Small Research Grants Information

The Small Research Grants (SRG) program fosters research activity by Gallaudet and Clerc Center faculty and staff, as well as University students, by supporting research projects with small funding requirements and a duration of one year or less. Proposals can be made for studies on any topic of academic significance using any accepted research method. For student applications, the faculty advisor is considered to have primary responsibility for ensuring the quality of the research.

Grant Amount

  • Up to $750 for undergraduate and graduate students proposing research that is undertaken as a course requirement (one grant per study)
  • Up to $2,500 for graduate students doing research as a degree requirement and/or for publication
  • Up to $2,500 for faculty and staff members doing research for an advanced degree
  • Up to $5,000 for faculty and staff members

Only one grant is provided per study or for closely related studies. NOTE: Dissertations and pre-dissertations are considered separate projects and each one is eligible for up to $2,500.

For a list of allowable and non-acceptable activities, please see theSRG Instructions.

Grant Period

The grant period runs from October 1-September 30; all funds must be spent within the fiscal year that it is awarded (e.g., funds awarded in the spring or summer must be used by September 30 of the same year. Funds awarded after October 1 must be used by September 30 the following year). Whatever the date of the award, grantees must be sure to use up all of their approved SRG funds before September 30. (Applicants may consider delaying an application for approval at the start of the fiscal year if they would like more time to spend their funds.)

Application Deadline

The deadline for SRG applications is May 15. SRG funds tend to run out by the end of the spring semester each year. RSIA recommends that applications be submitted as early in the academic year as possible. To ensure that sufficient funding is available for SRG applicants who intend to use their funding during the summer (especially Ph.D candidates), RSIA recommends they apply by mid-March at the latest.

Review Process

Reviewing a complete SRG study proposal may take up to one month; it may take longer if the researcher is asked by RSIA to respond to feedback on their proposal. Proposals are reviewed by experienced researchers at Gallaudet University. Proposals that involve international travel will need an additional one month for paperwork to be processed.

Student Applicants

Before a student can apply, they must provide documentation that their faculty advisor has reviewed and approved their proposal. A student's faculty advisor is considered to have primary responsibility for ensuring the quality of the research.

Required Application Documents

Before beginning your application, please review the Small Research Grant Instructions.

  1. Applicants must provide a signed SRG Application Cover Sheet. Please bring it to Dawes House, Room 206, or email a scanned copy to (and keep a backup copy).
  2. Online SRG Application.


Small Research Grant Funds can be used for:

  • Participant payments - $10-20 is a common compensation amount for about one hour of each participant's time. Compensation for short surveys that require less than one hour to complete should be lower
  • Travel expenses for the purpose of collecting data (transportation, lodging, meals)
  • Specialized supplies
  • Food/drink under the University's entertainment policies. Alcoholic beverages are not reimbursable
  • Other expenses that are indispensable in conducting the study may be considered

Small Research Grant Funds cannot be used for:

  • Full cost of equipment, accessories, hardware, software (durable equipment and specialized software are sometimes lent to the investigator or a cost-sharing arrangement may be made with the applicant's department)
  • Equipment such as an iPad or iPhone, computers, laptops
  • Investigator's salary, wage, stipend
  • Course release time
  • Students who hire student assistants
  • Cost of travel to present research findings at professional or school meetings
  • Presentation and/or conference fees
  • Cost of preparing or publishing the research report
  • Hiring others to do the work for the investigator unless it is determined that a component of the study cannot be conducted by the investigator for a specific and justifiable reason (e.g., because of language or other limitations)
  • Training and curriculum development studies
  • Costs for typing or editing a manuscript
  • Out of pocket expenses incurred prior to the date of the grant award

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