Research Funding FAQs

Research Funding Frequently Asked Questions


For the 2019-2020 year, the College of Doctoral Studies (CDS) will be initiating a new series of grant/award opportunities beginning in October. The Faculty Honorarium is currently still in place but other award/grant potentials are being revised at this time to better reflect the College of Doctoral Studies aspirations for revisioned research possibilities.

Please check back on this page for any additional announcements or updates pertaining to the newly revisioned award/grant possibilities. 

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions about research funding from the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies.

For questions not covered here, please contact OSS.

Q.  Who is eligible to receive a grant?

A.  A research study’s principal investigator, who is an active University of Phoenix Faculty Member in good standing. View the Funding Eligibility chart.

Q.  Is the Excellence in Publishing Award (EPA) still available?

A. The EPA was designed for University of Phoenix faculty members who had research in peer-reviewed journals and publications. The Excellence in Publishing Award was removed from our menu of research funding and support resources begining on January 1, 2019. 

Q. How do the grants and fellowship programs differ from the honorarium and publishing programs?

A.  General research grants are awarded to support the development and execution of original faculty research projects; the teaching and learning fellowship program awards support research and innovation specific to teaching in learning within an academic discipline.

The Faculty Honorarium and Excellence in Publication awards recognize faculty who present and/or publish their work via scholarly channels (conference presentations, refereed journal publications, etc.). Faculty members are permitted to participate in both programs.

Q.  When are awards accepted, and can one applicant receive more than one award per year?

A.  Yes, an individual may submit multiple applications for independent research projects. Each project must be an independent project and not a version/aspect of a single project. Each grant application will be evaluated independently and competitively. Applications are accepted and awards announced throughout the year. Please note that the funding programs cannot overlap, though. One project must be at the dissemination point before another Grant or Fellowship may be applied for. 


Q. If I receive a grant or fellowship, does that prevent me from receiving the Excellence in Publication award or the Scholarship Honorarium?

A.  It depends on your grant or fellowship.  Most grants and fellowships do not include funding for conference travel or publication; these fellows/grantees are encouraged to apply for additional research awards upon the presentation and publication of your work.  If your grant or fellowship included funding lines for conference or publication work are not eligible.  If you are not sure, reach out to


Q.  How often are awards granted?

A.  Awards will be announced on an ongoing basis throughout the year.


Q.  Approximately how long after I submit an application will I be informed of the committee’s decision?

A.  Grant recipients will be notified within 60 days of submitting their completed grant application.


Q.  If I have questions about the application process or just a question in general, who do I contact?

A.  Use the Contact OSS form or email


Q.  Is the funding limited?

A.  Yes. The grant program is reviewed on an annual basis, and funds are awarded as available on a first-in, first-out basis.


Q.  What should be included in a research study budget?

A.  The grant programs' application require you submit a research study budget. Research grants are designed to support empirical research studies; literature reviews are not funded.  Depending on the methodologies, meta-analysis studies may be considered.  Budgets support direct costs of research (in comparison to indirect costs).  Direct costs include supplies, travel, salary stipends, postage, etc during the research project (i.e., until the end of data collection and cleaning) or necessary for data analysis.  Budget is allowed for equipment, software, access to data sets, consultants, key personal, necessary trainings, etc. Budget for individual hours is allowed, should be fair market price, and appropriate for this type of grant. Budget for travel during research/data collection is allowed (e.g., driving to a data collection site) but not for dissemination (e.g., publication, conference presentation).  Funding awards for research dissemination can be applied for separately at that point and are set amounts to be used to at the researchers discretion.  A budget is requested with the application but management of it is the responsibility of the researcher.  

Note: these grants are designed to support UOPX affiliates' research but are not designed to provide, replace, or be commensurate with a primary income.  Common budgeting for researcher/consultants stipends might be parallel to the equivalent of a course stipend for the PI to dedicate that semesters’ time to the project instead of teaching a course, setting a specific one-time stipend for specific activities, or specifying individual hours, such as X numbers of hours for setting up, X number of data collection, X number for team meetings, and X for data analysis.

Q.  Are there any exclusions to the Faculty Honorarium Program? 

A.  We do NOT award for items published in journals that are considered predatory or vanity presses. To learn more about these types of publications, please review the articles below before submitting.

·         How to Identify a Predatory Publisher

·         Understanding Vanity Presses

Q.  What is the award amount for the Faculty Honorarium Program?

A.  Awards will be $200 starting on 01/01/2019. 

Last Updated

September 3, 2019

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