College or University Research Grant Application

Grants of up to $1,500.00 for research expenses are available for Kentucky advanced doctoral students, or college/university faculty members in carrying out a literacy research project in the state of Kentucky. Advanced doctoral students should be through their qualifying exams and in the proposal writing phase in order to apply.
NOTE: No indirect costs can be taken by the University for this grant-award. This grant is awarded directly to the faculty member or advanced doctoral student, not the university.

Any Kentucky advanced doctoral student, college/university faculty member who is a member of the Kentucky Reading Association. KRA board members are not eligible to apply.

Applications due:  By 5:00PM EST on March 1, 2018

Grants awarded:  April, 2018

Grant implementation:  2018-2019 (research project must be completed no later than June 1, 2019)

How to Apply
The application consists of application data (title, abstract, proposed start and end dates, research description, research significance, methodology, bibliography, budget). Applications must be authored by the faculty member(s)/advanced doctoral student conducting the research.

Note: This application cannot be saved and returned to at a later time. Please be prepared to complete and submit the application.

A detailed list of project description requirements can be found here.

Please complete the application below and upload the required documents.
Required documents for upload include:

Contact erin.wobbekind@uky.eduif you have questions about the application process.

Applications must be authored by the educator implementing the project. 

Judging Criteria

Winning research proposals will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Rationale for the research
  • Convincing connection to state literacy needs
  • Clear connection to KRA goals
  • Strength and sensitivity of methods and data collection procedures
  • Feasibility of study, including sensible timeline

Completion and Research Report/Synthesis

Upon completion of the research project, the grant recipient is required to send a written report or research synthesis detailing the findings, implications, and future areas of research. The report should also include a section for reflection for the grant recipient to share limitations or lessons learned from the research project. If a written report is not received, the doctoral student or faculty member will be ineligible for future grant funding and must reimburse KRA for the full award. Templates for the written report/synthesis will be sent following the award announcement sent out by KRA.

The KRA Awards Committee shall make its recommendations to the KRA Board of Directors for approval. Award winners shall be given a maximum of $1,500 toward college research.

All sections of this form must be completed.  Incomplete applications will NOT be considered or reviewed by the Awards Committee.

.PDF, .doc, .docx, and .txt formats are accepted. Please limit file size to 2MB or less. After selecting your file please click the upload button.

Membership to the Kentucky Reading Association is required to apply for this grant.
You can join or renew your membership here.