Don Pedersen Research Grant FAQ

What types of items should be included in proposed budgets?

It is strongly suggested to include statistical consulting. In-kind contributions, such as faculty/staff time that includes the mentor and primary investigator (PI), should also be included in the budget. Reference the Don Pedersen Research Grants webinar handout for more details on creating a budget.

How many applications are reviewed each year?

The number of applications reviewed each year varies, but averages between seven and 13.

How many applications are allowed from one program?

An institution may have multiple applicants from PA faculty. All eligible applications will be reviewed. If multiple applicants from the same institution submit strong and fundable proposals, each may receive an award.

What is the primary reason that some applications are disqualified?

The primary reason an applicant might be disqualified is ineligibility. The eligibility criteria are on page two of the Don Pedersen Research Grant Guidelines.

What letters of recommendation are required for the application?

A letter of recommendation is required from the applicant’s department chair or dean attesting to their support for the proposed research and verifying the PI’s relationship and appointment to the PA program. No other letters are required unless the following situations apply to the applicant:

  1. If the PI has a co-investigator, an additional statement is required from the PI that should detail the collaborative efforts with other faculty or programs and include specific details regarding each member’s roles and contributions to the project. A statement that is signed by all parties and attests to this collaboration indicates a strong application.
  2. If the applicant has previously received funding from PAEA, a statement of the PI’s prior PAEA grant funding history is required. If the project has co-investigators, the statement should outline the co-investigators’ PAEA grant funding history as well.

When will the applicants be notified whether or not their proposal has been awarded a grant, and when would the 18-month timeline begin and end?

Each applicant will be notified in writing whether or not their project has been selected for an award approximately two to three months after the application period closes, although this may vary. The 18-month project timeline will be determined after grantees are notified of their decisions and will be specified in the award agreement.

Are there any specific recommendations for the type of research question proposed?

Regardless of your chosen topic, the research question should be novel or address gaps in current knowledge. PAEA’s specific research priority areas for this award can be found in the Don Pedersen Research Grant Guidelines. You may email the Research Team at with ‘Don Pedersen’ in the subject for specific ideas, or to request feedback from a Research Mission Advancement Commission mentor.

Can collaborators be outside of the PA profession but in the education field?

Yes, an applicant’s co-investigator(s) may be outside of the PA profession. This is encouraged especially when the co-investigator will bring added experience in research design and statistical analysis.

Is preference given to applications that have co-investigators at other institutions?

No. While no bonus points are given for co-investigators from different institutions, our reviewers tend to prefer multi-institutional (vs. single site) studies. The Don Pedersen Research Grant preferences favor (1) faculty who are early career, new to research, or have not been previously funded by any PAEA research grant program; (2) faculty who partner with senior researcher co-investigators; and (3) proposals that address PAEA’s 2019 strategic priorities.