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Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grants – 2015
Academic Partnerships (AP) places high value on supporting research and increasing scholarly knowledge regarding the effectiveness of online learning. We recognize that online learning is still a new field with a world of possibilities in terms of research. That is why we offer the Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grant Program. Faculty or staff members at institutions working with AP-supported programs have an opportunity to apply for a research grant. Projects should be scholarly and worthy of publication in refereed journals or other dissemination opportunities within each discipline. Grants will be awarded to proposals covering the following topics:
- Student Interaction
- Tools (e.g., social media) and strategies for increasing student-to-student interaction and/or student-to-faculty interaction
- Best practices for evaluating the quality and impact of student-to-student interaction and/or student-to-faculty interaction
- Open Educational Resources
- Integrating open educational resources and learning technologies to increase student interaction
- Using open educational resources to facilitate self-guided learning and sharing among faculty and students
Am I eligible?
If you answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are eligible.
- Do I actively teach in a program that has an online partnership with Academic Partnerships?
- Will my research increase scholarly knowledge and provide quantitative data regarding the effectiveness of online learning?
- Does my research project include an aspect of quality improvement for online teaching and learning?
Note: Employees of Academic Partnerships are NOT eligible to participate in any way in AP Faculty Research Grants submitted by University Partners.
Important Dates – Spring 2015 Grants
- 1/19/2015 – Call for Proposals
- 3/27/2015 – Proposals due via AP Faculty Research Grant Application
- 4/17/2015 – Award Notification sent with Memo of Understanding
- 5/1/2015 – Signed Memo of Understanding due to Academic Partnerships
- 5/1/2015 – Projects to begin
- 9/18/2015 – Mid-completion report due
- 12/31/2015 – Projects to be completed
- 3/11/2016 – Final research summary and report due to Academic Partnerships
Important Dates – Fall 2015 Grants
- 8/3/2015 – Call for Proposals
- 10/2/2015 – Proposals due via AP Faculty Research Grant Application
- 11/6/2015 – Award Notification sent with Memo of Understanding
- 11/20/2015 – Signed Memo of Understanding due to Academic Partnerships
- 11/20/2015 – Projects to begin
- 3/4/2016 – Mid-completion report due
- 7/1/2016 – Projects to be completed
- 9/2/2016 – Final research summary and report due to Academic Partnerships
Evaluation Criteria and Review Process
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following weighted criteria:
- Alignment of the project goals and objectives (weight factor=3)
- Intellectual merit of the proposed project (weight factor=2)
- Clarity and appropriateness of the research design and procedures (weight factor=2)
- Appropriateness of the budget and strength of the budget justification (weight factor=1)
- Likelihood of scholarly publication (weight factor=2)
Proposal scores will be averaged and assigned a rating in accordance with the following scale:
- Exceptional (9-10 points)
- Very Good (8 points)
- Good (6-7 points)
- Fair (5 points)
- Poor (3-4 points)
- Not acceptable (0-2 points)
AP Grant Selection Committee members will independently review proposals and assign a preliminary score to each based on the above criteria. Preliminary scores will be averaged for each proposal and a preliminary ranking will be established. If any proposal is incomplete or does not follow guidelines, the committee will decide as a whole whether it is eligible for funding. The committee will also decide as a whole whether any proposed budget should be reduced. Click here to apply for the AP Faculty Research Grant. Questions regarding the grant, application, process, status please contact Faculty eCommons, Academic Services, Academic Partnerships, 600 N. Pearl Street, Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201.