The University-wide Research Grants for Librarians program is a competitive program open to the members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). The purpose of the program is to encourage and provide funding for research projects undertaken by LAUC members. The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) allocates funds for this program.
There are University-wide and division-level application processes and funds available. This document discusses only division-level application processes and funding. Discuss with a member of LAUC-SD R&PD Committee to determine whether your application should be submitted for division-level funding or university-wide funding.
Proposals must focus on research in library and information science, including dissemination of information; on advancement in knowledge within the broad definition of these fields; on the profession of librarianship; or on subject specialties for which the applicant is highly qualified and which would result in the advancement of knowledge in general.
The general criteria by which applications for research grants are evaluated by are the following:
1. Is the project research?
2. The significance of the proposed project with respect to one or more of the following:
3. The clarity of the proposal.
4. The effectiveness of the proposed methodology.
5. The appropriateness of the proposed budget.
6. The relevant background, training, and experience of the applicant(s)
Proposals from unit and non-unit members will be evaluated and ranked together to determine their relative merit. Those proposals which do not meet the criteria specified by these guidelines will not be funded regardless of whether funds are available. The allocation of funds to unit and non-unit members will be made following established guidelines.
LAUC-SD research funds are intended to support research by Librarians and can not be used to procure hardware, software, equipment or supplies for administrative units within the Library. Additionally, the purchase of specialized and expensive equipment is not the purview of this funding.
Requests to fund travel expenses for presenting the results of the LAUC-SD funded research project will be considered by the committee on a case-by-case basis.
Research monies will not be used to fund attendance at courses to develop personal skills (professional development) unless those skills are necessary for a specific research methodology, e.g., statistical analysis.
Research funds typically may be used for purposes such as the following:
Funds are awarded on a one year basis. Funds not expended within 12 months of the award date will revert to the Research Grant Funds. An extension of funding may be granted by the LAUC-SD R&PD Committee. Requests for extension and/or additional funds must be submitted to the Committee two months before the end of the funding cycle.
If a recipient of research funds terminates employment with the University of California, unexpended funds will revert to the Research Grant Funds.
All unexpended funds shall revert to the Research Grant Funds.
Applications may be submitted at anytime. Applicants submitting a
Research Request will submit a Cover Sheet (Appendix A) which includes a brief description of the project, objectives of the research, and the methodology to be used; and a Budget Sheet (Appendix B) to the chair of the LAUC-SD R&PD Committee. Applicants submitting a Poster Request will only submit an application (Appendix C.) All successful applicants are required to report their progress or submit a final report to the Committee Chair (see Appendix D – Reporting.)
The Committee Chair will notify the applicants and the other Committee members of approval or disapproval of proposals, and will announce the successful applicants and the projects to the LAUC membership. The Committee Chair will notify the Department of Business and Finance (DBF) to authorize the release of the funds.
Funding disbursements are handled by the Library DBF. Successful applicants should meet with DBF personnel to discuss the funding requirements, i.e., preparation of required forms, budgeting General Assistance hours, etc.
Applicant’(s) name(s), Project or Poster Title, date and abstract will be posted on the LAUC-SD R&PD Funded Projects webpage.
If you have questions regarding submitting a grant proposal, please contact the LAUC-SD R&PD Chair.
Approved by LAUC-SD
May 7, 1996