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Proposals are reviewed by skilled researchers and sometimes by persons knowledgeable in the pertinent field of study. If necessary, feedback is given in order to strengthen the chances of funding. Below are three criteria used in evaluation of a proposal. We suggest that you consider these criteria in writing your proposal.
Small Research Grant Funds Can Be Used for:
Small Research Grant Funds Cannot Be Used for:
Hiring Students as Assistants. The hiring of student assistants under this Fund is generally not permitted. These small grants are intended to support individuals in conducting their own research study. We want the primary investigator, whether a faculty or staff member or student, to be fully engaged in the research activity. In general, engaging research assistants is not appropriate for the spirit or the dollar level of SRGs. Nevertheless, we may, on rare occasions, allow the use of SRG monies to hire students as research assistants to faculty or staff researchers. The conditions for such approval include our judgment that:
a. The monies are being used for a distinct research study (not merely supporting an ongoing operation, work relationship or general research agenda); b. The researcher has mastery of the field of study and as such offers students a unique opportunity to learn from the researcher; c. We have assurances that the student will substantially benefit from the relationship and participation in the research activity; d. The inclusion of the student as co-principal investigator or for the student to solely conduct the study by himself or herself is not appropriate. e. The learning objectives for the student to be engaged in the study have been specified and the principal investigator agrees to assess the student's progress by the end of the study. Upon hiring student assistant, faculty and staff are required to develop an assessment of student learning.
If hiring student assistant, you must develop learning objectives. See below: Establishing learning objectives for students involved in research is required for faculty and staff to determine learning objectives for the student research assistant using the "General Inventory of Research Skills" (GIRS). This determination must be done to satisfaction before a grant is awarded. In short, the researcher will specify the tasks that the students will do during the study and to identify what the student will learn about research. The response of the researcher to the task of adapting and applying the rubric on research learning will be used in our decision making on funding. After the grant is awarded, the learning objectives may be tailored to the individual student who is hired. The learning objectives become the baseline for later assessment of the student's progress in learning about research. We require that the researcher assess the student's progress afterwards, and report to us. In turn, RSIA will report on findings about students learning of research to the university's Office of Academic Quality.https://www.gallaudet.edu/research-support-and-international-affairs/research-support/research-funding/gallaudet-inventory-of-student-researcher-requirements-(gisrs)
Proposals are reviewed by skilled researchers and sometimes by persons knowledgeable in the pertinent field of study. If necessary, feedback is given in order to meet a generally accepted standard for a study research proposal. Below are three criteria used in evaluation of a proposal. We suggest that you consider these criteria in writing your proposal. Students should consult with their faculty adviser in designing their research study.
Criterion 1: Clearly defined research purpose or question.
An effective proposal articulates a specific and narrowed research question or purpose that can be accomplished within the Program funding limits and within the time limit of one year. Careful articulation of the research question or purpose is crucial, because it is the reviewer's primary basis for appraising the effectiveness of the research methods presented in the proposal. The statement of the study's research purpose remains the same throughout the proposal. The proposal presents concepts and defines terminology needed for the reviewer to understand the study's purpose. A proposal that does not respond well to this criterion leaves the reviewer with appreciable uncertainty about the precise focus of the investigation; key terminology may be undefined. An inadequate proposal also may state a purpose or multiple purposes that are beyond the scope of what can be accomplished within the limitations of time and funding.
Criterion 2: Significant research question/purpose.
This section should emphasize the contribution that the study will make to the field. What is the uncertainty or information gap in the academic field that justifies the investigation? An effective proposal makes a persuasive case that the findings from the research will constitute a worthwhile contribution to the field, justifying the investment of effort and/or resources. The significance may be based, for example, on potential contributions to improved professional practice, resolution of an arguable gap or inconsistency in the literature of the field, or the addition of authentic new knowledge to the field, including by extension or replication of existing knowledge. When appropriate, the proposal grounds the study in a larger theoretical context in a manner that is selective given the page limits of the proposal. When the application is by a student, there are indications that the study is likely to foster a productive educational experience. If the study is a pilot study, the proposal makes a case for the need for such preliminary work prior to a more complete future study. An inadequate proposal fails to state a rationale for consuming time and resources in order to address its research question.
Criterion 3: Effective research methods.
The proposal should identify, define, and justify the procedures that will be used to accomplish the research purpose or answer the research question of the study. The methods of the study can include such components as site selection, choice of archives, sample characteristics, data collection methods, experimental design, and data analysis. When judging the merit of study methods, proposal reviewers must evaluate whether each component of the methodology addresses the study's stated purpose. Thus, a well articulated purpose or question is crucial to a determination of whether the study's methods are effective. An inadequate proposal fails to describe the methods with sufficient detail for the reviewer to judge whether they respond effectively to the research question/purpose. A proposal also may be inadequate either because a component of the methodology is inappropriate for responding to the research question, or because a necessary component is missing.
Criterion 4: Major conclusions and implications.
The most important part of any research project is the meaning and implications of the results. The results will need to be interpreted with the research question and hypotheses in mind and consider all possible outcomes. Even if the outcome that was hypothesized was not found, there may be particular meaning with that and it should be explored. It should also set up questions and considerations for future research projects under the topic.
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