The Office of Research is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support specific expenses for dissertation research. Awards are made competitively to doctoral students to pursue dissertation research. Support is not available from the Office of Research for master's thesis research or alternative exit projects.
Proposals must focus on dissertation research, which requires funding in excess of what can be supported through normal academic program operating budgets. Successful applicants must submit a clear and well-organized application that provides evidence of the proposed research problemís significance and use of appropriate research methods. The maximum possible Dissertation Research Award (DRA) is $5,000. From among these awardees, those who have submitted through the university an external grant proposal in response to an established funding opportunity and subjected to a competitive review process within the preceding year, will also be eligible for an additional $500, if unfunded, or an additional $5,000, if funded.
(The two requirements below must be met prior to submitting an application.)
A doctoral student may receive only one DRA during her or his tenure at Cleveland State University. An award is made with the understanding that:
(The deadline for the three requirements below is November 30, 2014)
Acceptance of an award signifies the intent of the doctoral student to complete his or her doctoral degree at Cleveland State University.
The awarded funds must be expended within the twelve months following the date the funds are awarded. Before work can begin on projects that involve the study of humans or animals, awardees must obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Questions regarding these issues should be directed to the Sponsored Programs & Research Services(SPRS).
The University Research Council exercises no direction or supervision over the details of the activities to be performed, but it does require adherence to the original objectives and purposes of the proposal and submission of a final report. No later than 30 days after the termination date of the award, the awardee must submit a final report as a pdf-attachment firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. The report should present in detail the accomplishments of the project including a summary of findings as well as all dissemination activities, such as articles, presentations, etc. Finally, the awardee needs to assess the extent to which the outcomes and expectations indicated in the proposal were met.
Any publication (dissertation, report, journal article, etc.) resulting from a DRA must carry an acknowledgment that the project was carried out with support from the Cleveland State University Dissertation Research Award Program.
All equipment purchased under the DRA becomes the sole property of the University and, for property control purposes, is assigned to the department in which the awardee holds his or her appointment.
All awards are administered through the Office of Research. Award funds must be expended for the purposes described in the proposal and in accordance with applicable University regulations and procedures. All award funds remaining unspent one year after the funds are awarded will revert back to the Office of Research for redistribution. A one-time no-cost extension of no longer than six months may be approved only in exceptional cases, and must be requested at least one month in advance of the deadline. There is no guarantee that a request will be approved. Consequently, it is in awardeesí best interests to avoid requesting an extension and ensure that all funds are expended within one year of the funds being awarded.
Award decisions are expected by May 2, 2014, and notification of the outcome of the review is expected by May 16, 2014. Awarded funds will be available beginning September 1, 2014 and will be awarded upon documentation of meeting the three criteria under "Prior to Awarding Funds" listed above.
The format given in the attached proposal form must be observed rigorously; non-compliance with the format will result in the disqualification of a proposal.
The proposal must be typewritten or word-processed, and the text must be within the printed margins of the proposal form. The proposal form provided must be used unless the applicant has obtained prior permission from the Office of Research to submit a proposal in an alternative format. The proposal must include a current copy of the student's curriculum vitae (please include the submission date on the vitae). With faculty reviewers from across many different fields across the University, the proposal should be written in plain English that is clear and unambiguous so that the proposal is understandable to readers completely outside the discipline. Nonetheless, the intellectual underpinnings of the research should be clear.
The following signatures on the application cover page are required in order for a proposal to be eligible for consideration:
In addition, a letter of support from the studentís faculty research advisor must be part of the single pdf-formatted attachment. The letter of support must describe the significance of the potential funding, potential benefits to CSU, and probability for successful completion of the research. The letter of support should also comment on the credentials of the student relative to the standards of his or her discipline.
Allowable expenses include: supply items related to the proposed research project; survey costs; computer time, where necessary, at locations other than Cleveland State University; purchase of library and testing materials; tuition expenses for attending a workshop or short course at another institution when required to gain skills integral to the research effort; travel related to the collection of data; and travel expenses related to presentation of dissertation research (including poster presentation) by the student investigator at a national meeting. Travel expenses related to presentation of dissertation research are limited to a maximum of $1,500.00. If additional funds are awarded for the submission of an external grant proposal within the preceding year (up to $500, if unfunded, or up to $5,000, if funded), these funds may be used to supplement the doctoral stipend.
Non-allowable expenses include: word processing and reproduction costs for a dissertation; graphics, photographs or photocopying to be included in a dissertation; stipend or salary for the studentís academic advisor; salary for data input/keypunch operator; salary for a statistical consultant; travel to attend (but not present at) professional meetings; laptop; iPad (or any other tablet); ipod; iphone (or any other cell phone); and graduate tuition.
The Colleges will be responsible for monitoring the account for adherence to Cleveland State Universityís accounting policies and practices. Over-expenditure of the account(s) will be charged back to the College(s).
If questions arise concerning the acceptability of anticipated costs for support, they should be directed to Joy Yard, 687-9364, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Conor McLennan, 687-5171, email@example.com.
The purpose of the DRA is to make selective investments in doctoral students that will advance significant scholarship. The AY 2014-15 DRA Evaluation Form that will be used by the University Research Council is provided below.
Notification of Award:
Applicants will be notified via email of funding decisions no later than May 16, 2014. Upon receiving an award, all expenses are charged against a special account within the budget of Sponsored Programs & Research Services. Successful applicants should contact SPRS at (216) 687-3630 to obtain information about the procedures to follow to ensure proper payment of expenses.
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