Research Guidelines

Funding

LAUC-SB members may use their allocated RPD funds ($1,500 for FY 2014-15) at their discretion for conference travel, research, or both.

Application

Librarians who wish to use part or all of their RPD funds for research should submit a brief written proposal and budget to the LAUC-SB RPD Committee. In reviewing proposals for research funding, the committee may suggest modifications or request additional information.

Requests for release time must be signed by the applicant’s supervisor. Proposals should include the following information as appropriate:

  • Nature and purpose of the project, including the need for research
  • Methodology
  • Budget
  • Projected timetable
  • Request for leave with pay (approved by supervisor)
  • Expected outcome (webpage, article, poster session, etc.)
  • Other supporting documentation

Evaluation

The purpose of LAUC-SB research funding is to encourage and support research and similar creative activity by UCSB librarians. Research funds may be used for initial development of projects that may become suitable for statewide funding at a later stage. With reasonable individual discretion, projects may focus on libraries, information science, or a subject specialty outside of library science for which the applicant is well qualified. In general, proposals will be evaluated for their potential impact on library services or their contribution to a scholarly subject area. Other factors to be considered include the clarity of the proposal, demonstrated need for research, and appropriateness of the methodology, as well as the qualifications of the applicant to see the project to successful completion (relevant background, training, experience).

Administrative funds may be a more appropriate source of support for projects that directly impact or contribute to UCSB library services. The committee will alert applicants in such cases and suggest how they might re-direct their funding requests.

Timetable

Funds may be requested for one fiscal year only.

Applicants may submit proposals at any time in the fiscal year for expenditure of funds in either the current or the following FY. However, the RPD Committee may reject a proposal for expenditure in the current year if it determines that there is not a reasonable expectation that funds will actually be expended (e.g., if there is little time left in the current year), in which case the committee may recommend that the proposal be submitted for the following year.

Proposals for expenditure in the following FY are always subject to availability of funds.

Research funds not expended in the year for which they were approved revert to the RPD funds monitored by LAUC-SB. In this case, a new proposal must be submitted if the applicant wishes to expend funds in the next fiscal year.

Reporting

Successful applicants will be asked to submit a brief report on their project to the RPD Committee by the end of the fiscal year for which research funds were approved.


If you have any questions about LAUC-SB research funding, please contact the current RPD chair.