Guidelines for Digital Media Grant Applications

Digital media is an area of rapid change and constant evolution. To be effective, research must continuously close the gaps in literature on digital media. In this current era of social networks, digital technology enables new communication opportunities and challenges between organizations and stakeholders. The goal of this call is to understand how it affects communication and how it will impact the future of public relations.

Visit the 2017 call for grant proposals page for more information.

Please include the following elements in your proposal:

Coversheet (1 page)

  • Title of the proposed project
  • Name of applicant(s)
  • Job title, position or affiliation, name of institution organization, and business
  • Email address and phone number
  • Contact information for the Office of Sponsored Research at your institution, including the name and email address of a point of contact
  • Subject area that best describes the focus of the proposal

Abstract (1 page)
A one page abstract or summary of the proposed project that includes the applicant’s name, university/college affiliation, business, and project title.

Narrative (up to 5 pages)
A description, not more than five pages, typed and double-spaced, of the proposed research, how it furthers the mission of the Page Center to foster ethics and responsibility in public communication, and how the applicants intend to share the results of the project. Appropriate appendices that support the proposed project may be included and should be no more than 10 pages long. Applicants may wish to attach an optional selected bibliography, up to two pages, of scholarly or other works, other than the applicant’s own, that place the project in its intellectual framework. Appendices and bibliographies should be included following the project narrative.

All projects will be expected to deliver the following items before the end of the grant period.

  • Original research project.
  • Blog post(s) describing findings from the study, to be published on the Page Center’s blog.
  • Other ideal deliverables include webinars, presentations to professionals (in non-conference setting), professional articles, keynote speeches, white papers, and other professionally-oriented communication.

Budget (1 page)

Using a spreadsheet or table, please list how the grant funding will be used. The grants may be used for legitimate scholarly purposes approved by the Center, such as field research, assistants, and the purchase of research materials. Awards may not be used to support any commercial purpose.

The Center does not allow the following costs:

  • Overhead, indirect or F&A costs
  • Release time or course buy-out
  • Any expenses to attend conferences
  • Publication costs

Where applicable, proposals should be processed through the Office of Sponsored Research of the applicant’s institution to avoid lengthy delays in awarding funds.

Budget Notes (1 page)
Include a separate document that lists the budget by line item, followed by a description of each line item explaining how the funding will be spent.

Curriculum Vitae or Professional Resume
Attach curriculum vitae or resume that describes scholarly work related to the proposed project and publication/presentation history of the applicant. This document will inform the review committee of the scholar or professional applicant’s potential for dissemination of findings.

Deadline & Notification

  • Application materials must be electronically submitted on or before March 15, 2017 using the Proposal Submission Form(LINK).
  • Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decisions on May 1, 2017.
  • Contracts for successful grants should be finalized by June 15, 2017.
  • Final reports for successful grants will be due July 1, 2018.