Submit A Research Grant Proposal

Guidelines For Research Grant Applications

Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis, with a preference for projects that address Strategic Priority areas (see Research Agenda). While we prefer that projects conclude within one year of the award, proposals that extend beyond one year will be accepted with reasonable justification (e.g., need for longitudinal reevaluation). A single Principal Investigator may submit more than one proposal.

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Important Dates

  • Proposals Due October 31, 2024 via email to J.D. Tanner ([email protected]) and Derrick Taff ([email protected])
  • Award(s) Announced November 30, 2024
  • Deliverables are Due November 30, 2025

Proposal Requirements

  • Title of Project
  • Principal Investigator and Affiliation
  • Partners or Assistants and Affiliations
  • Problem/Issue – Overview of the research concern and how science will aid in understanding this issue (Maximum 1-page)
  • Alignment with Research Agenda – How will this research answer one or more Strategic Research Priorities (Maximum 1-page)
  • Research Questions or Hypotheses 
  • Methods – Detailed description of the location, anticipated population, and sampling strategy, analyses plans, associated timeline (Maximum 2-pages)
  • Budget and Budget Justification – The maximum reward amount is capped at $20,000. Budget should include detailed description regarding how funds will be spent, and demonstrated matches or in-kind contributions are encouraged (Note that overhead should not exceed 15%)
  • Example summaries of relevant previous research with publication links when possible (Maximum 2-pages)
  • CV/Resume for Principal Investigator and Partners/Assistants (Maximum 2-pages each)
  • Citations
  • Detailed peer-reviewed Report (Key Findings, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Implications, Citations; *Note that we encourage reports that follow formatting requirements from relevant peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration or Journal of Interpretation Research)
  • 2-page Science Communication Brief of the project and the applied findings
  • PowerPoint Presentation mimicking the Report (Maximum 40 slides)
  • Scheduled Webinar where Primary Investigator and Team will share the project with the public
  • Excel file of all relevant data.

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