Research Grant FAQs

Please see below for the general questions related to research grants. Please feel free to email gpsa.research@gmail.com if you do not find answers to your issues or concerns here.

What is the difference between GRSP & Jumpstart?

Jumsptart is usually used for a pilot project, and is not related to a terminal (e.g. thesis or dissertation) project. GRSP, on the other hand, is usually used for conducting research related to a terminal degree project.

Can I apply for GRSP and Jumpstart?

Yes, you can apply for both grants and you can do so during the same semester. However, these should be two different projects.

Can I apply for both categories of GRSP?

Yes, you can apply for both categories. However, you cannot apply for both categories during the same cycle. Furthermore, only one award may be granted per degree (i.e., an applicant may not receive a terminal research grant for his/her thesis or dissertation more than once, however s/he may receive the $2,000 terminal research award for both a thesis project and also a dissertation project). The total amount requested in a proposal may not be awarded in full.

I’m not quite sure of my final thesis work yet – can I still apply for GRSP? What is the best way to do so, given my project uncertainty?

At a minimum, you must have a broad idea of what your project will be about. As long as you are able to justify your research and answer all the questions in the grant proposal, you are encouraged to apply.

I need to travel to do my research. Which grant will allow this? To what extent?

If you need to travel for your research, you are encouraged to apply for a GRSP grant.

Does my research have to be connected to my field of study?

YES! It is very important that you make a clear connection between your field of study and your proposed project. You must also explain how your research will contribute to your field of study.

You ask for my Advisor’s information/email. How involved are they in the application process?

Your advisor is required to fill out a form endorsing your work. This is a form of “letter” of reference supporting your work. As with a letter of reference, it is recommended you inform your advisor that you will be applying for a grant, that you have listed them as a reference, and that they will be contacted.

If awarded, how long do I have to spend the funds?

You must spend your funds within the academic year for which your funds were requested.

What is the difference between GRSP & Jumpstart?

Jumsptart is usually used for a pilot project, and is not related to a terminal (e.g. thesis or dissertation) project. GRSP, on the other hand, is usually used for conducting research related to a terminal degree project.

Can I apply for GRSP and Jumpstart?

Yes, you can apply for both grants and you can do so during the same semester. However, these should be two different projects.

Can I apply for both categories of GRSP?

Yes, you can apply for both categories. However, you cannot apply for both categories during the same cycle. Furthermore, only one award may be granted per degree (i.e., an applicant may not receive a terminal research grant for his/her thesis or dissertation more than once, however s/he may receive the $2,000 terminal research award for both a thesis project and also a dissertation project). The total amount requested in a proposal may not be awarded in full.

I’m not quite sure of my final thesis work yet – can I still apply for GRSP? What is the best way to do so, given my project uncertainty?

At a minimum, you must have a broad idea of what your project will be about. As long as you are able to justify your research and answer all the questions in the grant proposal, you are encouraged to apply.

I need to travel to do my research. Which grant will allow this? To what extent?

If you need to travel for your research, you are encouraged to apply for a GRSP grant.

Does my research have to be connected to my field of study?

YES! It is very important that you make a clear connection between your field of study and your proposed project. You must also explain how your research will contribute to your field of study.

You ask for my Advisor’s information/email. How involved are they in the application process?

Your advisor is required to fill out a form endorsing your work. This is a form of “letter” of reference supporting your work. As with a letter of reference, it is recommended you inform your advisor that you will be applying for a grant, that you have listed them as a reference, and that they will be contacted.

If awarded, how long do I have to spend the funds?

You must spend your funds within the academic year for which your funds were requested.

What if I need an extension of funds?

Extensions are often granted on a case-by-case basis. If you need an extension, you must contact GPSA prior to reaching the deadline to use your funds. Once your case is reviewed, GPSA will determine whether it is possible to grant an extension.

I’ve heard that GradEd oversees the financial/reimbursement portion of the GRSP program.What is GradEd?

GradEd stands for Graduate Education. This is the department within ASU that is in charge of helping graduate students with their needs. You can find more information on their website https://graduate.asu.edu.

What if I need an extension of funds?

GPSA strictly adheres to its no extension of funds policy for Jumpstart research grants and no exceptions will be made. You must contact GradEd for extension of GRSP funds. Extensions are often granted on a case-by-case basis. If you need an extension, you must contact GradEd prior to reaching the deadline to use your funds. Once your case is reviewed, GradEd will determine whether it is possible to grant an extension.