Walden University recognizes that education contributes to healthy individuals, communities, and society, and, as a leader in the field of distance education aims to produce scholar practitioners who further contribute to healthy individuals, communities, and society through positive social change. The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) model, premised upon the idea that socially imposed forces are causative factors that influence life and learning (Sanderson et al., 2021), is a central tenet that informs Walden’s mission of education for good. As such, the university values research that investigates issues of educational justice and equity across the educational life span (Beyond the Social Determinants of Learning, 2021) that add to, or even challenge, the current understanding and practice of the SDOH in the context of distance education.
The Social Determinants of Health in Distance Education Research Grant program invites research proposals that address a topic relevant to the intersection of the SDOH, educational justice and equity, and distance education. Proposals for research conducted by investigators in all academic fields are encouraged to apply.
The purpose of this grant opportunity, funded by the Walden Presidential Research Grant program, is to encourage research in the name of the university that contributes scholarship on distance education and its relationships to, and impacts on, educational justice and equity, and the Social Determinants of Health more broadly. Grant funds are to be used to support the direct cost of conducting research.
Lindell, A., Morgan, A., Sugarman, B., Tervala, D., Westermann, J., et al. (2021). Beyond the Social Determinants of Learning: A Walden University Position Paper. https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/white_papers/3/
Sanderson, C. D., Hollinger-Smith, L. M., & Cox, K. (2021). Developing a Social Determinants of Learning™ Framework: A case study. Nursing Education Perspectives (Wolters Kluwer Health), 42(4), 205–211. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000810
Past recipients of the Fellowship in Distance Education (prior to 2020 this funding opportunity was considered a fellowship, not a research grant)
Final date for first-time requests for feedback on research proposals: June 20, 2022
Application Deadline: July 1, 2022
Grant Recipients Announced: August 22, 2022
Research must be completed: December 31, 2023
The Social Determinants of Health in Distance Education Research Grant (SDOH in DE Research Grant) is open to Walden University doctoral students in all academic fields of study. Grant funds cannot be used for tuition at Walden, or another institution, and can only be used to support those activities included in the research proposal. Additionally, applicants must:
For any research funds to be disbursed to the recipient, proof of compliance with Walden University regulations regarding the protection of human subjects in research and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required.
Although a funding ceiling is provided below, researchers are encouraged to request only the amount of funds needed to conduct their proposed research activities, rather than the maximum amount available.
$1,000 funding ceiling for research conducted by a single student.
The grant will cover:
The grant will not cover:
This request for proposals (RFP) is for one-time, short-term research studies. If awarded, research must be completed within the grant period of performance, which ends December 31, 2023.
While only research proposals that are determined to be of exceptional scholarly merit will be funded, in an effort to recognize newly emerging scholars, proposals submitted by students will be considered for funding from a pool separate from faculty and staff applicants.
The number of grants awarded in each program cycle will be determined by the quality and size of the applicant pool as well as the availability of program funds. Grant funds are to be used to support the direct cost of research.
The overall merit of the proposed research will be considered and evaluated by Dean of Research, working with a review committee chaired by the Director of Research & Sponsored Programs.
The final selection will be made based upon the following general criteria:
Applicants are welcome to submit a draft of their entire research proposal, or sections of the proposal, to the RSP for review and feedback. While staff in the RSP may not be content experts in your field, we can offer feedback about the design, methodology, budget, budget justification, timeline, and dissemination plan for your proposed research grant. Our office is available to meet with researchers via Teams and provide written comments on proposal drafts.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting and/or submit a draft of your proposal for review. We are happy to provide review and feedback more than once; however, first time requests must be made by June 20, 2022.
This funding opportunity uses an online grant application which allows you to select relevant fields from drop-down menus, enter individualized text responses, and upload supporting documentation.
Since this grant opportunity is intended to support capstone research, students must have a dissertation or doctoral study proposal that has been approved by their committee and have approval from Walden's IRB. In light of this, the content of the grant application draws heavily from the approved proposal rather than requiring the applicant to write a new grant proposal.
Instructions about how to complete the online grant application are provided in the form itself. To make the process smoother, following are materials/information you might want to have ready to complete the online application:
Copy of your approved dissertation/doctoral study from which you will be able to cut and paste relevant information (such as the abstract, problem statement, research question, etc.).
Anticipated date of graduation.
Dollar amount you plan to request (maximum is $1,000 but you are not required to request the full amount).
A copy of the Walden IRB approval letter for your dissertation/doctoral study (to be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form).
A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (to be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form).
Once the online form has been submitted you will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt of your grant application, which will include the tracking number for your application (SDOHDE-2022-S-XX).
Although applications for the SDOH in DE Research Grant are NOT accepted by email you are welcome to contact email@example.com with questions about your grant application, and the SDOH in DE Research Grant program in general. If inquiring about a specific grant application that has already been submitted online, please reference your grant application tracking number in your email.