Grant Policy / Procedures

ELIGIBILITY

  • All School of Social Work faculty having a tenure track appointment or those with a PhD having a full-time research appointment are eligible to apply. Priority will be faculty and staff trying to establish their research agenda, and projects that appear to have potential to lead to significant external funding in the future.
  • Projects relevant to social work or labor studies practice, policy and research will have higher priority than those relevant to social work or labor studies education, teaching, and learning.

FUNDING AND PROJECT DURATION

  • Project funding may not exceed 10% of salary up to a total of $10,000.
  • Projects will be limited to one (1) year in duration. 
  • Funds can be used for faculty salary (up to one course release during the academic year or one month in the summer),
  • Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal or external funding mechanism unless the funding is for $10,000 or less.
  • An investigator may not serve as PI or Co-PI on more than one proposal in a given round.

CATEGORIES

  1.  New research, including support needed to pursue external funding from a defined source and a specific RFP.
  2. "Bridge funding", for faculty who are experiencing a temporary lapse in external funding.  The purpose is to provide short-term support for maintenance of ongoing research efforts while the investigator is responding to reviewers' comments on a prior grant submission.  This does not include proposals that were submitted but not funded or proposals that were previously funded but not renewed.

APPLICATION FORMAT:

See the template

Section 1: Face Page

A copy of the IRB – attach C.V

Section 2: Abstract Page

State the proposal's long-term objectives and specific aims.  Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving these objectives. This abstract is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application.  Keep the abstract to a half page.

Section 3: Internal and External Funding

Identify potential internal and external funding opportunities related to this project

Section 4: Budget

Section 7: Research Plan

Introduction:
State the problem to be investigated, the rationale for the proposed project, and the current state of knowledge relevant to the proposed work. State the overall objective of the proposed research. Review relevant prior work and identify the gaps that the project is intended to fill. Describe any preliminary results that support the proposed project.
Specific Aims:
List the broad long-term objectives and the goal of the specific research proposed, e.g., to test the stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm, address a critical barrier to progress in the field or develop new technology, etc. Specify the specific aims that will be used to achieve the long-term goal.
Design and Methods:
Describe the research design, conceptual or clinical framework, and procedures that will be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Describe any new methodology and its advantage over existing methodologies. Describe any novel concepts, approaches, tools, or technologies that will be used for the proposed studies. Describe the approach to be used for data analyses and interpretation. Provide a tentative sequence or timetable for the project. If clinical studies are involved, give details of responsibility for patient selection and patient care. Point out any procedures, situations, or materials that may be hazardous to personnel and the precautions to be exercised.
Significance:
Clearly state the importance and relevance of the proposed work to social work or labor studies by relating the specific aims to the broad, long-term objectives. Discuss any novel ideas or contributions that the project offers.
Future Funding/Sustainability:
Provide a detailed explanation of how this project (and future projects based on it) can be sustained through external funding sources. This must include a time table for submission and identify the specific funding opportunity and agency.
Release Time Requirements:
For the awards to include release time from teaching a class, the request for class release must be made at least 3 months before the semester begins for which the release is requested.

POST AWARD REQUIREMENTS

If an award is made, a final report must be submitted at the end of 1 calendar year to the Director of the Center and the Dean. This report must include a product (article, conference presentation, or grant proposal) that resulted from this award.  Failure to deliver a viable product (article, conference presentation, or grant proposal) by the September 30 following the award will result in being assigned to teach an additional course the following Spring, Summer I or Summer II session.  The extra teaching assignment will be determined by the needs of the School.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

Applications will be reviewed upon submission as long as funds remain available.

Grant Application