The aim of the AALL Research and Resource Development Grants is to fund:
- institutional or cross-institutional research projects, and
- the production of professional development materials or other resources which could benefit AALL members.
Applications may propose a research project, or resource development, or a project that incorporates both research and resource development. Web-based materials which could be put on the Association’s website or circulated to ALL units are of particular interest.
Grant money can be used to:
- reimburse applicants for expenses incurred in conducting the project;
- reimburse applicants for justifiable travel and accommodation expenses associated with the project;
- pay for the services of non-AALL members (e.g. IT technicians, data analysts, research assistants).
Grant money cannot be used to pay AALL members a personal fee for services rendered, but could be used to pay an AALL member’s unit for their time.
Examples of research or resources the Association has previously funded are available on the AALL website.
Complete the application form provided and email it to Grant secretary.
The principal applicant for the grant must be a member of AALL, but non-members may be involved in the work supported by the grant.
Using the application form, your application should include:
- a clear and rational description of the project, its methodology and intended outcomes
- how your application addresses the AALL mission and one or several of its goals.
- a comprehensive literature review, a
- a detailed and realistic timeline, and
- a breakdown of the budget and justification of expenses to be incurred.
Additionally, you need to demonstrate why institutional funding cannot be sought for the activity.
- Grants can be made out to either the principal applicant’s Unit or to the applicant themselves.
- Receipts should be kept for all expenses being claimed for.
- For any resources produced, the AALL logo must be included with all promotional materials, together with a statement that the resource is supported by AALL. (An AALL logo can be obtained from the AALL Treasurer, OR from the AALL Public Officer)
- If any publications arise out of the activity funded by the grant, the support of AALL must be acknowledged and publication in either the Association’s journal or on its website should be considered when appropriate. For quality assurance purposes for AALL supported publications, it is expected that all publications will either be refereed before publication (as in the case of a journal article), or submitted in draft form to a panel of experts convened by the Association for editorial scrutiny and feedback for self-published materials.
- If a resource comprises any materials used by a paid presenter at a workshop or symposium, the copyright requirements of their materials need to be established.
Once the funded research or resource is completed:
- a report on the outcomes/achievements must be presented to the Committee of the Association (report link);
- this report must also include a reconciliation of all funds used and any unused portion of the grant must be returned to the Association.
If the project or activity will not be completed by the end of the calendar year in which funding was received, a brief interim report should be submitted outlining the current progress and expenditure of funds to date.
Grant applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the AALL Executive Committee and chaired by AALL President, according to the following criteria.