The narrative pages (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages including budget and abstract pages but excluding appendix) must include the following:
A concise title and an abstract (approximately 200 words) of proposed project. The abstract, headed by the title of the project, should be informative to other researchers in the same field, but in language that can be understood by an intelligent layman. Applicants should keep in mind that the abstract is the reviewer's introduction to the proposed project.
The body of the work contains the detailed statement of the work plan. The following information should be included:
- Problem Statement - The applicant should clearly and concisely describe the problem to be addressed and rationale for pursuing the project. The section should include at minimum, a brief literature review and include a list of references at the end of the narrative section.
- Objective - The applicant should list the hypotheses or objectives to be pursued. Objectives should flow logically from the Problem Statement and be empirically testable if appropriate.
- Methods - The methods should address each objective, hypothesis, or research question. They should be technically sound and feasible. The applicant should provide adequate descriptions of the process for collecting and analyzing information.
Applicants should discuss plans for disseminating and using the results of the proposed work, e.g., publications, convention presentations (in addition to the presentation required at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Scholarship Day).
A COMPLETED, ITEMIZED BUDGET SUMMARY FORM (pages 9 & 10 of this document) and a separate expense justification page MUST BE SUBMITTED. The Committee carefully evaluates the budget justification in order to determine if the amount of the request is consistent with objectives of the proposal. All budget items must be carefully delineated and justified, as the budget is a significant factor in evaluating the fundability of the entire proposal.
Where applicable, a description of available facilities and major items of equipment especially suited to the proposed research should be provided. Budgets with itemized listings may be cut if the Committee feels the amount for a particular item is excessive or if supplies already exist on campus. Budgets may be reduced by the Committee if monies are requested without justification.
Recommendations concerning the disposition of all proposals are submitted by the Committee to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences for final approval.
The student can begin work once officially notified in writing that the grant has been funded.
Each recipient of funding through this program is to submit a report by July 1. Submission of a FINAL REPORT on the project is mandatory. Purchases of equipment, books, and other materials are the property of Southeastern Louisiana University and remain the property of SLU when recipients leave the University.
The supervising professor of the funding recipient acts as the budget unit head and will be able to sign off on expense forms. However, for transfer of funds, the approval of the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is necessary. A Budget Adjustment Request Form is to be filled out by the supervising professor and delivered to Room326 ofthe New Biology Building. If the transfer is approved, it will be forwarded to the Budget Office; if it is not approved, it will be returned to the supervising professor.
The grant recipient should be aware that all funds must be
encumbered by April 5, and must be ordered in enough time to insure
that all items are received by April 15. Requisitions that are
received too late to insure delivery by April 15 will not be
processed and will be returned to the supervising professor. The
Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be
responsible for the disposition of any remaining funds.