Small Research Grant (SRG): Information


The Small Research Grants (SRG) program fosters research activity by Gallaudet and Clerc Center faculty and staff, as well as University students, by supporting research projects that have small funding requirements and a duration of one year or less. Proposals can be made for studies on any topic of academic significance using any accepted research method. For student applications, a faculty advisor will have primary responsibility for ensuring the quality of the research project.


  • Up to $750 for undergraduate and graduate students proposing research that is undertaken as a course requirement (one grant per study)

  • Up to $2,500 for graduate students doing research as a degree requirement and/or for publication

  • Up to $2,500 for faculty and staff members doing research for an advanced degree

  • Up to $5,000 for faculty and staff members

Dissertations and pre-dissertations are considered separate projects and each one is eligible for up to $2,500.
Only one grant is provided per study or for closely related studies.




Funding is available for students, faculty, staff, and Clerc Center personnel. Only one award per study. Student research must be approved and overseen by a faculty member.  

Only one Principal Investigator per study. One faculty member may apply for funding of a study- if faculty or staff members seek to build a research team, they should consider applying for external funding. They may also consider applying for a Priority Research Fund grant (PRF) which can support multiple investigators and assistants.


The grant period runs from October 1 to September 30 (fiscal year.) All funds must be spent within the fiscal year that it is awarded (e.g., funds awarded in the spring or summer must be used by September 30 of the same year; funds awarded after October 1 must be used by September 30 of the following year). Whatever the date of the award, grantees must be sure to use up all of their approved SRG funds before September 30. (Applicants may consider delaying an application for approval until the start of the fiscal year if they would like more time to spend their funds.)


The deadline for SRG applications is May 15-however, SRG funds tend to run out by the end of the spring semester each year. Research Services strongly recommends that applications be submitted as early in the academic year as possible. To ensure that sufficient funding is available for SRG applicants who intend to use their funding during the summer (especially Ph.D candidates), Research Services recommends they apply by mid-March at the latest.


Reviewing a complete SRG study proposal may take up to one month; it may take longer if the researcher is asked by Research Services to respond to feedback on their proposal. Proposals are reviewed by experienced researchers at Gallaudet University. Proposals that involve international travel will need an additional month for paperwork to be processed.


Before students can apply, they must provide documentation that their faculty advisor has reviewed and approved their proposal. A student's faculty advisor is considered to have primary responsibility for ensuring the quality of the research.

Small Research Grant Funds CAN Be Used for:

  • Participant payments - $15-20 is a common participant compensation amount for about one hour of each participant's time. Compensation for short surveys that require less than one hour to complete should be lower.
  • Travel expenses for the purpose of collecting data (transportation, lodging, meals for NON-LOCAL travel). Budget requests must be specific and itemized for consideration of funding. 
  • Specialized supplies - All equipment items purchased with the grant are the property of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services at Gallaudet University. The assignment of equipment after completion of the project is negotiated by the the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services and the grantee's Department Chair.

Small Research Grant Funds CANNOT Be Used for:

  • Full cost of equipment, accessories, hardware, or software. 
  • Equipment such as an iPad or iPhone, computers, laptops, video recorders, voice recorders, or tripods.
  • Incentives/Incidentals.
  • Consumables (such as lab equipment, cleaning supplies, or office equipment).
  • Salaries, wages, stipends.
  • Course release time or sabbaticals.
  • Hiring students as assistants to students, unless pre-approved by the Coordinator of Research Services, SRG Review Panel, and the study meets criteria.
  • Hiring students as assistants to faculty, unless pre-approved by the Coordinator of Research Services, SRG Review Panel, and the study meets criteria.
  • Hiring of other Gallaudet University faculty or staff to act as research assistants or consultants. 
  • Cost of travel to present research findings at professional or school meetings.
  • Presentation and/or conference fees.
  • Cost of typing or preparing a manuscript.
  • Cost of publishing a research report.
  • Payment to specialists or technicians for completion of work customarily expected of the investigator.
  • Hiring others to do work for the investigator unless it is determined that a component of the study cannot be conducted by the investigator for a specific and justifiable reason (e.g., because of language, accessibility, or other limitations).
  • Training and curriculum development studies.
  • Costs for typing or editing a manuscript.
  • Out of pocket expenses incurred prior to the date of the grant award.



The hiring of student assistants under the SRG fund is generally not permitted. These small grants are intended to support individuals in conducting their own research study; therefore it is encouraged that the primary investigator, whether faculty, staff, or student, is fully engaged in the research activity. In general, engaging research assistants is not appropriate for the spirit or the dollar level of SRG funding.  

Nevertheless, on rare occasions, the use of SRG monies to hire students as research assistants to faculty or staff researchers may be considered and permitted.  The conditions for such approval include Research Services' judgment that:

  • The monies are being used for a distinct research study (not merely supporting an ongoing operation, work relationship or general research agenda);
  • The researcher has mastery of the field of study and as such offers students a unique opportunity to learn from the researcher;
  • Assurances are given that the student will substantially benefit from the relationship and participation in the research activity;
  • The inclusion of the student as co-­principal investigator or for the student to solely conduct the study by himself or herself is not appropriate.
  • The learning objectives for the student to be engaged in the study have been specified and the principal investigator agrees to assess the student's progress by the end of the study. Upon hiring student assistant, faculty and staff are required to develop an assessment of student learning.

Establishing learning objectives for students involved in research is required for faculty and staff to determine learning objectives for the student research assistant using the "General Inventory of Research Skills" (GIRS).

This determination must be done satisfactorily before a grant is awarded. In short, the researcher will specify the tasks that the students will do during the study and to identify what the student will learn about research. The response of the researcher to the task of adapting and applying the rubric on research learning will be used in Research Services' decision ­on funding.

After the grant is awarded, the learning objectives may be tailored to the individual student who is hired. The learning objectives become the baseline for later assessment of the student's progress in learning about research. Research Services requires that the researcher assess the student's progress afterwards, and report to them. In turn, Research Services will report on findings about students learning of research to the University's Office of Academic Quality.


Before beginning your application, please review the Small Research Grant Application page.

  1. Applicants must provide a signed SRG Application Cover Sheet. Please bring it to Dawes House, Room 206, or email a scanned copy to (and keep a backup copy).

  2. Online SRG Application.





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