October 2012 changes to Small Research Grants policies

To the faculty, staff, and students of Gallaudet University-

Please be aware of these changes to Small Research Grants (SRG) that were made on October 1, 2012:

The Application and Cover Page have been substantially revised. Please use these new versions. In addition,

  1. Due to high demand for funding, we are placing higher priority on full funding of student applications for dissertation and theses. While we will try to provide fundamental support for other studies, faculty and staff applicants will likely see their budgets reduced. This is not a reflection of the quality of the proposal; rather a small fund must be stretched to support a growing number of studies from across the campus. Also, please be reminded of our long-established priorities:

    • Priority to Developing Investigators
      One goal of the Small Grants Program is to encourage research by new investigators, and funding priority is given to the proposals of applicants who are at the developing stage of their research program compared to applicants with more extensive research experience.
  2. Students who propose research that is undertaken as a course requirement may apply for up to $750.
  3. Only one faculty member may apply for funding of a study. If faculty or staff members seek to build a research team, consider applying for external funding. You may also consider applying for a Priority Research Fund grant (PRF) that can support multiple investigators and assistants.
  4. The "mini-grant" has been eliminated. As such, all proposals will be reviewed in order of receipt and using the same criteria of evaluation (as shown in the Application).
  5. We are no longer requiring faculty advisors to write a separate letter of support for a student's proposal. However, see the following note regarding faculty advisors, taken from the grant application document:

Faculty members are the primary advisors to the student who seeks a research grant. The Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) should and must rely upon the faculty member to assist with the conceptual and logistical aspects of a student's research and grant. RSIA aims to establish good working relationships with faculty members who are assisting their students' research, as we are able to expedite the review of proposals only for students who have attentive faculty sponsors.


  1. On the cover page, applicants should indicate the university research priorities that their study will directly address.
  2. Prior to receiving the award letter, awardees must create a profile about their research project in the "Research and Scholarship at Gallaudet" database. The information provided may be listed in Gallaudet's Annual Report of Achievement (ARA) and be available to online readers. The form for a "new research project" is available at http://research.gallaudet.edu/ara_forms.
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