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Applications Instructions and Evaluation Criteria

Proposal Overview

Your proposal must include the following items:

1. Contact Information

2. Project Summary

Your summary should begin with a 300-word abstract of the project. Please limit your entire summary to a maximum of four pages (including your abstract), double-spaced. The Project Summary should include five sections in addition to the abstract:

Scholarship

How will this project advance the student’s scholarly (broadly-defined) goals and interests? How is this project distinct from your dissertation research?

Public or Social Impact

How will this project address community-identified needs?

Collaboration

How will this project draw on the strengths of participants to achieve mutually-beneficial goals?

Feasibility

What are applicant’s qualifications related to community-based research or teaching? What are the skills of the projects’ partners that makes this a feasible project in the given time frame?

Sustainability

How will the project partners’ collaborate to insure that the project’s’ outcomes have a sustained impact in the local community and beyond?

3. Partnership Agreement

Objective

Describe the collaboration’s mission or purpose.

Outcomes

What do the project partners hope to achieve through this collaboration?

Implementation

How will the project partners work together to achieve the goals of the collaboration?

Project Timeline

Describe the phases of the project and each partner’s responsibilities during each phase.

Monitoring and evaluation

How will the project partners assess the project outcomes and impact?

Roles and responsibilities

Which project partners will be responsible for which tasks?

Communication

How will you insure that the project partners remain fully apprised of all developments over the course of the project?

Accountability

how will the partners track the progress of the project and hold each other accountable for its development?

4. Participant CV/Community partner CV or Resumé

If community partner CV/ resumé is written in a language other than English, you may be asked to provide a translation.

5. Budget and Budget Narrative

This budget is for the entire project. Be sure to list other sources of funds (e.g., in-kind donations or other funders).

Allowable Expenses

  • Student stipends can be requested up to $18 per hour
  • Community partner honorariums for organizational costs
  • Transportation, research material, supplies, documentation, publication, production of public good(s) such as performances or exhibitions, etc.

Unallowable Expenses

  • Equipment purchases (e.g., a computer).
  • Cost of GSRA-ship, GSI-ship
  • During the academic year: Student stipend for work related to the dissertation if if the student already has full stipend support.
  • Gifts to partner organizations.

6. Letter(s) of Commitment should be written by all community partners.

  • What role will community partners play in the project?
  • How will the project advance partners’ organizational mission?
  • What are the expected project outcomes from the perspective of the partner(s)?

If letters are written in a language other than English, the applicant must include a translation with the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

The criteria below are used by the Grant Review Committee to assess the quality of the proposed project. Each item is evaluated on a scale of 1 to 3 (1 is lowest and 3 is highest) with a space for additional comments.

  • This project translates or develops the student’s scholarly and/or pedagogical work by bringing it to a public audience and/or community context.
  • The project demonstrates collaborative practice and an equitable distribution of labor. Good collaborative practice includes outlining clear lines of communication, suitable distribution of responsibility, and articulating mutual benefit(s) to all parties of to the collaboration.
  • Quality and salience of the project’s benefits to the student(s) beyond advancing their dissertation research.
  • Quality and salience of the project’s benefits to the community partner(s), including the extent to which the project addresses a community-identified need.
  • Will the project result in the creation of a new public cultural good or service?

Public good is evaluated according to:

  • Plan for sustainability beyond the life of the grant
  • Plan for engaging the widest possible public (e.g., how you will advertise, engage stakeholders and disseminate impact)
  • Reflection on potential contributions to public/community policy or influence upon professional practice
  • Models that enrich the artistic and cultural life of the community
  • Clear evaluation plan with commitments from partners and/or peers to assess the significance of the public good generated by the project?

Is the budget feasible and reasonable? Guidelines for expenses are as follows:

  • Student stipends can be requested up to $18 per hour
  • Community partner honorariums for organizational costs
  • Transportation, research material, supplies, documentation, publication, production of public good(s) such as performances or exhibitions, etc.

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915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

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