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
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
Below are the documents and further guidelines that will assist your campus in creating
Preparing a Proposal »
- Cover Page »
On the coverpage, identify the following: The focus of the initiative, names of participating faculty, their
departments and campuses, project coordinator (with mailing, phone, fax, and email
addresses), amount of funds requested from OCSL, funds committed from other sources, and
the date (semester) of their use. Additionally, the signature of the Department Chair or
other appropriate person, who has budget authority needs to approve of the request and
verify that he/she will ensure that the grant funds will be appropriately monitored, must
- Proposal Narrative » (three pages maximum)
Explain the engaged scholarship project and how each of the main participants have been
involved. Describe the plan for bringing faculty together in a collaborative effort, to
build upon existing research or create new research in which the problem of study is
clearly defined. Provide an explanation of logistics (e.g., travel and lodging,
availability of facilities or consultants, technical support); and a description of the
expected outcomes of the initiative. Proposal reviewers will appreciate your efforts to
structure the proposal to make it easy to follow and to read.
- Timeline »
Summarize anticipated deadlines for
the major steps required to complete the project,
including planning, implementing, and evaluating the project and the final report. Be
sure that all work will be completed by December 31, 2006.
- Budget »
OCSL Budget Form, submit an
itemized budget that estimates costs for: student assistants, travel, conference fees,
facilities fees, honoraria, materials, and supplies. Clarify which expenditures will be
covered by matching funds. OCSL does not provide funding for equipment or indirect costs.
There are no budget match requirements for this grant. However, matching funds may be used
as an indication of commitment.
- Indication of Commitment »
Include evidence of intention to
participate from faculty on the lead or other campuses.
Copies of emailed responses are appropriate as Appendix.
Criteria for Evaluating Proposals
The proposals will be evaluated by a CSU faculty and OCSL staff review committee using the
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For further information, please contact:
Service-Learning Faculty Scholar
CSU, Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210