Student Individual Public Policy Project Mini Grant

Funding Applications

For 2016-2017 applications are accepted on a rolling basis and funding decisions will be made as applications are received. Application dates for the 2017-2018 academic year will be posted in January 2017.

Student Individual Public Policy Project Mini Grant

Application Link

The above link takes you to the online application.  If you would like to review the questions and work on the application offline before submitting online, please download the application questions.

This application is for students applying for the PPP mini grant in order to fund costs associated with their Public Policy Project.  This may include:

  • Training, conferences, workshops (hosting or attending)
  • Travel and supplies
  • Dissemination/Production of deliverable

Download the spreadsheet below to outline your budget.  The final online application question will allow you to upload the completed spreadsheet.  

Public Policy Projects Budget Outline EXCEL Template

 
  • A defined public policy issue/problem
  • A project proposal approved by the faculty supervisor(s).
    • Co-advisement by community mentors or faculty peers is permissible and is determined based on the nature of the project and by primary faculty supervisors.
  • Public engagement with the issue.
    • This may be through interviews with elected officials, issue leaders, and stakeholders, and/or volunteering, internships, site visits, advocacy work, etc., in order to gain an applied understanding of the policy problem.
  • A means for the community to provide feedback and reflection to the student(s) and mentor(s).
  • A final paper/report.
  • A presentation or poster session.
    • Must be completed at a conference sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)
  • Public Dissemination of the results to the broader community outside of BGSU.
    • This may be a presentation to the community, websites, public poster display, etc.

Students at any level may participate in PPPs.  PPPs may be completed by individuals or groups of students working together.  Below is a list of typical expectations for the completion of a PPP:

  • Identify and research a public problem
  • Utilize community based research methods
  • Identify possible solutions to public problems and discuss their viability
  • Recommend a solution and a plan for its implementation
  • Discuss the challenges to implementing the solution
  • Complete a public engagement and public dissemination component
  • Provide a means for community feedback and reflection

Faculty members may integrate a Public Policy Project into any undergraduate class in any discipline. Funds are available for class activities that support student engagement with, understanding of, and /or the ability to successfully complete research on a public policy issue.

Course based projects may involve individual projects, small group projects, or a project that all class members are involved with.

Topics may be generated by students, defined by the faculty members, or linked to a project identified by a community partner or organization.

Funding will be prioritized for projects that have relevance to regional communities/organizations and where there is a strong partnership with community partners.

For faculty who’s own research has a public policy focus the Student Policy Scholars Program can provide additional support through students engaged in an intensive research experience with a faculty mentor and/or a research experience with a community organization supervised by a faculty mentor.

External Resources

What is Public Policy?

Policy Matters Ohio - Nonprofit policy research organization working to broaden the debate about economic policy in Ohio.

Project Citizen (K-12 Resource)

Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.

Questions?

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Dr. Justin Rex

Position: Assistant Professor, Political Science
Public Policy Project Committee Chair
Phone: (419) 372-2107
Email: jmrex@bgsu.edu
Address: 109 Williams Hall