Call for Proposals: ACPA Senior Scholars Grant Program 2018

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Senior Scholars are committed to making policy programmatic decisions based on quality research data about the experiences of students, administrators, staff, and faculty at colleges and universities nationally and internationally.

With this announcement, ACPA and the Senior Scholars continue a research grant initiative to encourage practitioners and faculty to initiate original scholarship and research efforts designed to study critical issues impacting student affairs and/or higher education systems. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, racial justice, diversity and social justice, student demographics, and impact and value of student affairs on student success [A fuller list of topics exists in the Senior Scholars and SSAO Advisory Group Research Agenda].

ACPA will award up to $20,000 in grants for the 2018-2019 calendar year to practitioners and/or faculty to conduct studies that benefit our understanding of the transformative nature of student affairs and higher education. Grant recipients will be invited to present their work at the ACPA Convention in 2020.

Proposals will be judged on their originality, feasibility, clarity, and potential institutional impact. All grant proposals will be reviewed and highest consideration will be given to topics that align with the themes included in the Research Agenda. The final work will belong to the researchers/practitioners and they will be encouraged to submit for publication in an ACPA media outlet.

There will be up to two (2) grants funded for up to $10,000 each. Only current members of ACPA are eligible to be Principal Investigator (PI) on a grant.

Proposal Format Please merge the following components into one coherent document.

1. Cover Page - The title of the proposal along with the name, title, address, email,

and phone number of the PI and all researchers. 2. Proposal Narrative - The proposal narrative should be detailed but concise

(2,000 words or fewer are encouraged for this section), should include peer- reviewed sources where appropriate, and must include the following elements:

a. Problem statement identifying the research question(s) or the

transformative conditions that the research is designed to address. b. Indicate which topic on the research agenda this proposal addresses. c. Conceptual framework - Discuss and illustrate the theory underlying the project. The research must be grounded in the literature with a clear connection between theory and practice. There should be specific

outcomes that will be measured and a potential implications section for practitioners. d. Data and methodology section - Research studies can incorporate

qualitative, quantitative, mixed and/or critical methodologies. This section should include an explicit description of sampling, dataset (and the criteria for selecting data/participants), research instrument or design, and data analysis. e. Campus-level programming implications section - The proposal should

clearly identify, create, and/or support potential specific programs at the institutional level that have the potential to be adopted or adapted at a range of institutions. 3. References - Appropriately reference the works cited throughout the proposal

narrative using APA 6th edition. 4. Timeline for the various aspects of the proposed research, with an end date of

November 30, 2019, not to exceed two pages. 5. Proposed budget and narrative - Grants may be used for research travel, data

collection, incentives for participants, transcription, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses such as software and books. Funds cannot be used for salaries, research assistants, tuition and fees, or institutional indirect costs. Funded projects will be required to submit records of expenses to ACPA as part of the final grant reports. The budget should include a narrative not to exceed one page. 6. Biosketch – Brief biographies of the PI and others directly working on the grant. 7. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval - The researchers are responsible for completing all institutional review board procedures from the PI’s university as well as for any other campuses included in the research process. The proposal must include a brief description of the institution’s IRB process and the timeline for submitting the research proposal for review.

Please submit completed proposals to

Funding Disbursement Grant funds will be provided to the PI in the full amount awarded. The PI will provide receipts for all expenditures, a mid-year report on the budget and research project (May 1, 2019 deadline), and a final report and budget at the end of the research funding year.

Timeline September 17, 2018 - Announcement of grant program

October 29, 2018 (4:00 p.m. EST) - Proposals due

November 30, 2018 - Announcement of recipients

May 1, 2019 - Mid-Year Project Update conference call with Senior Scholars

November 23, 2019 - Research completed and report submitted to the Senior Scholars


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