Neil Heffernan and ASSISTments: $35 Million and Counting

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Heffernan has received more than $35 million in federal grants for his work in learning sciences and with ASSISTments, in part because he is relentless in pursuing funding from a number of agencies, though he says he “tries more and fails more” in submitting grant applications. In the last few years, he has received nearly $750,000 from the National Science Foundation for infrastructure; $2 million from the Schmidt Foundation to expand the scope and availability of the tool;  a pair of grants totaling $7 million from the Institute for Educational Services  (part of the U.S. Department of Education) and nearly $8 million from the Department of Education  to scale the program to schools nationwide.

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