FAQs for SBSRI Funding Competitions
– Who is the PI?
The applicant is the awardee/PI. SBSRI awards are made to individuals NOT research teams.
See application guidelines for eligibility requirements.
Students: Please note that if you are a GIDP student, your primary advisor must be a faculty member homed in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. GIDP students should contact Beth Stahmer, Director SBSRI, to determine eligibility before proposal development and submission.
– Should the budget include all expenses related to my research project?
No, budgets and budget justifications should only reflect expenses and line items related to this particular competition. If you do include more details, your justification must CLEARLY indicate what funds are being requested through SBSRI. If you need assistance with building a compliant budget/budget justification, please contact your unit's business manager or personnel in SBSRI for guidance.
– What are examples of allowable budget items?
• Travel and related expenses associated with fieldwork
• Expenses (copying, access to archive, etc.) related to archival research
• Human subjects payment
• Laboratory fees related to analysis
• Acquisition of software and/or databases
• Acquisition of research supplies and small equipment (audio recorders, transcription equipment, etc.)
– What are examples of budget items that are not allowable?
• Salary support for the PI
• Travel or other expenses related to the attendance or participation in conferences
• Computers and other hand-held devices that might be used to collect/store research data
• Large equipment
• Publication/subvention expenses
– Is human subjects approval/exemption documentation required by the proposal due date?
No, but awardees must have approval/exemption in place before grant funds are disbursed.
– How long does the application review take?
Decision letters go out approximately six to seven weeks after the close of the competition.
Tips & Tricks for SBSRI Proposals
– Start early – the deadline is closer than you think.
SBSRI’s grant system (GAS) closes by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date
Contact your reference for a letter or unit-level approval early
Your application cannot be submitted until all required components are uploaded/filled out including reference letter submission
On application’s homepage click on the “Submit My Application” button to submit your proposal
– Read the guidelines.
Know the review criteria and use them to your advantage
Use recommended font and margins
Spacing is up to you – but single-spacing is recommended
Narrative is limited to three pages – your proposal will not be reviewed if you go over this page limit
Total requested from SBSRI: do not go over the maximum amount listed for the award type – your proposal will not be reviewed if you go over the max amount
Remember that the applicant is the Principal Investigator (PI) and is, therefore, responsible for the proposal (and submitting it on time) and the research to be done as described in the proposal
– SBSRI funds research grants, so:
Your proposal should address a research problem, have over-arching goals or objectives, include research questions, discuss methods for data collection AND analysis, highlight hypotheses or potential outcomes, and underscore the project’s impact or significance
Answer all questions and answer them in a comprehensive manner (this includes the budget justification)
Consider and incorporate review criteria into your responses
Do not use discipline-specific jargon. If you must use it, define it.
Think of your research in terms of feasibility. Ask yourself, can I accomplish the research activities described, within the funding period, and with the budget requested?