Call for Proposals

2021-2022 POD Network Grant Program
Due Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59pm EST


The purpose of the POD Network Research Grant Program is to promote a greater culture of evidenced-based research designed to contribute new knowledge in the fields of educational, instructional, and organizational development, including the preparation of future faculty. POD Network is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we are especially interested in receiving applications from those whose voices are typically underrepresented in educational development. Please share this call with colleagues who might be interested, especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and/or LGBTQIA+. Proposed research may be carried out within an existing program or as part of a new initiative. The duration of the grant is for one full year.

For the 2021-2022 award period, the Core Committee has made a total of $10,000 available to fund:

POD Network Early Researcher Grant: The purpose of this funding is to support POD Network members who are initiating their first research project in an area related to teaching and learning, or to broader educational or organizational development. This includes seasoned researchers from other disciplines who have become POD Network members, but who have not received external funding or published research related to the aforementioned areas of focus. We also encourage applications from those who have not had a research program before and are looking to enter into one.

A total of $3,000 has been allocated for funding Early Researcher proposals, and each applicant may request $500-$2,000.

POD Network Research Grant: The purpose of this funding is to support POD Network members who have research experience in an area related to teaching and learning, or to broader educational or organizational development that includes publication, presentation, and possibly external funding. Funding may be used to initiate research in a new area, or expand / extend research already in progress, including research supported by other external funding.

A total of $7,000 has been allocated for funding POD Network Research Grants, and we seek to award two proposals up to $3,500 each.

Previously funded projects have included a range of topics and institutional types.
Visit the POD Network website for a list of previously funded proposals:

Eligibility (Both Awards)

  • The principal investigator must be a POD Network member at the time of submission.
  • Previous grant recipients are eligible to submit another proposal only after 3 years have passed since the submission date of the previous proposal. After that time, previous recipients who have submitted the required reports may submit a proposal for an unrelated new project or a related project that represents a considerable advancement of the previous project. The exception is Early Researcher awardees, who may apply for a POD Network Research Grant without waiting three years.
  • Eligible expenses (not exhaustive): Wages for research assistant(s), consulting or data-analysis fees, research equipment, supplies, travel for conducting research.
  • Ineligible projects & expenses (not exhaustive):Dissertation research, implementation of a new program (face-to-face or online), conference/institute travel and fees, payments for entertainment, alcohol, gift cards, routine operation expenses and wages, purchasing of equipment for personal use, funds for the production of commercial items.
  • The POD Network cannot pay overhead, indirect costs, or facilities and administrative costs.

Eligibility (POD Network Early Researcher Grant, specifically)

  • To qualify for the POD Network Early Research Grant, we also ask for a vita that includes any previous publications and sources of external funding (if applicable). To expedite the review process, please consider whether any content on your vita might raise questions regarding eligibility and include a separate written explanation if appropriate.

Proposal Review & Evaluation Criteria

All grant proposals will undergo blind review from at least three people from the Research Grants Co-Coordinators and/or members of the POD Scholarship Committee. Please limit identifiable information to the Cover Page. The review committee will not review materials that include information identifiable to an individual, center or institution.

Submitting your Proposal

Proposals must include a Cover Page and a Project Proposal. The Cover Page must be sent as a separate document in the same email to expedite the blind review process.

Cover Page must include the following information:

  1. Title of project.
  2. Names, titles, affiliations, and contact information for the principal investigator and all co-investigators.
  3. Proposal category: Early Researcher Grant or POD Network Research Grant
  4. Abstract of 250 words describing the project.
  5. **For Early Researcher Award:
    1. Please include the following statement: “I have read the above criteria for the POD Network Early Researcher Grant and am eligible to receive this grant.”
    2. Provided a copy of each investigator’s vita.

