Other Campus Research Funding and Support Resources
Additional Funding Resources for Research
RPC's grants are a readily accessible source of funds to assist Library faculty and Academic professionals with their research. In addition, the campus has other sources of support for research and travel available to the Library faculty and Academic professionals. Here are brief descriptions of these other sources, with links to their web sites.
- Urbana Campus Research Board -- Provides support to Library faculty members in support of research. Awards are mainly in the form of research assistantships, equipment, publication subventions, travel to research sites, seed money (matching funds) to support other extramural grant applications, and extraordinary supplies or other research expenses. In short, many of the same sorts of research needs that the RPC funds, though the Research Board is able to support larger projects with bigger awards. Find the application form, deadlines, and other restrictions explained on the Campus Research Board web site.
- Scholars' Travel Fund -- Provides support to Library faculty members to present original papers at scholarly meetings. Specific dollar amounts are available, dependent on the distance to the meeting. The number of awards allowed per year varies according to ones' professorial rank. Since the fund is designed to be a supplement to your regular travel money and requires a contribution by the Library, the application must be signed by the University Librarian. Find the application form, deadlines, and other details on the Scholars' Travel Fund web site.
- Grant Forward -- The Grant Forward database lists external funding opportunities, and replaced the previous IRIS database. You can search it by keyword and limit to a specific area of interest.
- ICR Seed Grant Money. -- There may be money for library institutional research projects from Library-generated ICR Seed Grant Money, which is administered by the Library Faculty Executive Committee. (ICR=Indirect Cost Recovery; overhead funds from grants.) Please see: Guidelines for the Distribution of ICR Grant Seed Money and Urbana Campus Library Policy on the Distribution of Grant ICR Monies.
- The Provost’s Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) provides grants each year to “enable recipients to design, implement, and assess instructional innovation that has a high probability of enhancing education at Illinois.” You can also talk to Lisa Hinchliffe(firstname.lastname@example.org), Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, for ad-vice on finding money for instruction-related events.
- The library maintains a LibGuide on finding grants, fellowship, and scholarships with a list of funding sources, resources in the library’s collections, and resources for help writing grants.
- Academic Professional Development Fund -- The APDF provides a source of funds for academic professional staff members (permanent/non-visiting) to take advantage of professional development opportunities. The Office of the Provost provides up to $75,000 per year in APDF awards.
Resources for Developing Research Methods, Instruments, and Analysis
First, of course, you'll want to review the information from the Urbana Campus Institutional Review Board, concerning research involving human subjects. Here's a clarification of the IRB policy concerning surveys conducted by students, that was forwarded to the Library Faculty by Paula Kaufman (8/05); some information there may clarify guidelines applicable to research purposes. In Summer 2013 the library hosted a workshop on IRB for LIS projects, and you can view the very detailed slides from that presentation.
- Illinois Statistics Office (Urbana Campus) - This fee-based statistical consulting service is available for both university and non-university clients. They consult on projects ranging from a few hours of work to long-term applied research. Assistance is available for designing experiments, constructing survey plans, analyzing data, developing theoretical and empirical models, using computers for statistical computations, and preparing statistical sections of research proposals. First hour free.
- UI Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) - SRL serves Chicago campus and Urbana campus faculty, staff and students. They welcome inquiries from those interested in conducting a survey or in obtaining assistance or advice on a specific aspect of a survey. SRL can undertake complete survey projects from initial study design through data analysis. It also can conduct partial survey work such as sampling, questionnaire design, focus groups, data collection, instrument programming, and data reduction and can provide consultation on survey problems on a fee-for-service basis after a limited number of free hours. They also often have special hours arranged at the Scholarly Commons in the library, which can be used freely as much as desired. They also keep a list of helpful links for survey studies.
- The Survey Builder in the Web Services Toolbox developed by Public Affairs Illinois allows faculty and staff to create a survey, email the url of the survey out, and have users fill it out. Data can be retrieved as an excel spreadsheet or pdf. Survey submission may be limited to Urbana campus authenticated users, or can be made "publicly" available.
- There are a lot of professional software packages for conducting web surveys, including QuestionPro, SurveyMonkey, and Zoomerang. Please note that it is an RPC policy not to fund software requests. However, for research purposes and on a case by case basis, we may consider funding the licensing cost for a survey instrument. You may find the following article useful, How To Effectively Conduct An Online Survey. And several Library faculty have highly recommended the following book: Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web, which is available electronically through a link in our Catalog.
- The library has a number of resources in its collections to help explore research methods. Many of these are in the SSHEL circulating reference collection or online. You can find many key resources in SAGE Research Methods Online, which brings together many of the key publications related to various methodological approaches. You can also contact Dan Tracy for further assistance finding sources related to research methods.
- The Library Assessment Committee is a great resource if your research involves assessment of the library. Their website has information on library data and assessment resources. Contact the Coordinator for Library Assessment, Jen-chien Yu (email@example.com), for more information or to get help developing your assessment project.
- The Scholarly Commons in the library offers many useful services including data services, tech support for digital humanities projects, and many licensed software applications not available elsewhere in the library. ATLAS holds office hours in the Scholarly Commons to assist with data analysis--outside of the library this is a fee service except for an initial few free hours.
The above tools and many more are available on a handout listing Research Support Services on campus and in the library, with services organized by the stage of the research cycle where they may come in most useful. This handout is maintained by Dan Tracy, LIS and Research Support Services Librarian and ex officio member of RPC. You can also email Dan for questions about research support.