Call for Federal Grant Application Reviewers

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Posted: March 5, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Charter School Programs (CSP) is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications submitted under the program’s discretionary grant competitions.

The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high quality charter schools available to students across the nation. The CSP provides financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools; evaluation of the effects of charter schools; and dissemination of information about charter schools and successful practices in charter schools.

COMPETITIONS: The CSP plans to conduct four grant competitions this year. Specifically, CSP plans to conduct the following competitions:

  1. State Educational Agencies (SEA) - SEAs conducting charter school programs in their States. SEAs use their CSP funds to award sub-grants to eligible applicants meeting the term “charter school” for planning, program design, and initial implementation of a charter school; and to support the dissemination of information about, including successful practices in, charter schools.
  2. Charter Developers - Non-SEA eligible applicants applying for funding directly from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) located in those States that elect not to participate in the CSP or do not have an application approved under the program.
  3. National Leadership - Projects that have national significance and are designed to enhance and expand a State’s capacity to support high-quality charter schools.
  4. Charter Management Organizations and Other non-Profit Entities Replicating and Expanding High Quality Charter Schools - To replicate or expand high-quality charter schools with demonstrated records of success based on the charter school model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success.

The CSP is seeking peer reviewers with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • State Education Agency (SEA) Charter School Program (CSP) grant administration
  • Charter Management Organizations
  • Charter school planning, program design and implementation
  • Charter school assessment and evaluation
  • Charter school policy and research
  • Charter school authorizing
  • Charter school technical assistance and resources
  • Charter school leadership and professional development
  • Charter school administration and operation

REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the expertise highlighted above, peer reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for grant applications submitted to the U. S. Department of Education under the CSP programs. Expectations for peer reviewers selected are:

  • The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer's location.
  • The reviewer must have access to the Internet, a phone, a printer and have the ability to interact within a web-based environment.
  • The reviewer must be available to participate in an orientation session by conference call prior to evaluating the applications and participate in daily conference calls during the application review, typically a two week review period.
  • The reviewer must provide detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each assigned application.
  • These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding.

IF INTERESTED: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for the CSP, please e-mail a copy of your current résumé or vitae to Please identify the specific grant competition or competitions you would be interested in serving as a panel reviewer. They are:

  1. State Educational Agencies (SEA)
  2. Charter Developers - Non-SEA eligible applicants
  3. National Leadership
  4. Charter Management Organizations and Other non-Profit Entities Replicating and Expanding High Quality Charter Schools

Resumes will be kept on file and panel reviewers will be notified on an as needed basis. Reviewers will receive an honorarium for their services.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Please remember that if your organization intends to apply for a grant, you may not be eligible to serve as a reviewer. As a reviewer you will have a conflict of interest if:

  • You helped prepare an application, regardless of financial interest in the success or failure of that application;
  • You have agreed to serve, or if you have been offered a position, as an employee, advisor or consultant on the project; or
  • Your personal financial interests will be affected by the outcome of the competition, which would include any family members, employees or associates of the project applying for funding.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: For more information about the CSP, go to