Call for 2012-13 Community-Based Research Grants

Posted on September 26, 2012

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 2012-2013 Community-Based Research Grants
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 7th, 2012 (midnight)

Faculty Award: $1,000 (state funds deposited into department account)
Undergraduate Student: $1,500 award
Graduate Student: $500 research award

The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant supports proposals that represent collaborative partnerships among community partner, student, and faculty teams. Projects should advance the development of community partner capacity, student learning through the high impact practice of undergraduate research, and facilitate the evolution of faculty scholarly identity as it relates to community-identified needs. The goal of this community-based research grant is to support the agenda of each team member while simultaneously grounding the process in mutual development of all three entities.

We seek projects that demonstrate community-engagement, as defined as “activities that are undertaken with community members in a context of reciprocal partnership.” Preference will be given to those proposals that:
(1) exemplify collaborative, reciprocal processes that recognize, respect, and value the knowledge, perspective, and resources shared among partners
(2) serve a public purpose (as identified by the community member), builds the capacity of each of the individuals, groups, and organizations involved to understand and collaboratively address issues of public concern

Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants can be from any academic discipline or community agency (including non-profits, schools, and government agencies). All UNCG full-time faculty members are eligible. Students can have part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate status, and may pursue academic credit for some aspect of their research. Teams that include both undergraduate and graduate students will be given preference; however, ALL teams must have at least one faculty member, one community partner, and one student. The team is not to exceed six members, and may not include class-based projects (independent studies are allowable). The primary faculty member must have access to departmental state funds into which the grant can be deposited (unless arranged otherwise with OLSL).

Criteria for Evaluation
Applications will be reviewed based on the quality of the community-engaged research proposal. Acceptable proposals include:
(1) Research questions that originate from a need for information to address specific community-based interest, support faculty scholarship identity, and when possible are identified through relationships with community partners.
(2) Community partners, students and faculty members as participants in all stages of the research process.
(3) Analysis of the causes of community identified topics and offer team-based strategies for change.
(4) Dissemination of results to the community/agency involved in the study, as well as to the UNCG and greater academic communities.
(5) Clearly articulated student learning outcomes.

Project Award: $1,000 research project awards will be transferred to the faculty member department’s state fund for their exclusive use or re-distribution upon proposal acceptance. All funds must be spent by June 7, 2013.
Undergraduate Researcher: $1,500 undergraduate student research stipends will be administered through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and are awarded directly to the student in the Spring.
Graduate Researcher: $500 graduate student research awards are awarded directly to the student.

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