FAQs & Application Tips

FAQs for SBSRI Small Grant 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

Salary/wage support for UArizona graduate research assistants or undergraduate student workers

Acquisition of research supplies and small equipment (audio recorders, transcription equipment, etc.)

Acquisition of computer(s) and related equipment (please see competition guidelines for specific instructions)

What are examples of budget items that are not allowable?

Salary support for the PI

Living expenses

Travel or other expenses related to the attendance or participation in conferences

Large equipment

Salary/wage support for non-UArizona graduate research assistants or undergraduate student workers

Publication/subvention expenses

Is human subjects approval/exemption documentation required by the proposal due date? 

If your research requires institutional approvals (e.g., human or animal subjects), you must acquire these before you can engage in your research. However, such documentation is not required at time of application submission. 

How long does the application review take?

Decision letters go out approximately six to eight weeks after the close of the competition. 

Tips & Tricks for SBSRI Proposals

When in doubt, reach out. SBSRI personnel are happy to answer any questions that you have regarding the competition or your application. Also consult with personnel in your unit's business office if you have budget-related questions and/or concerns. 

Start early – the deadline is closer than you think.

  • Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • 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

It's extremely important that you read the updated competition guidelines. 

  • Know the review criteria and use them to your advantage.

  • For the proposal narrative and other uploaded documents use single spacing, 12-point font, and one-inch margins all around. Please note that these formatting requirements DO NOT apply to the CV.

  • Your proposal will not be reviewed if your proposal narrative exceeds three pages. 
  • 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? 


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Elizabeth Stahmer, M.S.
Manager, Grants and Contracts
Graduate Research Associate