Public Impact Research Initiative Grant Criteria

A group of students are inventing a "jalapeno popper" which is a cross between a bell pepper and a jalapeno pepper. The group has been cross breeding the plants for five seasons and are a few seasons away from a final product. The group was photographed at the student farm where they meet every Tuesday to tend to the plants and discuss their progress.
The grant application process for 2020-2021 is closed.

How to Apply for Public Impact Research Initiative Grants

Applications for grant awards will be evaluated in criteria related to the following types of grants:

Seed Grants

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the proposal, potential for public impact, and on the promise the grant has for establishing a mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationship with one or more non-university groups. This can include, but is not limited to, direct engagement with non-university group(s) in the development of collaborative agreements, research goals, questions, and/or methods, as well as inspire dialogue, share community stories, and lend community voices and histories to research and creative practice. Each application should also describe an engagement process and timeline with expected milestones leading to the completion of proposed tasks.

Bridge Grants

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the proposal, indicators of public impact, demonstrated accomplishments with non-university partner(s), and the need to deepen, sustain, or evaluate collaborative research and/or creative practice. Each application should also describe an engagement process and timeline with expected milestones leading to the completion of proposed tasks.

Use of Funds

Grant monies will be distributed to principal investigators. Funds can be used for research activities that include, but are not limited to, summer salary, GSR support, stipends for non-university partners, and event-related expenses. Matching funds are encouraged, but not required.

Submission Requirements

  1. Proposal application form, including statements of collaboration from non-university partner(s) describing the role that the partner expects to play in the collaboration, expected benefits, and how they will interact with students;
  2. A project description (3 pages single-spaced maximum) addressing:
    • Specific aims for the project, along with long term goals; 
    • Approaches and methods that will address these aims;
    • Description and role(s) non-university group(s)/partner(s) play(s) in the research, and the expected benefit to the non-university group(s)/partner(s);
    • Potential/indicators of public impact;
    • Rationale for the configuration of the team, including roles of members;
    • Efforts to include diverse perspectives and voices;
    • Project timeline, tasks, and milestones;
    • Plans for sustaining the collaborative research relationship beyond the period of the funding support, if applicable.
  3. Signature endorsements from Department Chair (Department Chair applications must be signed by Dean) or supervisor of the principal investigator*
  4. Detailed budget and budget narrative. Please see the budget worksheet for details regarding expenditures. (Please download the excel file so you can update for your project.)

Expectations and Deliverables

  1. A final report due one year after receipt of the research grant that:
    • Summarizes accomplishments and challenges
    • Summarizes public impact
    • Documents feedback from non-university group(s)/partner(s)
  2. Agreement to be considered for a Stories of Engagement feature on the Public Scholarship and Engagement website.
  3. Contribution of two blog posts for consideration for the Public Scholarship and Engagement website; at least one should be authored by or co-authored with the public collaborator.