Distance Education Research Fund FAQ Decision Guide

Name of the Grant: Distance Education Research Fund

  1. Funding Allowances/Restrictions
    1. Does this grant provide funding for:
      1. Personnel
        1. Academic year faculty course release/reassign time? Yes
        2. Academic year faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Yes
        3. Summer faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Yes
        4. Full-time Temporary (non-tenure-track) faculty? Yes
        5. Adjunct (non-tenure-track) faculty? Yes
        6. Academic year graduate or undergraduate student support? No
        7. Summer graduate or undergraduate student support? No

      2. Equipment and Travel
        1. Equipment/supplies/materials? Yes
        2. Travel to a workshop or training program? No
        3. Travel to attend a conference? No

    2. Does this grant provide funds for projects longer than one year? No

    3. Does this grant have restrictions on or preferences for when faculty may reapply after having received an award? No

    4. Does the grant committee prioritize proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? No

    5. Does the grant committee restrict proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? Full-time faculty (tenure-track, FTT) are permitted to apply.

  2. Major Positive and Negative Aspects of Proposals for this Grant
    1. What have been the most common or frequent “gray” areas where submitters have been confused or inaccurate about the grant funding criteria?
      1. Proposals need to clearly address the “call for proposals” focus.

    2. What are the most important attributes of successful proposals?
      1. Clear statement of the problem, how it relates to the call for proposals focus, and appropriate justification for budget items.

    3. What are the most important attributes of unsuccessful proposals?
      1. Lack of sufficient detail regarding study design and how the research question(s) will be addressed. Failure to align submission with call for proposals focus.

    4. Does your committee allow revisions or resubmissions of rejected proposals? Yes

  3. Details of Awards for this Grant
    1. Total funds available in past year: ~$10,000
    2. Mean grant size funded in past year: ~$4,900
    3. Range of grants awarded in past year: $4,700- $4,900
    4. Number of awards funded in past year: 2

    5. Does your committee use proportionate awarding of funds (e.g., a certain % allocated for each funding deadline)?  No. There is a single call for proposals and deadline each year.

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