THE CENTER Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges 

THE CENTER Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges are annually awarded by the directors of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (THE CENTER) to one or more members of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. The purpose of these grants is to engender and support innovative, valid, and reproducible research that has direct application to community college policy and/or practice. Specific guidelines or research strands may be introduced each year.

THE CENTER Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges will range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the annual number and quality of proposals and their associated budgetary requirements.

THE CENTER Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges will be awarded to graduate students, faculty, administrators, and other scholars whose proposed research displays one or more of the below attributes:

-Research design and questions that take on broad issues of importance to community colleges and to society at large.

-Innovative methodological and/or conceptual approaches to research on community colleges.

-Clear, concise writing style that can effectively communicate the purpose and results of the project to both lay and scholarly audiences.

-Concrete ideas for how research findings might be utilized to improve community college policy and/or practice (grant dollars may be utilized for this purpose).

2017 Research Strands

Beginning in 2017, all proposals for a CENTER grant must adhere to one or more published research strands. The strands for 2017 are:

-Community college contributions to the greater good

-Public policy affecting community colleges

-Community college student persistence and completion

2017 Proposal Submission Dates & Call for Proposals

Beginning in 2017, proposals will be evaluated in a two-step process. Letters of Intent are due by Friday, September 29, 2017. The CENTER board will notify those applicants invited to submit a full proposal no later than November 1, 2017. Full proposals are due by Friday, January 12, 2018, and grants will be awarded in April 2018 at the annual Council meeting.

A detailed Call for Proposals can be found here: 2017 Call for Proposals - CENTER Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges.pdf.

Previous CENTER Grant Recipients: 

2017: Dr. Elvira Abrica, Dr. Deryl Hatch, and Ms. Minerva Tuliao for their study titled "Immigrant Pathways in the Nebraska Community College System: Toward a Consideration of the Immigrant Serving Institution."

2016: Drs. Sarah Rodriguez, Marissa Vasquez Urias, and Cristobal Salinas for their study titled "Latino Men & Masculinity: Experiences in Community College Transfer in Texas, California, and Florida." 

2016: Dr. Susanna Spaulding for her project titled "Identifying Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Education adn the Community College: Support Programs for Community & Civic Engagement."

2016: Dr. Clifford Harbour for his project examining "Civic Engagement Programming at IPCC & OCC."