Faculty Research Grant

IWL Faculty Research Grant Call for Proposals

Application Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018


The Institute of World Languages invites proposals for the IWL Faculty Research Grant


Purpose of Faculty Research Grant


These grants will support faculty research on second language instruction or second language acquisition in any language. Any type of research that will add to knowledge about foreign or second language instruction or second language acquisition may be proposed, including Action Research.


Action Research is any systematic inquiry conducted by teachers in their own classroom environment to gather information about how they teach and how well their students learn. This information is gathered with the goals of gaining insights, developing reflective practice, effecting positive changes in the class environment, and improving student outcomes (Mills, 2003). (For more info, see: http://www.cal.org/resource-center/briefs-digests/digests (link is external).


Traditional empirical research proposals may be quantitative or qualitative, focusing on foreign language instruction and language development in a broader sense, beyond one’s own classroom environment,


Eligibility: All full-time tenure-track, tenured, or non-tenure track faculty (including lecturers) who are engaged in the teaching of any foreign or second languages at UVA are welcome to apply.



Awards: Funding may be requested for up to $3,000 for activities or expenses associated with the research project.  The award period is one year, from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.



Request for Proposals 

Submission Submit proposals via e-mail to both Professor Adrienne Ward (aw7h@virginia.edu (link sends e-mail)) and Professor Rachel Geer (rcg2s@virginia.edu) with “IWL Faculty Research Grant” in the subject line. 



Fund Restrictions: If award money is to be used for equipment, the equipment will belong to UVA for the lifetime of the equipment. This grant may not be used for travel to conferences.  


Term of Grant: Up to one year, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. 


Proposal Format: The proposal should be written in 12 point Times New Roman. It must be submitted as a single PDF that includes all the required information and documents. The PDF should have as a title the author’s name, department and type of grant (i.e., “Smith_Jane_Department_Travel”). Attach it to an email to the both committee members listed above with the subject line of the applicant’s last name, first name, department and kind of grant sought “travel Grant.” (i.e., “Smith_Jane_Department_Research”).


Please note that if you do not follow proposal guidelines, the proposal will not be considered for funding.



Proposal Length: Maximum 8 pages (excluding cover page, budget, budget justification, CV, and letter of support (optional). 


Deadline: April 13, 2018


Proposal Format 

1. Cover Page: the first page of the proposal should have the following information: 

· Title of Proposal –This should be informational (Action research- student responses to eportfolios)

· Dates of Proposed work 

· Name 

· E-mail and phone 

· U.Va. Department 

· U.Va. Status (job title) 

· Other Participants (list name, title and affiliation for each) 

2. Abstract: maximum 250 words. 

3. Goals: Present research questions guiding the project. 

4. Summary of background/ literature review: Explain the background to the proposal, including any previous relevant work that has been done and/or its relevance to a larger field of activity. 

5. Methodology: Provide the detailed plan for conducting the research, including clearly defined outcomes for action projects (measurable if relevant) and a timeline for the project work. 

6. Justification: Describe the significance of the study, the relevance of the proposed project to the overall mission of IWL, how it will benefit UVA, and why the IWL should fund it. 

7. Dissemination plans: presentation at an SLA Roundtable poster session,is required of all grant recipients. Please describe any other plans such as presentations or publication (in the appropriate journal, online on TeacherTalk, etc.) as relevant. 

8. Budget: In addition to the tabular budget, please include a narrative justification. 

Be aware that any award amount given and used for wages should include the Fringe Benefit portion of any employee and student wage (i.e., 0.06% of the wages). For example, if your proposed budget is $998.58, it will be $943 in wages and $56.58 in Fringe Benefit. Remember that any equipment purchased is the property of the University of Virginia.

9. CV: Provide a 2-page CV for each applicant on the project (longer CVs will not be accepted). 

10. Letter of Support (optional) 


Proposal Checklist: 

_____ 1. Cover Page 

_____ 2. Abstract 

_____ 3. Research Questions 

_____ 4. Background 

_____ 5. Methods

_____ 6. Justification 

_____ 7. Dissemination 

_____ 8. Budget 

_____ 9. CV 

_____ 10. Support letter (optional) 

Notification: Applicants will be notified of award decisions by May 15, 2018.


Criteria for evaluation: Proposals will be considered based on:

1.clarity of research question(s) or hypothesis to be tested,

2. strength of the project design,

3.feasibility of the action research project and/or potential benefit to the IWL community and the field at large


Questions: Any questions about eligibility or suitability of proposals may be directed to the Committee Chair, Professor Adrienne Ward (aw7h@virginia.edu (link sends e-mail)), and the Director of World Languages, Professor Miao-fen Tseng (mt3z@virginia.edu (link sends e-mail)).