2016 Masters Thesis Research Supplemental Grants in Coastal Community Development
Saina ma’ase to those students who submitted by the deadline of March 1, 2016. This year’s cycle has closed.
Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $12,000 for such expenses including materials and supplies, equipment, travel to academic and professional development opportunities such as conferences, and stipends to support modest living costs.
(Request for proposal in PDF format: 2016 UOGSG Masters Thesis Supplemental Grants RFP_final)
(Request for proposal in Word format: 2016 UOGSG Masters Thesis Supplemental Grants RFP_final)
(Application template in Word: 2016 UOGSG Masters Thesis Supplemental Grants Application Template)
QUESTIONS (Updated 2/25/16; 2/23/16; 2/17/16). We welcome inquiries from potential applicants! Below, please see some questions, and our replies, that can apply to a cross-section of applicants.
Question 1. The RFP states “These supplemental grants are intended only to provide partial support of research activities, not to fund the entire research and thesis completion endeavor.” Can you please be more specific about what that means?
Answer 1. A proposal should include realistic deliverables and timelines for the amount of funds requested. It does not mean, for example, that one is required to have a completed and defended thesis as a final output (although, if that is truly a realistic output, then it would be “realistic” to include). Sea Grant wants to help fund active research, not necessarily the entire thesis endeavor, which for some students can take several years.
Question 2. My research site or activities are not based in Guam. Can I still apply?
Answer 2. The RFP does not explicitly disqualify research that does not take place in Guam. That being said, an applicant should make a strong connection and justification between the proposed research site and the relevance to Guam coastal users/user groups. Outreach products and/or activities must still target Guam coastal users/groups.
In reading research RFPs, potential applicants may find that their projects do not appear to fit “perfectly” (at first glance) under the RFP’s purview. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the proposer to write a proposal in such a way that clarifies to reviewers why/how the project meets RFP objectives. People who regularly write applications develop that skill over time; proposals are not just great plans but also compelling and convincing writing! Additionally, sometimes proposals that do not get funded inform the RFP development in subsequent years, as they may demonstrate a need that the RFP developers did or could not originally envision.
Question 3. I don’t really “need” the money, but some funds could make my life more “comfortable.” Should I apply?
Answer 3. If applicants find that they have researchable topics and activities that need support, they should consider applying. However, understand that grants are not “free” money nor a purely merit-based disbursement of funds. Acceptance and implementation of a grant incurs responsibility and accountability, not least of which means making progress on research, analysis, and conducting an extension and outreach component.
Question 4. What citation system should I use?
Answer 4. There is no preferred citation system as articulated in the RFP. It is more important to maintain consistency throughout one’s proposal.
Question 5. Does the C.V. need to use Times New Roman, font size 12, and have 1″ margins?
Answer 5. According to the RFP, “Proposals should be single spaced with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times or Times New Roman font, and page numbers on the bottom right corner.”
Question 6. If I need permits for my project but don’t have them by the application due date, can I still apply?
Answer 6. If a relevant permit is not secured and/or finalized by the proposal submission date, the applicant should indicate in the proposal that the permit is in process and an anticipated date of acquisition. Additionally, reviewers may take this information into consideration. They might see a project as unrealistic if permit acquisition takes a protracted amount of time.
Question 7. How should I calculate the indirect cost charge?
Answer 7. Applicants should not include indirect cost charges to their budgets.
RFP QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION (Thurs., 2/4/16). Sea Grant did a short presentation on this year’s RFP and offered some guidelines for putting together a successful proposal package. If you missed it, slides are available. (PowerPoint slides: 2016 UOGSG RFP Highlights and Tips_020416 )