ERIC Number: ED389252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Using Institutional Variables To Predict Success in Grants Acquisition.
Monahan, Thomas C.; Fortune, Jim C.
This national study of colleges and universities examined 33 variables found to act as incentives to motivate faculty to engage in grant-related activities. A survey questionnaire was sent to 163 colleges and universities, and of these, 104 returned them. The results of a series of statistical analyses suggested that a small, but significant, predictive relationship exists between the provision of institutional resources for released time to write proposals, reduced faculty loads to work on successful grants, graduate and research assistants, a return of some of the indirect costs to faculty or sponsoring departments, and other selected resources and services, and success in grants acquisition as measured by the amount of funding attracted to the institutions in successful grants. The results also suggest that institutions may prefer to look to successful grants to fund released time, reduced faculty loads, and other resource-consuming incentives as a way of avoiding having to expend institutional resources to support grant-related activities. Finally, overall, most colleges and universities provide more in the form of policies, practices, grants training and other services than financial and other institutional resources, such as released time, as incentives. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 18-22, 1995).