American Forensic Association Archival Research Grant

The purpose of Archival Research Grant is to support research in forensics and to promote the use of the AFA Archives at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The AFA will award grants of up to $750.00 The Archival Research Grant is awarded competitively and funded by the American Forensic Association upon the recommendation of the Research Committee.

Funding for the grant is contingent upon availability of funding.


I.        Eligibility:

1.       Proposals must follow the specified format. Each criterion must be covered as listed in the Proposal Guidelines. Proposals that do not adhere to formatting requirements or other proposal guidelines will be returned without review.

2.       The Archival Research Grant Proposals from multiple applicants will be accepted for consideration. Proposals from multiple applicants should designate a primary contact for accounting purposes.

3.       All members of the American Forensic Association are eligible to apply.

4.       Persons who have received an Archival Research Grant within the past four years are not eligible to apply.

5.       Only one proposal per person will be accepted for consideration in each application period.

6.       The Archival Research Grant may be used in conjunction with other research grants including grant funded by the American Forensic Association.

7.       Applicants must specify a two-week period in which they will utilize the AFA Archives on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.


II.      Deadline:

1.       Applications for the Archival Research Grant will be reviewed as they are received by the Research Committee of the AFA with final decisions to be determined no later than the November meeting of the National Communication Association.

2.       Electronically sent proposals must be sent to the Chair of the AFA Research Committee by 5:00 PM on the day of the deadline.

3.       Hard copies must be postmarked by the day of the deadline.

4.       It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by the Research Committee Chair.


III.   Review Process:


1.       All Archival Research Grant proposals will be reviewed by the AFA Research Committee. At the Annual Meeting of the Committee at the National Communication Association, recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the AFA for final approval.

2.       Although the Archival Research Grant specifically supports research in forensics, this is a broad subject can be addressed from a number of perspectives and using a number of methods. Because all reviewers may not be familiar with the approach taken by the researcher, please use language and terminology that are clear and understandable to the widest possible range of persons in the discipline.

IV.    Responsible Conduct of Research:

1.       Projects based on research involving human subjects must have been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or similar body of the lead researcher's institution.

V.      Post Award Information:

1.       Whenever possible, publications (including programs or advertisements for creative projects) resulting from the Archival Research Grant must acknowledge support from the AFA.

2.       A final written report must be submitted to the Chair of the Research Committee of the AFA no later than September 30 following the project award. That report, including copies of conference papers, publications, etc. will be stored in the AFA Archives at the University of Utah.

3.       Copies of manuscripts and submission letters based on the project should be submitted with the final report.

4.       Whenever possible, Archival Research Grant recipients should make themselves available to present their research on a panel dedicated to grant recipients at that Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association or the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Biennial Argumentation Conference at Alta.


VI.    Proposal Guidelines:


Each application must include the components listed below.

Archival Research Grant Application

1.       Application cover sheet. Provide your name and the title of your research study or project.

2.       Verification of Eligibility. Applicant should affirm that he or she is a member of the American Forensic Association

3.       An updated copy of the researcher(s) vitae

4.       Proposals should be no more than five (5) double-spaced pages (excluding coversheet, vitae, and bibliography). Each page shall be numbered, use a 12-point font, and one-inch margins. The proposal must address each of the following criteria in the order listed below, using the headings provided.

a.       Project Description: In a manner that can be understood by a diverse panel of reviewers, briefly summarize the completed research study or project and what you hope to accomplish during the research period. Include a detailed description of the expected outcome(s) such as journal article manuscripts, conference presentations, etc.

b.       Contribution to Field: Explain how your research study will contribute to the body of knowledge relative to forensics.

c.        Timetable: Give a detailed (i.e. clear, thorough, feasible, appropriate) description of activities to be completed during the two-week research period at the archives on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

d.       Use of Human Subjects or Animals: Attach approval from the IRB or other appropriate review board.

See attachment for sample proposal evaluation form.

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