Research is an essential part of the librarian profession.
The LAUC-Davis Research and Professional Activities Committee (RPAC) supports UC Davis librarian research by awarding three types of grants to members of LAUC-D on a rolling basis throughout the year. These grants allow UC librarians a unique opportunity to engage in scholarly research and creative activity that enhances our contributions to the University and our profession.
In addition to these local LAUC-D grants, which are administered by the LAUC-D LAUC-Davis Research and Professional Activities Committee (RPAC) LAUC-D members are invited to apply for state-wide LAUC Research funds.
1. LAUC-D Research Grant
The criteria for LAUC-D Research Grants and the application procedures are identical to those for state-wide LAUC Research grants. These are available at: https://lauc.ucop.edu/committees/research-and-professional-development-committee.
The LAUC-D Research and Professional Activities Committee attempts to fund a number of projects by prioritizing applications that request small grants. Average grants have, in the past, ranged from $500 to $2500. Major grants are more appropriate for the Statewide LAUC funding. The local committee will work with individuals to prepare applications, and keeps a file of successful applications from years past. Please contact the Research and Professional Activities Committee chair for more information.
Applicants should use the “Application for LAUC-D Research Funds”. Please submit one print and one electronic copy of your completed proposal to the Research Committee chair. To give the committee time to read and carefully consider proposals, applicants should allow one to two months for a response. The committee may ask for revisions or for more information.
2 LAUC-D Mini-Grants
Mini-grants for amounts up to $500.00 are available through the LAUC-D Research Committee. The formal proposal is not necessary for a mini-grant, but the guidelines (see below) will help you prepare a request.
3. Presentation Grants
Presentation Grants are awarded specifically to fund the cost of presenting completed research-areas not normally covered by the Research Grant. These costs include, but are not limited to: travel to present a paper based on a librarian’s professional research and costs associated with publication of either an article or book. Presentation grants are a lower priority for the committee than either Research or Mini-Grants. Therefore, they may not receive funding, or may be only partially funded in any given year if, in the committee’s judgment, awarding these grants would limit its ability to fund research. As with the mini-grant, a formal proposal is not necessary; the guidelines (below) will help you prepare a request.
LAUC-D Mini-Grants and Presentation Grants do not require a formal application, but the following information is required
A. Summary and current status of the research project/activity.
B. Description of and timetable for the activities to be funded by the Presentation or Mini-Grant. If release time is required, please have that line signed by your department head or supervisor.
C. Summary of budget. There should be one line for each item in the budget.
D. Indicate whether the applicant is a member of the bargaining unit represented by the UC-AFT (applicant may be a member of the bargaining unit and not be a member of the union) or a non-represented librarian.
Applications for Presentation Grants to fund travel to conferences should also include:
E. Abstract of the paper accepted for presentation.
F. Name and sponsoring organization(s) (if applicable) of the conference.
G. Also, please indicate if funds have been requested from other sources.
For more information, or to apply for a LAUC-D Research, Presentation or Mini- Grant, contact: LAUC-D Research Committee Chair