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Application stage two: Full application (if invited)

Stage two: Full application (due April 13, 2020)

Please submit the following:

  1. Application form with appropriate signatures (pdf) (editable form)
  2. Project summary (see below for instructions)
  3. Budget request form (pdf) (Excel document), completed in collaboration with your departmental accountant
    Note: if the grant proposal includes a Research Assistant, we strongly recommend that applicants use our budget development worksheet before completing the budget request form. There is no need to submit the worksheet with the application.
  4. If the proposed research involves human subjects as defined by the federal regulations, please provide a copy of approved or pending Institutional Review Board approval or determination. The Principal Investigator is responsible for obtaining IRB approval or a determination that the study does not meet the definition of human research. Further information can be found in the Investigator Manual (HRP-103)

Submissions may be made via one of the following modes:

By mail: ISW Grants Program, Center for Writing, 10 Nicholson Hall, University of Minnesota, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

By fax: 612.626.7580

By email: (subject line: ISW Grant Submission)

Project summary

Respond to each of the items below. Head each section with the numbered section as written here.

Part 1: Background and research question(s)

Introduce the educational need or research gap that you have identified, and briefly describe how the project that you have devised will address that need or gap. In the process, engage with relevant literature in your field(s) and/or in writing studies, education, or composition. Close by articulating your research question(s).

Part 2: Project description

Describe your project. Please include...

  • proposed method(s) to address your research question(s)
  • timetable for the project
  • if applicable, rationale for involving a Research Assistant, and an explanation of how the RA’s roles and responsibilities advance that RA's professional development
  • detailed budget, including estimated hours and hourly rates for the RA, if applicable

Part 3: Significance and plans for sharing results

In this section, please address...

  • how your project contributes to a larger understanding of big questions about writing pedagogy and practice (for example, you might discuss whichever of the following "big questions" is most relevant to your project: In what ways does writing support student learning in and across the disciplines? When we teach with writing, where do theory and practice collide? As we conceive of “writing” much more broadly than just words on paper, in what new ways does writing foster learning? How might we teach writing in ways that interrupt or eliminate systemic barriers to students’ full, equitable participation in and across disciplines?).
  • who will be the intended audience for your results, and what your plans are for sharing those results with a wider audience (e.g., specific departmental or college-wide events, targeted journals, relevant conferences, etc.).

Examples and selection critera

Click here for examples (in PDF form) of project summaries from past successful ISW grant proposals. The current selection criteria are on the Research grants page.

Support during the application process

Katie Levin is available to consult with potential or actual applicants at any time during the process. Reach her at or at 612.624.7720.