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 pp. 3-4 of the updated 2020-2021 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 seven 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.
SBSRI’s grant system (GAS) closes 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 2020-2021 competition guidelines. There are new instructions related to the narrative, the budget, and the budget justification.
Know the review criteria and use them to your advantage
Use recommended font and margins
The proposal narrative consists of two sections: Plan A, primary plan (pp. 1-3) and Plan B, COVID-19 contingency plan (p. 4). If COVID-19 conditions will not affect your research (i.e. Plan A can be carried out fully remotely), you may omit Plan B. See p. 2 of the 2020-2021 competition guidelines for further instructions.
Your proposal will not be reviewed if your proposal narrative exceeds four pages (or three pages if you do not include a Plan B, COVID-19 contingency plan).
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?