Research and Scholarship Fund Application

Research and Scholarship Fund Application

  1. For complete information about the Research and Scholarship Funding program, including eligibility, award amounts and reporting, please see:

  2. Complete the online application form below.

  3. After completing the application, upload the following documents as PDFs according to the specific file-naming conventions listed:
    1. Project Narrative: All text in the narrative and bibliography must be 11 pt. font and with a page limit of 1-3 pages per year, but must not exceed 6 double-spaced pages (page limit does NOT include figures and bibliography). Proposals should be written so that individuals who are not experts in the proposed area will be able to understand and evaluate the proposal.  See below for writing tips. FILE NAMING CONVENTION: APPLICANTLASTNAME_NARRATIVE.PDF
    2. 2-page Vitae: Text must be 11 pt. font and must not exceed two pages.  Include educational degrees, appointments/employment background, publications, grant awards (internal and external), and professional accomplishments that demonstrate the abilities necessary to implement the proposed project successfully. FILE NAMING CONVENTION: APPLICANTLASTNAME_CV.PDF
    3. Budget Form:  Complete the Budget template form to show project costs and current and pending funding.  Requests for supplies and equipment (> $3,000) and computers should be based on a specified and quoted cost. Your budget should not exceed the limits described in “Award and Duration” section. Additional funding received or being requested for the project should appear in the current and pending funding section of the budget.  A sample budget is provided for your reference.  FILE NAMING CONVENTION: APPLICANTLASTNAME_BUDGET
    4. External Review Form:  Open the External Review Form and follow the Applicant instructions before sending to your external reviewer.  The external reviewer will return the form to the Research & Scholarship Committee directly.

  4. Proposal Review and Selection
 Tips for writing for a general audience:
  • All proposals should be written for a general audience who does not have expertise in your field.  
  • Try to explain your research in 25 words and then use this as your first sentence.
  • The text should provide answers to the essential questions: Who, What, Where, When and How.
  • Provide context and give concrete everyday examples. Paint a picture for the reader.
  • Write in an active voice.
  • The language should be person-centered rather than focusing on the circumstance, condition or disease.  For example, "a person has MS" preferable to "is a victim of MS."
  • Use short, clear sentences and minimize the use of jargon, scientific and technical terms and acronyms.  If unavoidable, provide explanations or a glossary. 
  • Ask someone who is not in your field to review.
Examples of simple explanations for field-specific terms:
Apoptosis - how cells die
Axon - also known as a nerve fiber that transmits information to other nerve cells
Caucus - an informal meeting of local party members to discuss candidates and choose delegates to the convention
Iconography - the iconography of an artwork is the imagery within it
Impasto - an area of thick paint or texture in a painting
Trial Balloon - an idea a politician suggests in order  to observe the reaction

The application is closed.