CHEE Faculty Research Grant

CHEE Faculty Research Grant

As part of our commitment to research and innovation, we are pleased to announce the 2nd year of our Faculty Research Grant program, which is designed to support 1- or 2-year research projects conducted by Ohio State faculty members that generate distinctive insights about or related to college student success.

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About The CHEE Faculty Research Grant×

The Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the important role postsecondary education plays in global society; especially the vital roles and responsibilities of public, land-grant universities. CHEE primary activities include research and outreach aimed at ensuring student success by increasing access, restoring affordability, fostering engagement, and achieving inclusive excellence.

As part of our commitment to research and innovation, we are pleased to announce the 2nd year of our Faculty Research Grant program, which is designed to support 1- or 2-year research projects conducted by Ohio State faculty members that generate distinctive insights about or related to college student success. Specifically, we invite research proposals that advance what we know, what we can do, and #WhatWorks to ensure student success in higher education at any and all levels.

Applications are encouraged from a wide-range of fields and disciplines, including but not limited to: education, sociology, psychology, public affairs, social work, professional fields, and gender and sexuality studies, to name a few. Research proposals that involve training students and early career professionals in the ethical conduct of scientific research relating to CHEE’s four priority areas (access, affordability, engagement, excellence) are strongly encouraged. CHEE has an abiding commitment to the training and development of undergraduate/graduate students in research, engaged scholarship, and academic outreach.

Criteria Selection×

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Evidence that the research project will make a distinctive contribution to existing research, policy, and/or practice;
• Proposed research project has a clear focus on or link to college student success;
• Feasibility of the research project given resources, timeline, and scope of work;
• Overall clarity and quality of proposal;
• Appropriateness of budget and budget justification.

Review Process:
Grant proposals will be evaluated by an internal committee using a double-blind approach and the criteria noted above. All personally identifiable information will be removed from proposals prior to review.

Awards and Eligibility×

Several awards may be made per grant cycle; research grants will be awarded up to $5,000 for 1- or 2-year research projects. Indirect costs and overhead may not be applied to this award.

All tenure track or tenured faculty members at The Ohio State University are eligible and encouraged to apply for this award. Adjunct and other part-time faculty may be eligible for this award.

Application Materials×

Application materials must include the following format (maximum shown in parentheses)

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Project Narrative (5 pages)
  3. Project Budget (2 pages)
  4. Reference List
  5. Proposed Timeline (1 page)

1. Cover Letter:

  • Title of Proposed Research Study
  • Investigators
  • Contact Information

2. Project Narrative: (In no more than 5 double-spaced pages)

  • Goals and Objectives of the Study: Including hypotheses or research questions (if applicable)
  • Significance of Study
  • Relevant Background and Brief Literature Review
  • Approach/Methods and Procedures
  • Broader Impacts: At least 1 paragraph that identifies the potential of the proposed project activities to benefit educational practice and/or the broader society, beyond scientific knowledge.
    Examples include but are not limited to: broadening participation for historically underrepresented or otherwise vulnerable populations; innovative and distinctive strategies for dissemination of results; and enhancing infrastructure by cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships

3. Project Budget: (In no more than 2 pages)

  • Itemized Budget (Including all costs. e.g., materials, supplies, transcripts, instruments, technology)
    Only include direct costs associated with conducting the research study. No indirect costs may be charged.
  • Justification of all items in the budget.

4. References: References should be formatted in accordance to your disciplinary standards.

5. Project Timeline: In no more than 1 page, provide a detailed summary of the timeline for the study with February 1, 2017 as start date of initial activities (e.g., IRB, fund transfer).

Submission Information×

Proposals must be submitted in portable document file (PDF) format to:
Subject line should include, “CHEE Faculty Research Grant.”
Documents should be single-spaced (with the exception of the project narrative) using at least 10-point standard font (e.g., Times, Arial) with 1-inch margins. Footnotes and endnotes are permitted but should be included in page limits.

**UPDATED** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 1, 2017 at 11:59PM EST


For questions, contact Brittney Paxton at

Past Recipients×

2015 CHEE Faculty Research Grant Recipients

Dr. Elaine Richardson
Professor of Literacy Studies; Education and Human Ecology

Struggle for Postsecondary Education Among Poor Black Working Single Moms and Their Daughters

Growing out of a larger study of critical literacy among Black middle school girls in under-resourced community and after school context, this work interviews working poor single moms, some of them college students, without adequate access to childcare, whom must resort to enlisting their daughters as caretakers of younger siblings, which undermines their academics and extracurricular activities (Crenshaw et. al., 2015; Black Girls Matter). The work seeks to understand structural issues impeding Black women and girls from the full range of educational opportunities and choices that should be afforded to them as citizens in a democratic society.

Dr. Melissa Jungers
Associate Dean, Associate Professor; Department of Psychology, OSU Newark

Jamie White
Retention Coordinator, OSU Newark

Identifying the Barriers of Immigrant ESL Students at Ohio State Newark and Overcoming Them Together: A Mixed Methods Approach

Immigrant English as Second Language (ESL) students make-up 3.3% of the overall student population at Ohio State Newark in Autumn 2015. ESL students face unique challenges at college, but they are underserved due to limited resources. This study focuses on identifying academic an social needs of ESL Focus groups with current ESL students will identify common themes and challenges. Historical data will be analyzed to trace the academic success and retention of past students. The data will inform decisions about high impact practices to improve the success of ESL students.