Applications for ISW grants proceed in two stages:
Stage One: Letter of Intent (due February 1)
Please submit (via post or email) a Letter of Intent to Ed Mueller, Director of the University Writing Programs. The letter should be addressed to Edward Mueller/ISW, Dimond Library, Room 329, 18 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 or to email@example.com. In this letter of no more than two pages, please include the following:
- background on the project (what inspired your interest in this line of inquiry?)
- a brief overview of your research project as you currently conceived (what do you plan to investigate?)
- a statement of need (what need or gap will your research project address?)
- a summary of the methodology you intend to employ (how will you conduct the investigation?)
- whether or not the project could be a pilot or a seed for external sponsorship
- intended publication plan
You will receive a response no later than February 28th (after the February Writing Committee meeting). In that response, you may be invited to submit a full application expanding on the original letter of intent, with suggested revisions, if any.
Stage Two: Full Application (due March 29)
If your proposal receives a favorable response, please submit the following documents.
- Application form with appropriate signatures
- Project summary (see below for details)
- Budget request form
Please see the menu to the right for the application and budget request forms.
- If the grant proposal includes a Graduate Assistant, we strongly recommend that applicants review the Graduate School policy for Graduate Stipend Only Appointments.
- If the proposed research involves human subjects as determined by the Institutional Review Board, please provide a copy of approved or pending Institutional Review Board approval or exemption. Visit this page for more information.
- Rates for Externally Funded Research can be found at this page.
Project summary instructions
In 1500 to 2000 words total, respond to each of the items below. Head each section with the numbered section as written here.
Part 1: Overview (no more than 300 words)
Introduce the problem or research question that you intend to address, and briefly describe how your project will address it.
Part 2: Project Description
Describe your project. Please include the following:
- proposed research methodology, including how you plan to measure outcomes;
- timetable for the project;
- if applicable, rationale for involving a research assistant, and an explanation of the research assistant’s roles and responsibilities; and
- potential or envisioned linkage (if any) to external sponsorship – whether or not this is a seed or pilot study in that context.
Part 3: Relevance and Plans for Dissemination
In this section, please address the following two questions:
- Explain the relevance of your project to the improvement of student writing or writing instruction at the University of New Hampshire. What are its implications for colleagues, departments, and/or the University as a whole?
- Specify the intended audience for your results and your plans for disseminating those results within UNH and externally (target publications or venues).
The Director of the Writing Program is available to consult with faculty at any stage of the ISW process. Click here for contact information.