Academic Library Impact Research Grants - FAQs

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  1. What if I’m not sure what budget category to put an expense into?
  2. I have an idea for a research project that is connected to my PhD or Masters program. Can I apply for a research grant as part of my studies?
  3. Am I guaranteed a slot at the ACRL 2019 conference based on my research?
  4. Am I guaranteed a paper in the special issue of College & Research Libraries?
  5. Do the word count limits include references?
  6. Will you consider awarding funding for a project that is unconfirmed, for example if not all collaborators have fully committed at this stage?
  7.  Are staff at institutions with organizational memberships eligible?
  8. Do I need to have matching funds from my institution?
  9. Can I use this grant to pay summer stipends for faculty or student research assistants?
  10. Can I account for institutional overhead costs in the budget?
  11. Can you share examples of successful projects from the past?

 

What if I’m not sure what budget category to put an expense into?

Use whichever category seems most logical and in the description field be sure to add some detail so it is clear what the funding will be used for. If you still have questions, please get in touch.

I have an idea for a research project that is connected to my PhD or Masters program. Can I apply for a research grant as part of my studies?

While the research grant cannot be used to pay for tuition or other degree-related expenses, we recognize that you may be considering a research project on academic library impact that is connected to, or a part of, your area of study. Research projects that may form the basis of a wider program of study are eligible for consideration. They must still fulfill the selection criteria and recipients must fulfill the obligations outlined in the CFP, including dissemination.

Am I guaranteed a slot at the ACRL 2019 conference based on my research?

ACRL will convene a panel at the 2019 Annual conference in Cleveland Ohio that will be comprised of some of the research grant recipients. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for all recipients to be included in this panel. The Value of Academic Libraries Committee will organize the ACRL 2019 panel, and will be in touch with grant recipients with further details at a later date. Conference registration fees and associated costs are not covered by these grants.

Am I guaranteed a paper in the special issue of College & Research Libraries?

The Value of Academic Libraries Committee will organize, in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, a special issue of College & Research Libraries. Research grant recipients will be invited to submit to an open call for papers, though it it unlikely that all will be published in this special issue. The Value of Academic Libraries Committee will be in touch with grant recipients with further details at a later date.

Do the word count limits include references?

No.

Will you consider awarding funding for a project that is unconfirmed, for example if not all collaborators have fully committed at this stage?

Yes, we will certainly consider your application. However, if it is successful, you will need to sign a document agreeing to carry out the research and fulfill the program obligations. If at any stage during the application and award process you learn that your project cannot go ahead, please let us know so that we can consider offering the grant to another applicant.

Are staff at institutions with organizational memberships eligible?

You – the project lead – need to be an individual ACRL member to be eligible for these grants. Eligibility for grant and scholarship programs is considered one of the benefits of membership.

Do I need to have matching funds from my institution?

No. However, if your institution or any other organization is providing any support, you will see that there is a column for it on the budget worksheet. Indicate how much support you have (if applicable) and use the final section of the budget worksheet to briefly describe it.

Can I use this grant to pay summer stipends for faculty or student research assistants?

Yes, you can use grant funds for summer stipends. In the description field under 'personnel' on the budget worksheet, be sure to explain the amount for each person. Most likely this would be their regular pay rate multiplied by the amount of time you allocate. For staff on a 9-month academic contract, also explain that the stipend would supplement that.

Can I account for institutional overhead costs in the budget?

Yes, you may account for institutional overheads in the ‘miscellaneous’ category of the budget worksheet. Use the description field to explain how the amount is calculated, for example if your institution takes a certain percentage of a grant.

Can you share examples of successful projects from the past?

2018 is the first time ACRL is offering these research grants so we do not have any past examples. However, if you are looking for research models, note that the Academic Library Impact report identifies an exemplary study in each of the priority areas and those may be helpful.

 

If your questions are not answered here or in the CFP, please contact ACRL Program Manager and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Sara Goek at: sgoek@ala.org or 312-280-5841. This page will be updated on an on-going basis.

ACRL offered a free Q&A webinar on the research grants and application process on March 8, 2018. The recording can be viewed here.