Grant Program FAQs

Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions about the AIR grant programs.
Submitting a Proposal
Q: Who is eligible to submit a Research Grant proposal?
A: Institutional researchers, faculty, and other higher-education professionals affiliated with a U.S. postsecondary institution, U.S. government agency, public or private policy research organization, or foreign institution working cooperatively with a U.S. institution may initiate proposals.

Unaffiliated individuals may be eligible to submit a proposal, but should contact the AIR Grant Staff at 850-385-4155  x200 before submitting a proposal.
Q: Who is eligible to submit a Dissertation Grant proposal?
A: Dissertation grants are intended to support one year of research conducted as part of the doctoral dissertation requirement and conducted under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor. The major portion of the research should be completed between June, 2015 and May, 2016. At the time of the application, the dissertation should be in the early stage of development.
Q: Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to submit a proposal for a grant?
A: All persons who are affiliated with a U.S. postsecondary institution or U.S. government agency, without regard to citizenship, are eligible to submit a proposal.
Q: How do I submit a proposal?
A: Proposals must be submitted using the online application.
Proposal Content
Q: Am I required to use a NCES or NSF dataset in my research project?
A: Yes. The list ​of applicable datasets are included in the proposal guidelines. You may use additional datasets, but at least one NCES or NSF dataset must be utilized.
Q: What types of purchases will grant funds cover?
A: Grant funds may be used for salary support, graduate assistant salaries, travel to conferences, dissemination of results, materials and supplies needed for the project, and computer software.
Q: May I purchase a computer with grant funds?
A: Grant funds can NOT be used to purchase computer hardware.
Proposal Review
Q: Who reviews my proposal?
A: Proposals are reviewed by an anonymous panel of national experts in the field of higher education.
Q: When will I find out the status of my proposal?
A: All applicants will be notified of funding decisions on May 4, 2015.
Awarded Grants
Q: How much time do I have to conduct my project?
A: The major portion of the research should be completed between June 2015 and May 2016. Grant recipients are expected to present their research at the AIR Forum, May 30-June 3, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. 
Q: What happens if I cannot complete my project on time?
A: Grantees may request a one-time extension on the expiration date of the grant for up to 2 months with no additional funding. Additional time beyond the established expiration date is available to assure adequate completion of the original scope of work within the original budget. Requests for a no-cost extension should be made to and should contain a revised completion date.