Call for Proposals 2023


Temporary Suspension of GSIRI for the 2023-2024 Academic Year


Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are temporarily suspending the GSIRI Grant Initiative for the 2023-2024 academic year. This was not an easy decision, as we recognize the significance of this funding opportunity for EHE graduate students.

Next Steps

Although we won’t be accepting applications for this academic year, we encourage interested students to continue their research efforts and remain engaged with GSIRI. We are optimistic about resuming our grant initiative for the 2024-2025 academic year. If you have any questions, please reach out to



        Call for Proposals (pdf)     




          Budget Template       


        Final Report Template   


Deadline for Submissions:

TBA: Submit an overview of your research idea to GSIRI’s website. Idea submission is required for your proposal to be considered. Ideas will be posted on the GSIRI website so that students with similar interests can connect with you to explore the possibility of working on your research team. Providing a platform for student-to-student research connection and collaboration is a central aim of the GSIRI concept, and consequently we will not consider proposals that do not participate in this step of the GSIRI process. 

TBA: Full proposals are due by 11:59 PM EST in the form of a single PDF file containing all application materials (described below). 

Funding Announcements: Awardees will be informed by late November. The funding period will run from December 1st, 2023 to November 30th, 2024.

Overview: This is a one-year commitment. Each proposal must include a team of no less than two graduate researchers from different disciplines or sub-disciplines in EHE and one faculty member. This faculty member will serve as the principal investigator for the research and provide guidance and support to the research team. Their responsibilities include connecting the team to needed resources, monitoring their progress, and helping the team reach their research goals. A final report is expected within four weeks of completion of the project. 

If needed, the Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC) can support GSIRI teams by connecting them to potential faculty members who possess interest or expertise in the proposed research area. Furthermore, each team’s faculty member will be expected to oversee the research team’s training in practical research skills like budgeting, data management, and timeline generation. This will ensure the research team possesses the skills needed to engage in distributed research in an independent manner.

The graduate student research team will present the findings of their GSIRI grant project at the annual EHE Research Forum. Furthermore, the graduate student team is encouraged to present their research findings in either a professional academic conference, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, or both. Such outcomes of the investment are aligned with the EHE Strategic Plan to promote original research and to build a better scholarly-based community within the College.

Funding available: A total of $10,000 in awards will be available each year.

Proposal Format: Proposals should be single-spaced, in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, with 0.5-inch margins on all sides and must comply with APA (6th Edition) style guidelines.

The title page of the application should contain the following:

  1. Title of project
  2. Faculty Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators
  3. Departments, program areas, titles, and contact information of all team members

The body of the application should include the following:

  1. Specific Aims. Objectives and significance of project. (1 page)
  2. Approach. Justification for the study, innovation, study design, and analysis plan. (3 pages)
  3. Interdisciplinary Nature. A detailed summary of the interdisciplinary approach proposed. GSIRI funding is allocated for proposals that are interdisciplinary and involve graduate student teams from within and across EHE. Applications that are particularly innovative and creative in their collaboration will be scored higher than those that are not. In essence, GSIRI envisions interdisciplinary research teams to fully integrate knowledge, techniques, and expertise from multiple disciplines within diverse fields across EHE. (1 page)
  4. Communication Plan. Delineate regular meeting times between all team members, including the frequency of meetings and location. (1 page)
  5. Researcher Roles. Clearly define the roles of each member of the research team and describe their expected contributions to the research project. (3 pages)
  6. Project Timeline. Timetable for planning and implementation. (1 page)
  7. Budget Proposal. Detailed budget proposal, including operating costs as well as narrative justification. Please note that recurring costs will not be funded. The committee will review all budgets and suggest revisions as necessary prior to funding. Applicants are encouraged to confer with Grants Development Specialists Michael Moses ( or Ann Smith ( for guidance on allowable/disallowable budget costs. All grant disbursements and/or reimbursements must meet OSU Purchasing guidelines. (2 pages)
    1. Allowable Costs
      • Participation incentives
      • Travel to and lodging at research sites (continental US only)
      • Data analysis software and transcription services
    2. Disallowable Costs
      • Personnel costs except those outlined above
      • Faculty salaries or graduate student stipends
      • Conference travel cost

Final Report: A final report is expected within four weeks of completion of the project. The final research report should highlight the research process and findings. Although there are no specifications on the format, we suggest including the following components:

  1. A summary of the research activities conducted (the research questions, a summary of methodological procedures to investigate the research question, and the analysis plan to interpret collected data)
  2. An overview of your major findings.
  3. How your findings have been put into practice, disseminated, or positioned to have an impact upon the populations or structures they aim to influence. This can include future plans as well as executed activities.
  4. A reflection in written or video format, by the team or by each individual, on how the interdisciplinary research you have collectively conducted has stimulated your learning and professional development, if at all.
  5. Recommendations on how the GSIRI Team can better support graduate-student-led interdisciplinary research across EHE.