Grant Program FAQs

The 2014 Proposal Process is closed.
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 September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015. 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: To qualify for funding the proposal submission must meet one or both of the following criteria;
  • Use data from one or more of the national NCES and/or NSF datasets.

  • Address the 2014 NPEC Focus Topic "Noncredit Instructional Activity at Postsecondary Institutions." A national taxonomy of definitions does not yet exist in the scope of noncredit activity, and a wide variety of educational activities could be encompassed in such a definition.  Though IPEDS does not currently collect data on noncredit enrollments or instructional activity, it does define noncredit activity as a course or activity having no credit applicable toward a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.  Because NCES has been advised that it would be unmanageable for institutions to exclude noncredit activity from the Finance and Human Resources components, revenues and expenses related to noncredit activity are included in the Finance component and instructional staff (faculty and non-faculty) tied to noncredit activity are included in the Human Resources data reported.  NPEC is interested in learning more about noncredit activity in postsecondary education to increase awareness of this important role that postsecondary institutions play as well as to help inform considerations for future IPEDS data collections and Research & Development work.  In light of this, grant proposals should focus on noncredit instructional activity at postsecondary institutions. Focus Topic Details
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 By August 1, 2014.
Awarded Grants
Q: How much time do I have to conduct my project?
A: The major portion of the research should be completed between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015. Grant recipients are expected to present their research at the AIR Forum, May 25-29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Final reports are due by October 29, 2015, 60 days after the end of the grant period.
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 12 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.