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2006-07 Collaboration Minigrants for Multi-Campus Engaged Scholarship Initiatives Request for Proposals

Proposals must be submitted via email and are due by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 14, 2006.

To motivate the building of multi-campus collaborative work in engaged scholarship, the CSU Office of Community Service Learning invites proposals from CSU faculty teams on multiple campuses for mini-grants ($2,000 - $3,000 each) to support initiatives enhancing research collaboration during the 2006-07 academic year. Eligible for funding are any CSU faculty teams representing two or more campuses who are interested in designing and conducting joint engaged scholarship efforts. For the purpose of this initiative we define engaged scholarship as follows:

Engaged scholarship refers to research and/or creative work that either directly studies or addresses a community need or the processes by which the university and other institutions are involved in addressing these needs. Examples include studies and participatory action research on health, education, environment, or safety (and other) concerns in communities, studies on the effectiveness of pedagogies (such as service learning) in engaging students in their communities, or studies on the effectiveness of public and/or private agencies in addressing these needs.

Faculty from different campuses who are engaged in similar scholarship efforts are invited to request funds to work collaboratively to examine a common research question and to learn from each other's methods and results. OCSL will provide support for planning the initiative, for participant travel, and for supplies and materials. Respondents to this RFP should define the focus and structure of the engaged research project, and they should explain how their project will benefit their collective scholarship endeavors.

Faculty interested in preparing proposals in response to this RFP should work with colleagues on other CSU campuses to determine the focus and design of the engaged research project, what issues are to be examined, and what approaches are to be taken. The initiative should include participation of representatives from at least two CSU campuses.

Anticipated Funding
We anticipate funding up to four mini-grants for projects with budgets limited to $2,000-$3,000 each. Those submitting requests should look for cost-effective approaches. We encourage CSU teams to seek matching funds from other sources, such as partial support from departments, colleges, or campuses. Contributions of resources from involved campuses are strong indicators of interest in the project and commitment to participate.

All funds are from the OCSL 2005-06 state budget. We will transfer awarded funds to a state account on a CSU campus specified by the project coordinator, and the coordinator will be responsible for their disbursement. Note: Grant recipients will need to provide assurances that grant funds can be rolled over into AY 2006-07.

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2006, and all expenditures must follow state spending guidelines.

Below are the documents and further guidelines that will assist your campus in creating a proposal:

Preparing a Proposal »

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals
The proposals will be evaluated by a CSU faculty and OCSL staff review committee using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to engaged scholarship
  • Thoroughness and appropriateness of the proposed project
  • Specificity and feasibility of the project timeline
  • Quality and value of the objectives or expected outcomes of the initiative
  • Specificity and congruence between budget and proposed activities
  • Breadth of involvement and commitment of multiple campus representatives

Reporting Requirements
OCSL requires a final report from each funded initiative by December 31, 2006, showing what was accomplished, who participated, and how funds were used. These final reports will be posted on the CSL Website.

How to Submit a Proposal
Send a digital copy of your proposal as a Microsoft Word email attachment to Gerald Eisman at geisman@calstate.edu by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 14, 2006. Appendices should be included within the document to ensure that pieces of your proposal remain connected. Proposals will be sent to reviewers immediately, and we hope to announce results the week of May 8, 2006.

Proposals that have not been received by the deadline will be considered only if funds remain after proposals received by the deadline have been considered.


Questions
For further information, please contact:

Gerald Eisman
Service-Learning Faculty Scholar
CSU, Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
email: geisman@calstate.edu
Phone: 562-533-5046
Fax: 562-951-4982

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Last Updated: April 29, 2008