Project Proposal Outline (include all of the following sections)

  1. Importance of the Project (up to 750 words): Fundable proposals will successfully argue for the centrality or critical nature of the issue addressed.  Proposals must have a clear problem statement that outlines what issue the project will address with the funds from the POD Network. The text should include a brief literature review. It must clearly indicate how this project adds to the existing research (i.e., what is new or what problem will be solved?) and that it holds promise for a sustained impact on the work common to the POD Network community. Strong proposals will advance the mission and values of the POD Network, and will demonstrate that other POD Network members and institutions will have an interest in and will be able to access and use the results of the project.  Cross-institutional projects are encouraged, especially for a larger grant award, but not required.
  2. Project Design (up to 3,000 words):
    1. Problem Statement: A clearly articulated statement of the issue under consideration or investigation.
    2. Project objectives: Explicit objectives for the project that are clearly tied to the problem. Include description of products to be generated.
    3. Project timeline: A timeline detailing project implementation that will be sufficient to achieve objectives.
    4. Project staff and responsibilities: Description of who will work on the project and their responsibilities. (Please omit the names of individuals and only describe roles).
    5. Evaluation plan: A clear and feasible plan for evaluating progress on the project objectives that includes description of qualitative and/or quantitative data to be collected and analyzed.
    6. Dissemination plan: Presenters should also plan for dissemination of project outcomes. This can include submission of a POD Network conference proposal, POD Live, POD Speaks or other similar dissemination outlets (conference / journal). (Reminder: Acceptance is not guaranteed.)
  3. Budget and Justification (up to 500 words): Each item in the budget should be associated with an amount and a brief justification for its inclusion. The amounts should be reasonable and the outlined expenses should be directly relevant to meeting the project objectives outlined above. Reference eligible and ineligible expenses above.
  4. Probability of Success – Support Letter: Evidence of sufficient institutional support (e.g., a letter from a supervisor, Dean, Provost) and of PI’s and CoPIs’ prior experience with a similar project or ability to undertake the project (e.g., through academic preparation or prior work experience, may be in the form of a vita). Please have your letter of support sent as a separate document to the Research Grants Co-Coordinators – see Grant submission process below.

 Awardee Expectations 

All recipients are expected to:

  • Conduct the research as proposed, to the best of their ability, and keep the Research Grants Co-Coordinators apprised of changes that might need to be made in their plans.
  • Keep the Research Grants Co-Coordinators informed of IRB status if Internal Review Board approval is required or advised.
  • Provide a brief mid-year report in February 2022 (a template will be provided).
  • Submit a one-page final report in September 2022 that describes: a) overview of the project activities, b) summary of results for the project (which will be posted to the POD Grants section of the POD Network website), and c) summary dissemination efforts and plans.
  • Disseminate project outcomes. This can include submission of a POD Network conference proposal, POD Live, POD Speaks or other similar dissemination outlets (conference / journal). (Reminder: Acceptance is not guaranteed.)
  • Acknowledge the funding from the POD Network when collecting data, presenting, and publishing the findings.
  • Be willing to serve as a reviewer for the POD Network Grants in the coming year(s).

Grant Submission Process

  • Follow the Project Proposal Outlinedescribed above.
  • Proposals must be received by 11:59 PM EST, May 9, 2021
  • E-mail your materials (Cover Page and Project Proposal, as Word or PDF documents) to the Research Grants Co-Coordinators (Angela Atwell and Chris Hakala):
    • Document naming convention:
      • Principal Investigator’s Surname_Cover Page
      • Principal Investigator’s Surname_Project Proposal_Grant Type (Early Researcher or Research) Principal Investigator’s Surname_Project Proposal_Budget and Justification.
    • Subject line: 2021 POD Network Grant Proposal
  • Have support letter (see #4 in Project Proposal Outline above) e-mailed directly to the Research Grants Co-Coordinators (Angela Atwell and Chris Hakala):
    • Document naming convention: Principal Investigator’s Surname_Support Letter
    • Subject line: 2021 POD Network Grant Proposal Support Letter
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision in June 2021.