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Application Guidelines & Procedures

Narrative – Written proposal narratives must not exceed 6 single space pages of 12 pt font. Margin limitation must be pre-set to 1 inch all around. The narrative must include the following sections:

  1. Title Page (not part of the 6 pages; should include the names of all faculty and personnel participating in the project and their respective center/college)
  2. Application Face Page (not part of the 6 pages)
  3. Abstract/Executive Summary (Not included in the 6-page narrative)
  4. Objectives – Statement of need (how the study addresses an important local problem), importance for the proposed work and objectives of the project.
  5. Project/Research Design — Include in this section a description of the study participants (and participant selection if appropriate), the measurement instruments (a brief description of all assessment instruments is required; if qualitative methods are used, please include samples of interviews and/or questions to be asked; if needed, please include copies of the instruments in the Appendix section), and the procedures to be followed (describe the various steps the study will take to accomplish the proposed objectives; if an intervention is used, e.g., training, describe the intervention in as much detail as possible).
  6. Roles — Role of the principal investigator, collaborators and community partner in completing the project. Central to this section is a description of the community partner’s role in the study (i.e., a detailed description of the collaborative relationship). Applicants are encouraged to work with NSU student(s) interested in the area of the project to provide them with a learning experience as well as access to a research environment. Applicants who include NSU student(s) in author-level participation in their research project will receive five additional points.
  7. Feasibility Statement — regarding implementation of the work including:
    1. Time line of activities (account for time required for IRB review)
    2. Work completion date
    3. Statement regarding where work will be administratively placed; in what academic unit?
    4. Anticipated challenges and resolutions
  8. Data Analysis — provide a description of how data will be analyzed and interpreted; if the project addresses the evaluation of an existing program, this section should also address expected outcomes along with assessment strategies of these outcomes.
  9. Budget – written statement of the use of funds, including:
    1. Summary budget for proposed work (using the table below)

      Item Requested Description (put "NA" if the category does not apply to the project) Amount Requested
      Student Work Study/ Temporary Assistance* $ per hr x hrs x 1.079 (7.9% fringe) $
      Consultation   $
      Equipment (to be university property)**   $
      Research Participant Stipends   $
      ***travel may not constitute greater than 25% of the total award amount
      Supplies (office, classroom, etc.)   $
      Shipping/Postage   $
      Other   $
      Other   $
      Other   $
      Other   $
      Other   $
      Total Amount Requested $
      • Fringe must be calculated and included in the proposed budget
      • Purchases made with QOL grant funds are subject to NSU policies and procedures and all materials purchased with grant funds (i.e., office supplies, computer equipment, etc.) are considered property of NSU. Materials and equipment shall not be donated, given away, etc. without the express permission of the QOL Council Chair and University Budget Office.
      • If travel expenses are greater than 25% of the total award amount and are crucial to the successful implementation of the project, a justification must be provided and prior approval must be secured by the QOL Council Research Liaison and Chair prior to submission.
    2. Brief budget narrative of how award funds will be used
  10. Dissemination — description of how findings of work will be disseminated, to include:
    1. What mechanism will be used to disseminate findings (i.e. publications, etc.)?
    2. How will the work be externally evaluated for the purpose of dissemination? (i.e., peer review board, panel experts, awards committee, etc.)
  11. Community Impact — Include a description of how the project intends to impact the community (Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach)
  12. External Funding/Sustainability of the Project — discuss the potential of your project to generate external funds to maintain activities in the future or to develop new projects.

    The following sections are not part of the 6 page narrative:

    1. References – This section should be limited to bibliographical citations for the resources mentioned in the proposal narrative.
    2. Curriculum Vitae – The principal investigator's CV is required. However, the co-principal investigator(s) may include their CV if desired. Each CV is limited to 2 pages.
    3. Appendices – This section should be limited to essential information relevant to the proposed project. Note: Information required in the narrative should not be included in the appendices.
    4. Letter of Support – Applications must include a letter of support for the proposed research from the identified community partner(s). In addition, at least one community partner must be located in the Tri-County area (Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County). Applications which do not include a community partner letter of support with the submission will not be accepted.

Proposals are scored by reviewers using the following rubric: QOL Scoring Rubric (PDF).


*FY24 QOL Application Dates will be Announced in Fall 2022.

Event Date Location Status/Comments
Proposal Deadline for Applicants TBD Electronic (Word format) proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m.
Electronic copies must be submitted in Word format and should be sent to
Pre-screening of applications completed TBD Pre-screening of applications is completed, and proposals are submitted electronically to reviewers
Review of proposals completed TBD    QOL Reviewers enter proposals ratings online
Final Results are tabulated and submitted to the president TBD    Tabulation of scores
Final award selections are made by the president TBD   Proposal scores submitted to President
Deans Notified TBD    
Awardees notified TBD   Awardees are notified via notification letters
QOL projects commence 7/1/2023   Earliest date awards may begin
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