Priority Research Fund (PRF)

Full time Gallaudet faculty, Clerc Center teachers and professional staff are eligible to apply for a Priority Research Fund to conduct high quality research on Gallaudet's priority areas. The research awards are intended for studies that:

  1. Have a clear connection to the research priorities of the University;
  2. Are technically sound, including clear articulation of a research purpose that can be accomplished within 1-3 years, significance within the field, and methods that have a high likelihood of achieving the specified purpose;
  3. Place Gallaudet University in a position to acquire external funding and;
  4. Yield research findings that may be a basis for improving instruction to deaf and hard of hearing students, or that have the potential to enhance the lives of deaf and hard of hearing persons throughout the United States.

The intention of the Fund is to support campus researchers who aim to conduct both basic and applied research on important issues using a wide range of methods. Basic research is undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without any particular application or use in mind. Applied research is conducted to gain the knowledge or understanding to meet a specific, recognized need.

Applicants are expected to explore external sources of funding before considering the Gallaudet Priority Research Fund (PRF). Moreover, PRF awardees, as a condition of their grant agreement, will be obligated to apply for external grants if they intend to expand or extend their line of study.


  • Curriculum development
  • Capital projects (i.e., construction or renovation of research facilities)
  • Non-research training grants
  • Development (the production of materials, devices, systems, or methods, including the design and development of prototypes and processes), although data collection instrument adaptation and development in high priority areas may be considered
  • Establishment of an academic or extra-curricular program and then study of that program
  • Dissertation study or Master's Thesis
  • Presentations and/or conference fee
  • Cost of travel to present research findings
  • Cost of preparing the research report
  • Page charges or other costs related to publication
  • Institutional research (internal or dept studies)


There is a single round of proposal review each year. The grant period will run from October 1 to September 30, in accordance with the university's fiscal year.


The fund provides up to $35,000 per year for up to 3 years. Be reasonable about what you can accomplish within this scope of funding. A Priority Grant may be used as cost sharing or supplemental to larger, externally funded studies. In such instances, consult with your department and the Priority Fund Officer before submitting a proposal. Finally, although the Priority Fund has had steady funding since its inception, RSIA can make no assurances about availability of funds in future years. You may have only one priority grant at a given time. You are not eligible to apply again if you already have a priority grant submitted. Before you recieve an award, you will need to open a Community of Science (COS) account at


February 15th by 5pm. If February 15th falls on a weekend, the proposal will be due the next business day by 5pm.


Reviewing a complete proposal may take up to 3 months; it may take longer if the researcher is asked to respond to feedback from the reviewers. Reviews are undertaken with the advice of faculty, staff and others who are specialists in the field covered by the proposals. The Priority Research Fund committee also hires external reviewers who are expert in the field of study covered by the applications, to review and evaluate applications.


  1. Send in a one-page Expression of Interest to Apply by December 15.
  2. Application instructions and Application cover page form by February 15 or next business day.
  3. General Inventory of Student Research Skills (GISRS) – If you are planning to hire student researchers working within your research study, you are obligated to report the Assessment Rubric; General Inventory of Student Research Skills (GISRS).
  4. Institutional Review Board (IRB) – You must get the clearance for the study from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

[Last modified: 2014.11.21 14:00:17. by Brian Showalter]

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