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Program A - Publication

The College of Education is pleased to announce the availability of Research Grants Program A. This program provides funding to support faculty in the development of research projects that support a line of research and subsequent publication in peer-reviewed research journals. The program is designed to address relatively small research costs and may be combined with departmental funds. Measurable objectives, deliverables, and a timeline for the project must be clearly stated in the proposal.

Initial Contact Deadlines: Second Friday in October for November submission and Second Friday in February for March submission (Please contact Rebecca Wessinger at in the CoE Office of Grants and Contracts to express interest)
Application Deadlines: First Friday in November and March, annually
Award Decision: Within Six Weeks after Application Deadline


Funding Amount & Eligible Expenditures

The maximum award amount is $5,000. Applicants may request a project period of up to 18 months. All expenditures must be directly related to the research project that is clearly positioned within a research trajectory to advance the field and the applicant’s research agenda/career. Allowable expenses may include items such as transcription costs, data collection materials, travel costs related to data collection, specialized software or equipment needed for the research, and student worker costs. Summer pay equivalent to teaching one course is allowable during the first three summers after the date of hire for tenure-track assistant professors.

Items with a partial relationship to the project or for a broader purpose are not allowed as Program A expenditures. Such items include graduate assistantships that include non-project work, computers, and travel for presentation purposes.  



Eligible applicants include all full-time faculty members (tenure-track, research and clinical).


Application Procedure

1. Contact Rebecca Wessinger in the CoE Office of Grants and Contracts at least three weeks prior to the selected deadline. The Office of Grants and Contracts will assist with budget development, proposal preparation and formatting, and submission through USCeRA.

Proposal Guidelines:

2. Develop a short proposal (no more than three single-spaced pages) that includes the following:

a) a clear title for the project,

(b) a brief discussion of the background and significance of the proposed idea, including its relation to the present state of knowledge in the field and to the line of research in which this project is positioned. The significance section should detail the importance of the work in a manner that reviewers not in the same field can easily understand,

(c) a narrative of the project that includes the objectives, the methods and procedures that will be used in the project (i.e., sample selection, measures/instruments and/or research design, data collection, and data analysis), the targeted publication (including the journal(s) to be considered), and

(d) a projected timeline of up to 18 months for the project activities including submission for publication.  Additional plans (e.g., presenting work at conferences, resubmission) may be detailed

Details on measures/instruments can be included as appendices, as needed, but will not be counted in the narrative page limit.  Likewise, when applicable, it is strongly encouraged to provide letters of support/approval for data collection as appendices (i.e., provide evidence that the proposed data collection procedures can be accomplished).

3. Attach the following supporting documentation to the end of the proposal packet: (a) references (should be included as appropriate, but will not be counted in the narrative page limit); (b) statement of support from the applicant’s department chair; if the department is also providing funds, this statement should include that figure; and (c) budget and budget justification for total costs (i.e. the sum of College and departmental funding, if applicable).

4. Electronically submit the completed proposal packet to the Office of Grants and Contracts at


Review Process

Process: The criteria used for judging proposals are provided in the Research Grants Program A scoring rubric [pdf]. Funding decisions will be announced within six weeks after the application deadline.  Successful applicants must agree to: 

a) Submit copies of any deliverables, including a copy of the resulting publication,

b) Share the results of their funded work with the College of Education research community (e.g., brown bag session, Spark Talk, Research Institute presentation forum);

c)  Serve on 1-3 review panels for Research Program A submissions following project completion.

Presentations will be coordinated by the Research Institute and the Dean’s office; review panel assignments will be made by the Faculty Welfare Committee.  All project requirements must be satisfactorily met before an applicant can be considered for additional funding from Research Program A or B.

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