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Urban Education Institute Research Seed Funds


2019 Research Grants

Call for Proposals

Due May 15, 2019

2019 call for proposals

The Urban Education Institute (UEI) seed fund program sponsored by the Urban Education Institute and the Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE) is a grant opportunity offered for applied research projects aimed at improving the share of San Antonio students pursuing and completing a postsecondary education. Faculty who are tenured/ tenure-track and those in non-tenured research positions can apply.

Our goal is to increase the number of transdisciplinary research teams focused on addressing education issues relevant to San Antonio’s community of education stakeholders including educators, students, and policymakers.

UEI Research Seed Funds realizes this goal by supporting activities necessary to advance an early stage of a research project that can develop into a competitive research proposal to an external funding organization within a year of the completion of the UEI Research Seed Fund period. The UEI Research Seed Fund period is no more than a year.

Total maximum amount to be requested is $10,000. It is anticipated that 6 awards may be funded, subject to available resources.

Award recipients agree to use the Institute as their administrative department for proposed research projects and future grant awards related to their Institute-supported research as a way of sustaining this seed-funding program. Researchers who have the Institute administer their grants receive administrative support such as budgeting, accounting, and purchasing services. They also receive part of the in-direct costs that is normally dedicated to a department.

It is never too early to bring us your ideas for a proposal. We can provide you feedback and advice for developing your ideas into stronger proposals. 

Proposal Submission

Proposals should be no longer than five pages and include an abstract. They should also identify the research questions to be investigated, provide a brief literature review, describe the methodology, and data to be used, and data collection methods. 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. | San Antonio, Texas 78207 | 210.458.7395 | Fax: 210.458.2615 2

Send your proposals to UEI@.utsa.edu by May 15, 2019.

Review Criteria

A review committee will score proposals based on the following criteria:

1. Design and feasibility (25 points):

a. The proposal is written so that a person with no prior knowledge of the subject may make an informed judgment as to the scientific or scholarly merit of the proposed project.

b. The proposal clearly describes what is intended by the Primary Investigator(s) (PI), how the PI intends to reach objectives, and anticipated implications of the project’s findings.

c. The proposed project clearly exhibits application of sound investigative methodology.

d. When the research requires statistical analyses, procedures are specified and are demonstrably linked to the research questions/hypotheses being investigated.

2. Significance of expected results and products (25 points):

a. The project has potential for impacting policy and improving student outcomes.

b. The project enhances the PI’s ability to obtain external funding or elevates UTSA’s image.

c. The proposal indicates the extent to which new ideas may be generated or established concepts may be reexamined.

d. The proposal is supported by relevant scholarly literature.

3. Institutional Review Board (5 points):

a. All proposals using human subjects must have appropriate IRB approval or have been submitted for review.

b. Grant funding will not be released until proposals receive IRB approval.

4. Transdisciplinary (15 points):

a. Research stretches past traditional academic multi-disciplinary boundaries to foster collaborations across disciplines, colleges, and beyond academia to develop processes for identifying new solutions to complex, intransigent education-related problems.

5. Student Research (10 points):

a. Research team includes undergraduate and graduate students in the proposal and budget.

6. Distribution (10 points)

a. Proposal includes a plan for communicating the findings of the research to education stakeholders including education practitioners, policymakers, or philanthropists.

7. Future grant prospects (10 points):

a. Research team proposes a plan for using the work supported by this seed-funding program to apply for future sources of support.

8. Budget Justification– (1 page maximum)

Details for all proposed expenditures must be described in a budget justification. 

The justification must convey an integrated understanding of the types of resources (labor, materials, other) necessary to complete the proposed research project.

Budget Considerations

Grant funds can be used for the following:

a. Salaries and/or wages for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate

b. Supplies (must be justified as needed for project success).

c. Expenses for field work, data collection, archival research, training, educational purposes and/or presentations on research, creative or scholarly activities directly related to the proposed project.

d. Consultant fees.

e. Contracts and subawards for activities outside of UTSA (must be clearly and convincingly described as necessary for successful execution of the proposed project).

f. Travel to conferences or other conference support if directly related to the proposed work.

g. Travel for data collection or other purposes when justified as essential to the project.

h. Travel for relevant Program Officer to visit UTSA.

Grant funds cannot be used for the following:

a. Office equipment, including computers or laptops.

b. International travel.

c. Student travel.

d. Stipends, scholarships and/or tuition.

e. Indirect costs (F&A) costs.

f. Payment of salaries to non-UTSA personnel.

Reporting Requirements

A Project Update Meeting/Report will be requested by the Urban Education Institute in early May 2020. PI(s) awarded funding under this opportunity will be required to submit a final report capturing both quantitative and qualitative to the Urban Education Institute and VPREDKE, a template will be provided. Awardees will be provided final reporting instructions prior to the end of their project. The PI is responsible for submitting a Final Grant Report no later than Sept. 30, 2020. Final report must be filed in thein order to be considered for subsequent awards. 


Projected Timeline

March 8, 2018 – Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) announced

May 15, 2019 – Grant applications due via email to UEI@utsa.edu in PDF format (by 5:00 P.M. CST)

July 1, 2019 – Award winners announced

September 1, 2019 – Grant performance period begins (i.e., funds available)

March 1-15, 2020 – Project Update Meeting Requested by UEI

August 1, 2020 – All funds must be spent or encumbered

August 31, 2020 – Grant Performance Period Ends

September 30, 2020– Final project report due