Small grants are available to students in the School of Information and Library Science for assistance with research costs where unusual expenses are involved. Master’s students may apply once for up to $100 for expenses associated with their master’s paper. Doctoral students may apply twice for up to $200 each time ($400 total) for expenses associated with their research projects. Grants can be made for the costs of travel, postage, compensation of human subjects, and certain other expenses.
Grants are not made for the mechanical preparation of the resulting paper, i.e., typing, photocopying of the finished paper, etc. Your application must be approved before you make any expenditures for which you are requesting funds.
1. Talk with the research advisor and secure the advisor’s approval for submitting a request.
2. Fill out the grant application form, which is available in the SILS office.
a. Develop a brief statement as to how the funds are to be used, along with a proposed budget.
b. Have the faculty advisor complete the Advisor Approval.
c. Turn in the completed application to the SILS office.
d. You will be notified upon approval of your application.
3. To obtain reimbursement, submit receipts for covered expenditures to the SILS Business Manager.
4. Note on compensation for human subjects. Normally, compensation should be made in kind, e.g., gift certificates, chocolate bars, etc. If the student and his or her advisor decide that compensation must be in cash the following procedures should be followed.
a. Each subject must sign and date a receipt acknowledging they received payment as compensation for participation in the study. These receipts should be kept confidential, along with the signed informed consent forms, either by the advisor or with the IRB forms in the main office for 5 years.
b. To receive reimbursement, the student should submit a receipt containing the following information:
- number of subjects
- amount given to each subject
- date(s) of disbursement
- statement of who holds the subjects’ acknowledgements receiving payment
- signature of student
- signature of advisor
c. In case of audit, the subjects’ acknowledgements may need to be produced for review.