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The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to promote research, and each year the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $2000.00 to support and encourage research projects proposed by ALAO members. Both ongoing and new research projects are considered. Grants are intended to help in funding such incremental research costs as the organization of data, the hiring of interviewers or other assistants, charges for computer time, and modest travel costs associated with research. Grants may not be used for purchase of equipment. Grants are limited to investigations related to issues in libraries, librarianship, and information science and technology.

**NOTE**: You must be a current member of ALAO in order to apply for the research grant.


Include the following in your application:

  • ALAO Research Grant Application, completed at
  • A Research Proposal. The ​online ​form ​will ​ask ​you ​to ​complete ​a ​summary ​of ​the ​project, the ​objectives ​of ​the ​research, ​a ​brief ​literature ​review, ​the ​methodology ​that ​will ​be ​used, and ​a ​project ​timeline. ​Avoid ​the ​use ​of ​acronyms ​and ​jargon ​without ​appropriate ​reference to ​full ​names ​and ​definitions. ​Please ​be ​clear ​and ​complete ​with ​your ​proposal. ​The committee ​evaluates ​each ​application ​as-is, ​and ​will ​not ​ask ​for ​further ​clarifications.
  • Budget Information. ​In ​the ​online ​form, ​briefly ​list ​the ​projected ​expenses ​for ​the ​project. Consider ​all ​direct ​and ​indirect ​costs, ​such ​as ​staff ​time, ​printing ​and ​postage, ​supplies, ​and services ​required ​to ​complete ​the ​work. ​Note ​any ​other ​anticipated ​sources ​of ​support ​for the ​project ​and ​include ​supporting ​evidence ​(i.e., ​a ​letter ​from ​your ​institution). ​Clearly identify ​which ​expenditures ​will ​be ​met ​by ​ALAO ​Research ​Grant ​funds.
  • A current curriculum vitae from the named applicant(s). In the online form, attach a current CV for all applicants listed on the grant proposal.


Fill out the application form. Be sure to upload your curriculum vitae, budget sheet, and any other supporting documentation within the form.

All items must be received or postmarked no later than January 20, 2018. All applicants will be notified by e-mail when complete applications are on file.



Proposals are considered by the Committee in consultation with the ALAO Executive Board. To avoid a conflict of interest, current members of the Committee are not eligible for grant awards. Further, no member of the Research and Publications Committee evaluates proposals received from a colleague at the Committee member's institution.  In judging proposals, the Committee considers such matters as the uniqueness of the work, the importance of the results to academic libraries, relationship to other similar work, proposed methodology, and the clarity and completeness of the proposal itself. Preference will be given to projects which are to be completed in less than two years. Applicants may be asked to provide further information during the review process.


Grant recipients will be notified by the Chairperson of the Committee by March 15th of the award year. Any award(s) will be announced at both the ALAO Annual Conference and in the ALAO Newsletter. Recipients are not required to attend the annual conference in order to receive the grant. The grantee will submit a summary of the results of the project to the ALAO Research and Publications Committee within two months of completing the work. The Committee will submit the summary or an abstract of the report for publication in the ALAO Newsletter. The Committee also encourages grantees to submit reports and articles for publication in the professional literature.


Deadline for Application - January 20, 2018

Award Announcement - March 2018

Distribution of Award - TBA


Contact the Chairs of the Research and Publications Committee.
Return to the Research and Publications Committee Page.
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