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Research Grant Application Process and Forms

The CARL Research Grant was established to provide financial support to encourage CARL members to engage in research and/or publication efforts. A competitive cash sum will be granted to the successful applicant(s). Applicants may apply for grants in the range of $250 to $2000. Grant amount requested must be justified by a budget. Actual amount granted is at the discretion of the Research Grant Committee, as is the decision to award grants to any applicants in a given year. Grant recipients will be expected to present a summary of their research (or its progress) at the CARL Conference following reception of the grant.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be current members of CARL, although an individual or a group may undertake the research. For group applications, all applicants must be CARL members. Please verify your CARL membership before submitting your application.
  2. Grants will not be given for research leading to an academic degree.
  3. The proposed research/publication should be significant to the objectives of CARL as stated in its Bylaws.

Submission package

Research Award Application

  1. Part I: Contact Information [download as Word or PDF]
  2. Part II: Research Proposal [download as Word or PDF]
  3. Part III: Budget [download as Excel or PDF] — Please note that the CARL Research Grant may not be used to pay for any F&A (facilities and administrative) costs

Proposals will be submitted to the committee for anonymous review. To ensure an absolutely anonymous review, please do not include any identifying information (for example, your name, your workplace name, or citations of publications you've authored) in Part II or Part III of the application.


The proposals will be scored using the following criteria:

  1. Objectives (1/3)—ideas are fully developed and supported and the desired results are clear
  2. Methodology (1/3)—there is an appropriate research design/plan and there is a realistic timeframe for completing the research
  3. Significance (1/3)—the research topic is interesting and original, makes a contribution to scholarship, and has an impact on librarianship, library services, and/or library users


Proposals must be received not later than 5pm on the last business day of September (Friday, 30 September 2022).

Please send your application as an e-mail attachment to

Research Grant Winners

The CARL Research Grant recipient(s) will be announced and the award presented in November 2022. The CARL Research Grant will be disbursed to recipient(s) upon winning. Reporting requirements and deadlines are as follows:

  1. A copy of the CARL Research Grant letter will be sent to the office of sponsored research or equivalent office of the recipient's home institution.
  2. Final Expense Report—The Research Grant recipient(s) will provide a final accounting of expenditures to the CARL Treasurer. Recipient(s) may be asked to return any unused funds to CARL.
  3. Public Presentation of Results—At the CARL Conference following award of the Research Grant, the Research Grant recipient(s) will be expected to present their research results to date.

Questions about the Research Grant?

For any questions about the Grant or the application process, please contact 2022 Research Grant Committee Chair Ken Lyons. For questions after submission, please contact

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