Research Improvement Grants


Overview

The College of Information Studies’ Research Improvement Grants (RIGs) Program is a competitive internal grant program for improving research. The improvements are broken into two areas as delineated by the two RIGs Tracks. The purpose of Track 1 is to provide funding to assist iSchool researchers who could greatly improve their research efforts by means of limited financial support and who have exhausted all other available funding sources. The purpose of Track 2 is to provide funding to enable iSchool researchers to extend their impact within the larger academic community. The program supports and encourages individuals or teams of researchers to catalyze and mobilize larger scale research that extends beyond the iSchool. Proposal applications will be accepted September 15th, January 15th, and April 15th of every year.

Oversight

The Research Improvement Grants (RIGs) program is the responsibility of the Associate Dean for Research with the assistance of the Research Centers and Collaboration Committee.

Eligibility

  • iSchool researchers (T/TT and professional track faculty, post-doctoral student, doctoral students, Master’s students), singly or in groups
  • iSchool Labs
  • iSchool Centers

There are two distinct funding tracks:

  • Track 1: Incremental Improvement (known as RIG-II)
    • The amount of support provided will be under $1,000.00.
    • The purpose of this for assisting iSchool researchers who could greatly improve their research efforts by means of limited financial support.
  • Track 2: Impact Magnification (known as RIG-IM)
    • Formerly the iSchool Mobilizing Assets to Grow and Nurture Influence For Impact (MAGNIFI) Program
    • The amount of support will depend upon the number of participants, activities supported, and length of activities.
    • The purpose of funding is to enable iSchool researchers to extend their impact within the larger academic community.

Process

  • Applications will be accepted September 15th, January 15th, and April 15th of every year.
  • Proposers will be notified within six weeks of proposal submission about grant winners.
  • Recipients will work with the research support staff to manage spending of the allocated funds.
  • All funds are to be spent and work completed within 2 years of the date of notification.
  • Final reports will be due upon completion of the work, or no later than 2 years from the date of notification.

Proposals

  • Online application form
  • Documents attached:
    • 2-page project description
    • Proposed budget
    • Proposed timeline
    • List of researcher team members and bio-sketch of Principle Investigators (PIs)
    • Students who are applying will need to include a statement from your faculty advisor/mentor attesting to research need and lack of other funding available

If there are any questions, please contact the Research Coordinator, Diane Travis, at dmtravis@umd.edu.


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