College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
CEBS Quick Turn-Around Grants
Quick Turn-Around Grants are small grants of up to $3,000 for research and creative activity, funded by Facilities & Administrative costs accrued through the external grant process. These funds are provided to support critical and immediate needs, and are intended to be spent within three months of being awarded.
Examples of QTAG activities are travel to conduct research at an archive, costs associated with shipping artwork for an exhibit, purchase of lab supplies to further existing research, and/or costs associated with mailed survey materials.
Funds may be used to support research assistant(s), materials and supplies, travel/shipping/other expenses to conduct research/creative activity, or the dissemination of research/creative activity. Requests for conference travel will only be approved in exceptional circumstances (e.g., conference attendance facilitates future or ongoing research endeavors described in the QTAG application).
Additionally, requests for conference travel must include a copy of the program, or other evidence, clearly indicating your attendance at the conference will include disseminating research or creative activity. This might also include participation in a panel; a scheduled workshop; an exhibition, or similar venue.
Requests must be submitted by the last day of the month preceding the month in which the funds are needed. The QTAG Committee uses a blind review process. Applicants who wish to further ensure anonymity are welcome to mask potentially identifying information in their applications (e.g., names of collaborators or partner institutions). The QTAG Committee will review each application and forward their recommendation to the Dean for approval. Awards decisions will be made by the 15th of the following month and communicated to the recipients as soon as possible following the final decision. QTAG awards must be spent within 90 days of the award date. Faculty may only receive one QTAG award per academic year and may not receive more than one QTAG award in consecutive semesters (e.g., a Fall 2015 awardee must wait until Fall 2016 to reapply). Unsuccessful applications may be revised and resubmitted for subsequent funding cycles.
Applications must contain the following in order to be considered for funding:
- A plan for disseminating the results of the funded work. In the case of funding requests solely for conference travel, a plan for further dissemination (e.g., a plan to publish in a specific journal) is required. Faculty who receive QTAG funding solely for conference travel must also complete the Impact Analysis Form upon their return and submit it with the Final Report Form.
- A copy of the conference program or letter of acceptance from the conference program chair, if requesting conference travel funds.
- A line-item budget justification. For travel funding requests, the budget must include documentation of travel costs (e.g., per diem based on rates based on the standard rates https://www.wku.edu/finadmin/travel/, screenshots of conference registration fees, hotel costs, airline ticket costs, and/or rental car costs)
Email any supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org referencing your name and the submission of an electronic QTAG request. In your application, be sure to list all supporting documents submitted. Please note - If the project involves human subjects, animal subjects, export control issues, rDNA/RGZ microbe, or bio-hazards, appropriate institutional approval(s) must be obtained before the project begins and funds are spent. Contact the Office of Research Integrity at email@example.com for further information or visit http://www.wku.edu/compliance/.