Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible?

A. The Primary Investigator must be a full-time faculty member (tenure, tenure-track, non-tenure track, and research faculty) at Case Western Reserve University. Preference will be given to tenured and tenure-track Faculty Associates of the Schubert Center. If you are interested in becoming a Faculty Associate please contact schubertcenter@case.edu.

Can funding be extended past the 12-month period?

A. The Office of Research and Technology Management is administering the funds. It is a strict end date.

Are there any formatting requirements for the proposals?

A. No. However, we ask that font not be smaller than 11-pt.

Are references included in the 2-page limit for the proposal? 

A. No. References can be submitted as a separate page.

Can this funding be used to extend a current project (even if a pilot project)?

A. This funding should not extend a current project. The research question needs to be distinct from the current project but can be related.

What do you mean by “Mental Health and Well-being”?

A. Research questions can focus on mental illness, intellectual disability and mental functions to qualify under the Mental Health and Well-being category. Physical well-being alone cannot be the focus. Please email schubertcenter@case.edu if you would like to discuss whether your specific research question would qualify.

What do you mean by “Education”?

A. Research questions can focus on informal education, formal education systems, access to education, etc. Please email schubertcenter@case.edu if you would like to discuss whether your specific research question would qualify.

What do you mean by “Values in Childhood”?

A. Language from the funding endowment states, “Typical values would be intellectual honesty, sense of obligation to law and order and understanding of justice, love of freedom and its basis of rationality and responsibility, self-respect and respect of others, consideration for natural resources, the dignity of labor and value of work, individual initiative, cooperation, courage, humility, kindness, tolerance, sympathy and devotion to truth.” Please email schubertcenter@case.edu if you would like to discuss whether your specific research question would qualify.

Can proposals cover multiple focus areas?

A. Absolutely! While only one area needs to be met, meeting multiple is permitted.

What should a community collaboration look like?

A. The goal is for this to be a mutually beneficial relationship. Collaborating organizations can be large or small (grassroots). Research should be focused on a mutually interesting question. It can assist in program evaluation for improving practice and policies.

Will the relationship length of time impact the scoring of my proposal?

A. The goal includes promoting future collaborations with other departments or community organizations/entities. If a current relationship is strong and shows potential for continuing to grow, tell us! If the relationship with the department/organization/entity is new but has potential for future projects and growth, tell us that too!

I want to partner with a community entity, but I am not connected to them. Can you help?

A. We are happy to help identify entities and organizations to the best of our ability but we cannot guarantee any results of those connections. Email schubertcenter@case.edu for assistance.