GRANT APPLICATION PROCEDURES
NAA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
A. The National Academy of Arbitrators Research and Education Foundation [NAA-REF] will accept
proposals for research and education grants seeking to foster one or more of the following
B. Proposal content & submission
Proposals for funding should be submitted by email in either MS Word or PDF with contact information.
Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Submit proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All proposals for funding should include the following information:
a. Include a complete specification of the research methodology to be used in the project. This
i. presenting a literature review with a complete bibliography that examines the prior research in the proposal's subject area;
ii. specifying the research questions to be investigated (including connecting these questions, where possible, to the findings from the prior research in this area), and specifying how the answers to these research questions will be useful to members of the workplace dispute resolution community (i.e., why these questions justify an investment of REF funds);
iii. specifying what kinds of data will be collected to answer the research questions, demonstrating how these data will provide useful answers, and the steps that have or will be taken to obtain access to the data;
iv. specifying how the project's data will be collected. For example, examination of archival records, such as existing arbitration awards, union and/or employer records of grievances filed and resolved, court rulings and opinions, etc.; interviews with relevant individuals; questionnaires submitted to relevant individuals; direct observations of the phenomena being studied (e.g., observing mediators at work); and so on;
v. specifying how the data will be analyzed, including a description of the statistical procedures or qualitative analytical tools to be used in the data analysis;
vi. specifying how the researchers will obtain ethics approval for the proposed research and preserve the confidentiality and privacy of respondents (if applicable).
In sum, this "full explanation" is the centerpiece of the proposal, and it should provide reviewers with a complete portrait of the proposed research design.
b. Additionally, include a description of the previous relevant research conducted by the applicant(s).
c. Upon completion of a research project, the investigators agree to provide a written report of their research and main findings to the NAA-REF. The NAA-REF reserves the right to publish all or parts of each research report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Arbitrators’ Annual Meeting. The researcher may be asked to present project findings at the spring or fall conference of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Any publications, for example in journals, must prominently reference the funding provided by the NAA-REF.
a. Include a specification of the following:
i. a detailed description of the education program and/or materials being developed;
ii. the need that the program and/or material will fill;
iii. the commitments obtained or to be obtained from authors, speakers, partners, collaborators or co-sponsors as applicable;
iv. the target audience for the project; and
v. the marketing plan to publicize the education program and/or educational
materials to the intended audience.
b. Upon completion of an education project, the applicant(s) agree to provide a written report of the project activities. Any program or conference handouts, publications, or other products resulting from the project must prominently reference the funding provided by the NAA-REF.
C. Review and Disposition
Proposals initially will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the President of the NAA-REF. Decisions on
grant applications will be made twice a year (in the late spring and late fall) at the semi-annual meetings of the
Board of Directors of the NAA-REF. Grant requests submitted by September 1 and April 1 will be considered
at the Fall and Spring meetings respectively.
Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other sources and the NAA-REF will consider financing
projects on a joint basis.
The following criteria will be relevant to the committee's review:
D. Permissible Grant Expenditures
* As a non-profit foundation whose funding relies on small individual donations by members and friends of the National Academy of Arbitrators, the NAA-REF is not in a position to offer overhead costs to universities or other organizations. In special circumstances, where a successful applicant establishes that he or she would be unable to accept the REF grant without some overhead support, the NAA-REF will pay up to a maximum of 10 percent of the grant amount as overhead. Before approaching the NAA-REF for overhead costs, a successful applicant is expected to demonstrate a bona fide attempt has been made to have usual overhead charges waived.
Effective as of: June 25, 2010