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Application stage two: Full application (if invited)

Stage two: Full application (due 25 March, 2019)

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

  • project goals (what do you plan to investigate?)
  • proposed methodology to answer your research question(s)
  • if applicable, rationale for involving a Research Assistant, and an explanation of the RA’s roles and responsibilities
  • timetable for the project
  • detailed budget, including estimated hours and hourly rates for the RA, if applicable

Part 3: Relevance and plans for dissemination

In this section, please address the following two questions:

  • Explain how your project contributes to our understanding of how writing fosters learning in and across the disciplines. What are its implications for the way writing is taught and/or learned?
  • Specify the intended audience for your results and your plans for disseminating those results within the University of Minnesota and elsewhere (e.g., specific departmental or college-wide events, targeted journals, relevant conferences, etc.).


Click here for examples (in PDF form) of project summaries from past successful ISW grant proposals.

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.