2019 NCACES Research Grant Awards
Call for Proposals
DEADLINE 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Friday June 28, 2019

Questions? Please email Dr. Jennifer Cook, NCACES President-Elect and Research Grant Awards Chair: jennifer.cook@marquette.edu

Purpose: The purpose for this call for proposals is to fund studies that increase understanding of the counselor education profession (including research, teaching, supervision, leadership and advocacy). Research grant awards will be presented at the business meeting at the NCACES regional meeting at the national ACES Conference, in Seattle, Washington (October 10-13).

Descriptions and information about the awards is located below and here:

Submissions of award applications will be through an online portal located here:

Who May Apply:
The competition is open to both professional and student members of NCACES. The primary investigator must be a NCACES member in good standing at the time the application is submitted. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) one proposal only. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of multiple research teams) will not be accepted.

How do I know if I’m an NCACES member? Log into your ACA account (www.counseling.org) and click on, “My ACA.” Click on “Print out membership card and receipt.” At the bottom of the page, you will see “North Central ACES” if you are a NCACES member. If you need to join NCACES, please call ACA directly. You can add an ACES membership from the ACA website, but you cannot add a regional membership.

A. Student (Masters or Doctoral)
B. Teams
• Student Teams
• Student and Faculty Teams
• Faculty Teams
C. Practitioner/Professional/Faculty

Recommended Proposal Outline: Proposals must include the following headings:
Ethical considerations
Distribution of Results

Required Proposal Format:
• Typed in 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, with one-inch margins.
• The Proposal document may be a maximum of four pages. Attachments submitted as part of the proposal beyond the 4 page limit will not be reviewed by the committee.
• The “blind” title page and the title page with author identification do not count in the 4 page maximum
• References are in addition to the 4 page limit.
• Submitted documents must be in EITHER Microsoft Word or PDF. NO OTHER FORMAT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Deadlines and Reminders

Deadline for Submission: The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Friday June 28, 2019

Applicants will be notified
on or before September 1 as to the status of their submissions.

Research grant awards will be presented at the NCACES business meeting during the National ACES Conference in Seattle, WA (October 10-13). Awardees should be available to receive their award OR designate a representative to attend to receive the award.

Amount of Funding: The research awards committee and NCACES will allocate funds based on the number of and level of excellence of research award proposals. Awards can be funded up to the amount of $750, and lesser amounts may be awarded.

Deadline for Claiming Research Awards: Individuals and teams MUST have completed IRB/Human Subjects Review AND claimed their award by May 1, 2020. NO MONIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AFTER THAT TIME.

Research Award Submissions
Research award proposal submissions occur in a two stage process. Proposals must be submitted via the process below. Faxed and mailed “hard” copies of proposals will not be considered. Proposals containing any identifying information outside of the title page will not be considered. PLEASE double check your document for identifying researcher or university identifiers.

1. Completion of the online form which requires individual researcher and team researcher(s) contact information, principal investigator ACA/ACES/NCACES membership number (please ensure you are a NCACES member on the ACA website prior to submission), budget information, and a statement as to the planned distribution of results. Link to the online form is here: http://ncaces.org/Awards/Research/rsubmit/

2.Submitting the research proposal either via uploading on the online form OR directly emailed to Dr. Jennifer Cook, NCACES President-Elect and Chair of the Research Awards Committee at: jennifer.cook@marquette.edu

MS Word or PDF which includes IN THIS ORDER:
• A title page with the TITLE of the proposal only (the “blind” title page)
• A title page with the title and author identification
• The proposal document (4 page maximum not including the title pages and the references)

You will receive an email receipt confirming your submission.

Application Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria: Research proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers using the following criteria:

Qualifications of the Researcher: The researcher is a regular member or student member of ACES and NCACES, and the researcher has submitted only one proposal for funding in this year’s grant program.

Quality of the Proposed Research:
•Proposed topic is within the scope of Counselor Education and Supervision (20 points possible)
•Relevance of research to Counselor Education & Supervision as evidenced by the literature review (25 points possible)
•Research Methodology (i.e. the methodology proposed follows accepted practice for research of that kind) (25 points possible)
•Applicable ethical standards for research with human subjects (15 points possible)

Financial Need-Budget:
•Clear, itemized, and research-focused budget (10 points possible): The budget for the research project seems sound given the nature and scope of the proposed project (only the expenses budgeted for the actual conducting of the study will be considered; travel or presentation expenses will not be considered), and the project is not substantially supported by any other funding source (budget statements must include a statement of other funds being used to support the project). This grant is not eligible for institutional “indirects.”

•Funds may not be used for time compensation, including GA work, unless you provide the “employee” with a 1099 Form submitted to the IRS, so that they are taxed appropriately. The budget may include payment for time if the recipient (e.g., transcription company, statistical consultant) accounts for the self-employment or business income and provides a receipt. Receipts must be maintained by the Primary Researcher and made available should ACES request the records.

•If you are selected to receive a grant, the primary researcher will be required to submit a social security number or tax ID number to receive the funds because some research funds (typically, funds over $600) are subject to tax by the IRS.

Distribution of Results:
A clear, feasible, and appropriate plan for distribution of research findings (5 points possible). As a condition of the acceptance of the grant award, the researcher is required to complete one of the following by October 30th of the next academic year after receiving your award:
•Provide a copy of the proposal to present the research results as a poster session at the ACA Conference or ACES National Conference;
•Provide a copy of the proposal to present the research results as an education session at the ACA Conference or ACES National Conference;
•Provide to the Research Grant Committee Chair a copy of the manuscript of the research results that has been submitted to a refereed journal for publication consideration.

e. “Acknowledgment of Support” Agreement: The researcher will include an acknowledgment of NCACES financial support of the project in all reports, presentations, or publications related to the supported project.