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Research Implementation Grant

The Research Implementation Grant Program (RIGP) was established to assist faculty in the next step of advancing research projects with the expectation that faculty will pursue external funding for the full study.  It is offered through the College of Education's Office of Research, Outreach, and Technology.


All tenured and tenure-track faculty of the College of Education at University Park are eligible to apply for Research Initiation Grants.


Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:

               Fall Proposals:  September 15, 2015

               Spring Proposals:  January 15, 2016

Use of Funds

Grants may be used to support travel to research sites for data collection or analysis, instrument development, meeting with potential sponsor(s), exploratory data analysis, release from teaching, purchase of research materials, building research relationships with school districts or social agencies connected to the project, and funding for a research assistant. Releases from teaching need to be warranted by the nature of the research (e.g., data collection in a remote location during the academic year).


Priority will be given to proposals/requests that demonstrate at least three of the following:

  • Considerable promise for enhancing the national research reputations of faculty and their units through grant proposals, publications, or presentations.
  •  Potential to grow into significant proposals for external funding.
  •  Revisions of recently reviewed proposals by a funding foundation panel or review board.
  •  Collaborative efforts among faculty from different departments/units within the College.
  •  Design and testing of innovative technology related to a research project deemed necessary for a proposal for external funding.

Funding Guidelines

  • Awards may be granted up to $35,000 for each study proposed.
  • The amount funded will be based on the proposed budget, the committees’ recommendation, the department’s contributions, and the amount of funding available through the Associate Dean’s Office.
  •  If grant money is to be used for a course buyout or to support a research assistant, a cost-sharing agreement must be established with the faculty member’s department/unit and approved by the Associate Dean of Research, Outreach, and Technology.
  •  Funds cannot be used for travel to conferences or for salary supplement (e.g., summer salary).
  •  Funding decisions will be announced within five weeks of the proposal submission deadline.
  •  All proposals/requests will receive feedback from the committee.
  •  Awardees should submit a brief report at the end of their project that summarizes the outcomes of the project, as well as the potential for future external funding.

Proposal Review

A committee of senior faculty with significant grant experience will be established to review all proposals/requests. The Associate Dean in consultation with the Head of each Academic Department will appoint one member from each Department to the committee.  The Associate Dean will chair the committee.

Promising Proposals

If a proposal is designated by the committee as promising but needing further work, the author(s) will be assigned a research mentor from the college and encouraged to resubmit in the next competition.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Cover Page:

  • Name of individual (or unit), and academic rank,
  • Date of submission
  • Department and campus location
  • Title of project/request
  • Amount requested
  • When funds are needed (Date range - e.g., November 1, 2014- June 30, 2015)
  • Abstract, limited to 200 words

Narrative:           Not to exceed 8 pages; double spaced, 12 point font, one side of page only.

The following information should be included in the narrative:

    • description of the conceptual framework, a brief review of relevant literature related to the proposed project, citing where appropriate one's own past and/or present research;
    • brief description of the research design, methodology, and data analysis procedures to be used to accomplish the objectives of the project;
    • distinction between the aims of the present proposal with related research activities to be conducted within the timeline of the grant award and the aims of the grant proposal to be developed and submitted to an external funding agency;
    • the strategy for the development and submission of a proposal for the proposed project to an external funding source, including aims and a set of activities, with a timeline for accomplishment;
    • identification of a specific external  funding agency to which the proposal will be submitted with substantiation of the agency’s likelihood of  funding the topic (e.g., evidence of  fit with the agency’s research mission, goals and priorities and/or response to a specific RFA issued by the external agency)
    • qualifications of the applicant and research team that ensure the success of the project if funded by the external agency (especially important if the attached résumé does not reflect previous work of this nature).


    • short list of relevant references.  (not to exceed 2 pages)

     Supporting Material:

    • A letter of support from the department head briefly explaining how this study fits within both the department and degree programs’ research goals must accompany the proposal.
    • Any ancillary material deemed important in establishing the project's significance and quality (e.g., any external funding current or pending, copy of proposed survey instrument).
    • A two-page vita of the submitting faculty member.


    • One page
    • Itemize as line items:
      • released time
      • graduate assistant (list stipend and tuition separately)
      • wages
      • travel (only if necessary to conduct the project)
      • equipment (essential to conduct of project and not available through other means)
      • data collection, instrument development, and any other project-related costs
    • Do not submit in paragraph form


    A complete application consists of cover page, narrative, budget and any supporting materials.  Submit  as one document via email to Heather Decker at