AOFYE Research Grant Guidelines

AOFYE, in collaboration with the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRCFYESIT), invite applicants for their 2017 Research Grant Competition. AOFYE and the NRCFYESIT will jointly award one grant in the amount of $500 to promote original, descriptive, or evaluative research; philosophical studies; or institutional assessment or evaluation on issues surrounding admissions, orientation, and/or the first-year experience.

Please contact Bryce Bunting if you have any questions about the grant selection process or submission criteria.

Grant Eligibility:

The AOFYE/NRCFYESIT Research Grant competition is open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students who are current members of ACPA. Membership in the AOFYE Commission is not required. Members of the AOFYE Commission Directorate board may not apply. Because of funding support by the NRCFYESIT, faculty, staff, and students from the University of South Carolina and any of its system campuses may not apply. Research at all stages will be considered, although priority will be given to projects that are further along in the research process (i.e., recently or soon to be completed). 

Grant Selection Timeline:

Completed grant applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Nov. 18, 2016. A confirmation email will be sent to the principle investigator upon submission of the application. Award recipient(s) will be notified in early January 2017 and will be invited to receive their award at the AOFYE Commission Open Meeting held during the 2017 ACPA Convention in Columbus, Ohio in March 26-29, 2017.

Grant Selection Process and Criteria:

After an initial review to ensure applications are complete and meet all requirements, proposals will be blind-reviewed and evaluated by scholars and practitioners who are current members of ACPA, including AOFYE commission members and staff of the NRCFYESIT. Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • Address an important topic within student affairs in higher education related to admissions, orientation, or the first-year experience;
  • Clearly articulate an original research project that utilizes sound research design and methodology;
  • Have the potential to significantly impact theory, practice, and/or policy related to admissions, orientation, and/or first-year programming;
  • Describe a project that is nearing completion. (Research at all stages will be considered, although priority will be given to projects that are further along in the research process.) 

Grant Requirements:

 Grant recipients:

  • Must be a current member of ACPA and must maintain that membership throughout the term of the grant. 
  • Shall submit a two page research proposal to be distributed via the AOFYE Commission listsrev and appropriate NRCFYESIT listserve for membership review.
  • Shall submit a semi-annual progress report to the AOFYE Commission Chair by August 1st and February 1st for the duration of the research. The report should include notification of any changes in the original project proposal.
  • Shall submit a final report to the AOFYE Commission Chair within 90 days of completion of the project. In addition to providing a summary of the project, the final report should articulate the outcomes and implications of the research.
  • Shall submit a program proposal to present findings of the funded project at an ACPA Convention or the NRCFYESIT's Annual Conference on the First Year Experience or webinar after completion of the study.  A copy of the proposal shall be submitted to the AOFYE Commission Chair.
  • Are strongly encouraged to submit the study and research findings to an ACPA or NRCFYESIT publication.

Grant Application Procedures:

Applicants for the 2017 AOFYE/NRCFYESIT Research Grant must submit a completed application. In addition to contact information for the principal investigator and any other researcher(s), grant applications must include a proposal consisting of:

  • Title of Proposal
  • A brief (80 words or less) abstract of the proposed research
  • A 3-5 page description of the study (double-spaced with margins no smaller than 1 inch and font no smaller than 11-point), including:

o   Statement of problem/research questions

o   Brief literature review

o   Description of research participants

o   Description of instrument, interview protocol, or other data collection tool

o   Procedures for data collection

o   Description of data analysis

o   Description of findings (preliminary or final)

o   Theoretical and/or practical relevance of the findings for student affairs

  • An appendix that includes a detailed budget and explanation of how the funds will be used, a project timeline, copies of the instruments to be used (if applicable), and a reference list.