Not all E4A applicants are well-suited for or will benefit from technical assistance (TA), but we want to make it readily available for those who might benefit. There are two ways by which applicants can participate in TA, either by referral after submitting their letter of intent (LOI) or by requesting participation prior to LOI submission.
After Submitting a Letter of Intent
If you are interested in TA and you can articulate a clear research plan (including the research design, methodology, outcomes, and sampling strategy), we encourage you to submit an LOI as the first step toward receiving TA.
Applicants whose projects are a good fit for TA will be invited to discuss the process and determine whether TA can benefit them. Invitations are made as part of our regular review of all LOIs submitted. This process enables reviewers to provide feedback on specific aspects of your proposed research plan, which will help inform the TA services provided.
Before Submitting a Letter of Intent
Applicants who are unable to clearly articulate a research design or other key components of the project can request TA by completing a brief form to describe your research concept (e.g., the intervention you are interested in evaluating or other research related to advancing racial equity). If your project is considered a good fit for E4A, you will be invited to participate in TA.
This option is primarily for applicants who have a clear idea of the intervention or topic and how it relates to advancing racial equity, what outcomes to measure, and in which populations – but who need guidance on their research design before they can submit an LOI (for example, they need help determining or identifying study samples, valid measures or protocols, or other necessary components of the research). Through TA, you will be able to explore various potential designs and approaches, but you will not receive a decision or specific feedback from reviewers on your proposed research plan before submitting an LOI.
Remember: Participating in TA through either of these pathways does not guarantee your research project will eventually be selected for funding. Due to resource limitations, we are able to fund only a small proportion of proposals we receive. However, it is our hope that TA services will help applicants design and eventually implement the strongest research plans possible, even if they are not ultimately funded by E4A.