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2021 RPC Research Grant



The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to promote research, and each year the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $2,000.00 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, or 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 https://tinyurl.com/RPCgrant2021
  • A Research Proposal:
    • The online form will ask you to provide:

      • a summary of the project

      • the objectives of the research

      • a brief literature review

      • the detailed methodology that will be used 

      • 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. Preference will be given to proposals that provide detailed methodology.  In the time of COVID-19, please be thoughtful about how to incorporate health and safety protocols into your proposed methodology.  The committee conducts a blind review of each application as-is, and will not ask for further clarifications.
  • Budget Information. ‚ÄčIn 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 February 5, 2021. 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 in May 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 - February 5, 2021
Award Announcement - March 2021
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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