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The purpose of the Research Collaborative program is to increase the amount and quality of collaborative research in the School of Education with a long-term goal of increasing the number of externally-funded research grants. Scholarly activity takes a variety of forms and may go through a series of stages before fruition. This is also an acknowledgement that faculty need time and encouragement to develop new scholarship or renew existing scholarship.

The Research Collaborative program is an opportunity for faculty to come together across disciplines to conduct research that is robust and that is impactful to the field. A collaborative group may consist of 3 to 4 members from across divisions in the School of Education. Each group will be given a summer stipend to conduct research.

Types of Awards: Applicants can apply for one of two awards.

1. Research Collaboration Grant. This application requires one or two principal investigators (PIs), who must be SOE faculty. The purpose of this award is to fund summer research. Preference will be given to projects including data collection, but the grant may also fund data analysis and writing if the application supports a need for the paid time and effort (e.g., substantial data analysis with new methods). Projects should directly lead to a research article to be submitted in a national/international peer-reviewed journal within 12-18 months and may provide pilot data for an external grant submission within the same time frame.

2. Continuation or Expansion Grant. This application is specifically for collaborations that were previously funded with the intent to continue funding for one additional summer to continue or expand the project. Applicants should demonstrate they have met objectives and expectations of their prior grant and are making continued progress toward publication and/or external funding. The need for continued funding should be clear. It is expected that the project should lead directly to a peer-reviewed publication in an impactful journal and should provide pilot data for an external grant submission within 12-18 months.


Faculty, excluding those in administrative roles, must be tenure-track, tenured or instructor at a 1.0 FTE. Collaborations may consist of three to four people with representation from at least two divisions in the SOE. Members from outside the university may be included as the fourth member of the team, but will not be compensated. Preference will be given to collaborations with a mix of junior and senior faculty.


Two grants will be funded: at least one must be a collaboration grant. All funded awards are equivalent to an on-campus course (8% of academic year contract) per faculty member as release from teaching one summer course. It is preferred that faculty refrain from teaching in the summer. If they do teach, they may not teach more than one 3-credit course.

Reporting Process

Reports for all projects are due by the first Monday of the fall semester. The report should include the product of the summer work (for example, a draft of a completed manuscript or grant proposal). If the product of your summer work is not completed, you should provide a narrative or reflective statement explaining how the funding enabled you to meet your goals and advance your professional development, and include a revised timeline for completion of goals.

Look for an RFP in December or email for more information.