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Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grants
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. On average, for each bi-annual grant period, $50,000 is available in awards for individual up to $3,000 or collaborative research studies not to exceed $5,000 per award. Projects should be scholarly and worthy of publication in refereed journals or other dissemination opportunities within each discipline. Preference will be given to proposals in the following areas:
- Retention: Effective strategies, time to completion, persistence, demographics, number of starts per year, length of program, cohort data, etc.
- Student engagement as related to retention (Identify trends and indicators, cohort vs. non- cohort models, etc.)
- Assessment of adult learning in the online learning environment (Cohort vs. non-cohort, comparative analysis between cohorts, etc.)
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 2014 Grants
- 1/6/2014 – Call for Proposals
- 3/31/2014 – Proposals due via AP Faculty Research Grant Application
- 4/30/2014 – Award Notification sent with Memo of Understanding
- 5/15/2014 – Signed Memo of Understanding due to Academic Partnerships
- 5/15/2014 – Projects to begin
- 8/30/2014 – Mid-completion report due
- 12/31/2014 – Projects to be completed
- 3/2/2015 – Final research summary and report due to Academic Partnerships
Important Dates – Fall 2014 Grants
- 7/31/2014 – Call for Proposals
- 9/30/2014 – Proposals due via AP Faculty Research Grant Application
- 10/30/2014 – Award Notification sent with Memo of Understanding
- 11/15/2014 – Signed Memo of Understanding due to Academic Partnerships
- 11/15/2014 – Projects to begin
- 3/1/2015 – Mid-completion report due
- 6/30/2015 – Projects to be completed
- 8/31/2015 – 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. Awards will not exceed $5,000.
Questions regarding the grant, application, process, status please contact Dr. Melissa Kaulbach, Vice President, Academic Services, Academic Partnerships, 600 N. Pearl Street, Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201.