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CARLI Research Subsidy Program

CARLI is seeking proposals for the FY2015 Research Subsidy Program. Funded by the CARLI Board of Directors, the research awards will support research projects from staff in CARLI Governing member libraries. Projects should have the potential to positively impact libraries and the library profession; have the potential to provide a useful addition to the existing literature; and results of the research should be of interest to or of use by other CARLI libraries. Total funding for FY2015 is $25,000. The maximum amount funded for any proposal will be $4,999.

Proposals will be accepted from both individual researchers and those working collaboratively. Proposals for Multi-Year Projects will be accepted.

Interested applicants must complete the Statement of Intent to Apply web form by January 15, 2015, and are required to attend a mandatory application webinar on January 22, 2015.

Information and abstracts of FY2014 funded projects are available HERE.

Information and abstracts of FY2015 funded projects are available HERE.

Slides from required webinar are available: HERE.

Submissions must include the following:

  1. a detailed proposal outlining the proposed research project including methodology, scope and timetable;
  2. a statement describing how this project fits into the existing literature;
  3. projected outcomes;
  4. a statement outlining how this research will benefit the Illinois library community and the broader profession; and
  5. a plan for how the results of the research will be shared with the Illinois library community.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

January 15, 2015 "Statement of Intent to Apply” due to CARLI Office
January 22, 2015 Mandatory Proposal Webinar
February 27, 2015 Cover Sheets and Proposals due to CARLI Office
March 16, 2015 Scoring of proposals
April 1, 2015 Announcement of FY2015 funded projects
June 30, 2015 Disbursement of funds is complete
June 15, 2016 Deadline for expenditure of funds (one-year projects)
October 15, 2016 Final reports for FY2015 projects due to CARLI

Evaluation and Award

Final proposals will be reviewed for thoroughness; potential to positively impact the libraries and the library profession; and potential to provide a useful addition to the existing literature.

A final evaluation report which will include evaluation of the project and its impact will be due within 4 months of project completion.

Up to $1,000 may be included for travel to present research findings at a conference. Specific details about the conference and cost estimates for travel must be included within the budget portion of the proposal.

Indirect costs, such as college/university administrative costs will not be covered by CARLI Research Subsidies.

Multi-Year Projects

Recognizing that some projects require more than one year to plan, implement, and complete, CARLI will accept proposals which span a maximum period of three years. In addition to the submission requirements above, such proposals must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Detailed plan, year by year, with benchmark goals to be completed by which progress will be measured and reported at the end of the year.
  • Detailed budget, year by year, and if applicable for each participating library.
  • Annual progress reports, including progress on benchmark goals and budget reports for each participating institution, will be due to CARLI by July 31 of each year of the multi-year project.


  1. Final proposals must be submitted to CARLI by February 27, 2015. 
    Submissions should be made electronically. One PDF document including the cover sheet (with abstract), proposal, and supporting attachments should be submitted to by February 27, 2015. The CARLI Request Tracker system will receive the message and generate an automatic email reply to the submitter with a unique “ticket number”. After receipt and review of the documents, an acknowledgement will be emailed to the submitter.

    Research Subsidy Proposal

  2. Proposals will be read, scored, and ranked by a task force of Board members, advisory committee members, and CARLI staff. Funded proposals will be made publicly available on the CARLI web site.
  3. The contact person for a proposal may be asked to revise and/or expand a proposal for reconsideration in response to feedback.
  4. The contact person for each successful proposal must submit a final report for the entire project that includes an overall evaluation and assessment of the project by October 15, 2016. Incomplete final reports that do not include an evaluation will be noted when considering future proposals for funding. Reports should be submitted by e-mail to .

For additional questions regarding submission of proposals, .