information & Intelligent Systems. NSF Program: BD Spokes -Big Data Regional Innovation Spokes. $430,000. 9/1/2016-8/31/2019.
  • GA32 (P200A150306). "GAANN Fellowships in Computer Science to Support Data-Driven Computing Research". US Department of Education PI Elke Rundensteiner (WPI). $900,000. 09/01/2015 - 08/31/2018.
  • GA31 NSF (1535428): "Collaborating Research: The Downside of Perseverance - Investigating and Moving Students Beyond Unproductive Persistence". NSF EHR Core. $500,000. 10/1/2015-9/30-2018.
  • GA30 “Integration of Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Electronics” Office of Naval Research. $170,000. 5/1/15 – 12/31/15.
  • GA29 NSF (1440753): SI2-SSE&SSI. "Adding Research Accounts to the ASSISTments Platform: Helping Researchers Do Randomized Controlled Studies with Thousands of Students". $500,000. 2014 - 2016.
  • GA28 NSF (DRL-1316736): DRK12 "Improving Formative Assessment Practices: Using Learning Trajectories to Develop Resources that Support Teacher Instructional Practice and Student Learning in CMP2". PI Allison Superfine Castro, Mara V. Martinez, Susan R. Goldman and James W. Pellegrino (UIC Chicago). $2.2 million, WPI's share is $350,000.
  • GA27 NSF (DRL-1252297): "Making Math Tutors More Engaging and Effective through Interaction Design Patterns and Educational Data Mining". PI Ryan Baker (UPenn). $1.5 million, WPI's share is $400,000.
  • GA26 Dr. Joe Beck wrote a grant to the Gates Foundation to add adaptive personalized learning to a WPI course. Dr. Heffernan is a CoPI on the project. $100,000.
  • GA25 Office of Naval Research. Two computer tutors will be combined. PI Beverly Woolf (UMass Amherst). $1.5 million award, WPI's share is $700,000. 2012 - 2014.
  • GA24 (R305A120125) Efficacy Trial: “An Efficacy Study of Online Mathematics Homework Support: An Evaluation of the ASSISTments Formative Assessment and Tutoring Platform.” PI Jeremy Roschelle (SRI). Read more here. $3.5 million award, WPI's share is $1.2 million. 2012 - 2016.
  • GA23 US Department of Education: GAANN. "Fellowships in CS to Support the Learning Sciences and Security". Awarded approximately $800,000 to support five Ph.D. students per year. 2012-2016.
  • GA22 "Next Generation Learning Challenge" through EDUCASUE. (The primary funders are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation) ASSISTments: Using Web-Based Technologies to Support Grades Mathematics. $500,000. 2011 - 2012.
  • GA21 NSF (1109483): REESE Program. "Taking advantage of Cognitive Science Principles: Adding to a Computer-Based tutor an Automatic Reassessment and Relearning System (ARRS)". PI Joseph Beck (WPI), CoPI Heffernan. $750,000. 2011 - 2014.
  • GA20 NSF (1031398): ITEST Program. "Predicting STEM career choice from computational indicators of student engagement within middle school mathematics classes". PI Ryan Baker (UPENN), CoPI Dr. Heffernan. $700,000. 2011 - 2014.
  • GA19 (R305C100024) US Department of Education: Institute for Education Sciences. "National Center for Cognition and Mathematics Instruction (NCCMI)". WestEd was the project lead. Dr Heffernan's share was $500,000. 2010 - 2015.
  • GA18 (R305A090170) US Department of Education: Institute for Education Sciences: "ASSISTments Meets Science Learning". PI Janice Gobert (Rutgers) CoPIs Heffernan and Beck (WPI). $1.2 million. 2009 - 2012.
  • GA17 (0742503) NSF: GK12 Program. "Partnership Implementing Math and Science Education: Assisting Middle School Use of Tutoring Technology". $2 million. 2008 - 2013.
  • GA16 NSF: "Research Experience for Teachers Supplement". $20,000.
  • GA15 NSF (0733286): DRK-12. ASSISTments Meets Inquiry. PI Janice Gobert. Co-PIs Heffernan, Ruiz & Kim (WPI). $1.5 million. 2007 - 2012.
  • GA14 NSF Supplement Research Experience for Undergraduates. $13,500.
  • GA13 Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. "Scaling up a Web-Based Formative Assessment System: Testing the Replicability of Deploying ASSISTment beyond its 'Home Town'". $40,000. 2007.
  • GA12 US Department of Education (R305A070440). "Making Longitudinal Web-Based Assessments Give Cognitively Diagnostic Reports to Teachers, Parents & Students While Employing Mastery Learning". PI Heffernan. $2 million. 2007 - 2011.
  • GA11 US Department of Education: GAANN. "Fellowships in CS to Support the Learning Sciences and Security". PI Matt Ward. Co-PIs Heffernan, Agu and Mani. Awarded approximately $800,000 to support five Ph.D. per year. 2006 - 2009.
  • GA10 National Science Foundation. Research Experience for K12. $100,000. PI Elke Rundensteiner (WPI). Co-PI Heffernan. 2006 – 2008.
  • GA9 National Science Foundation (0448319): CAREER Grant. "Learning About Learning". PI Dr. Heffernan. $646,000. 2005 – 2010.
  • GA8 Office of Naval Research (ONR). "Demonstrating Affordable Behavior Modeling with CTAT through Machine Learning and Human Computer Interaction Techniques". $275,000. 2005 - 2008.
  • GA7 US Army: Phase 2: STTR. PI Sonalysts, Inc. 2004. $500,000.
  • GA6 US Army: Phase 1: STTR. "How to incorporate intelligent tutoring into Army warrior simulation systems". PI Sonalysts Inc. 2004. $100,000.
  • GA5 Research Advancement Program at WPI: “Programming by Demonstration for Intelligent Tutoring Systems.” $7,500. 2003.
  • GA4 US Department of Education (R305K030140): Institute of Education Sciences. Using Web-Based Cognitive Assessment Systems for Predicting Student Performance on State Exams. PI Ken Koedinger. Co-PIs Heffernan, Junker and Ritter. $1.4 million. 2003 - 2007.
  • GA3 Office of Naval Research (ONR). "Affordable Cognitive Modeling Authoring Tools using HCI Methods. PI Heffernan". $200,000. 2003 - 2006.
  • GA2 Office of Naval Research (ONR). "Cognitive Tutor Tools for Advanced Instructional Strategies". PI Ken Koedinger. Co-PIs Heffernan & Aleven. $200,000. 2002.
  • GA1 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. "A Comparison of Student Learning Under Multiple Conditions: Classroom Instruction, One-on-one Human Tutoring, and Different types of Computer Tutoring". PI-Heffernan. $50,000. 2002 - 2004.