Frequently Asked Questions

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The Research Scholars Program exists to encourage faculty to conduct new, high quality research with an emphasis on family business dimensions. Research is the key to uncovering the truth underlying these discussions. The Research Scholars Program further facilitates this rigorous inquiry. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions. If you require additional assistance, please contact us at fobi@gvsu.edu.

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How many grants will be awarded?

How long should the proposal be?

What should I include in the proposal?

What other documents are required in order to complete the application process?

What are the criteria used to evaluate proposals?

How and where can I submit a proposal?

What is the deadline for submitting proposals?

When and where will the FOBI  Awards be announced?

Can the request for the appointment be from two faculty members representing themselves rather than their academic institution? My co-author and I do not want to share the funding with our current institutions.

Would the Research Scholars Program support funding for presenting research at conferences?

As a FOBI Research Scholar, what is required of me?

What does a "one year appointment" mean?

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How many grants will be awarded?  -Return to Top-

Four to six grants will be awarded annually. Each winning proposal will have a stipend of $5000.


How long should the proposal be? -Return to Top-

6 pages, double-spaced,10 point font.


What should I include in the proposal? -Return to Top-

  • A Description of the Project
  • The Research Objectives
  • Justification or need for the Study
  • A Brief Literature Review
  • The Methodology
  • A Project Timeline
  • Outline for the Use of Funds
  • Referred Journals Targeted for Publication

 

What other documents are required in order to complete the application process? -Return to Top-

In addition to the 6-page proposal, all applicants must submit a Curriculum Vita (CV) or resume. Please note that the CV's page-length is not included in the 6 page limit for the proposal.


What are the criteria used to evaluate proposals? -Return to Top-

The goal of the Scholars Program is to help expand the family business body of knowledge, initially in the academic realm, then to consultants and texts. The Program is designed to stimulate new quality research that may not develop without the support, or at least not as quickly.

The ultimate criterion is the contribution likely to be made to the family business literature as measured by publication within the leading academic journals, a guideline the referees will be using. Consequently, applicants should present information that will convey that their research will be likely to be publishable and completed within one year's time.

 

How and where can I submit a proposal? -Return to Top-

All proposals must be submitted electronically through this website. Applicants can complete the online form and attach their proposals by visiting the 'scholars' section on the website. 

Submissions that are mailed or emailed will not be accepted. If you are having a problem with the website and unable to submit your proposal, please email us at fobi@gvsu.edu

 

What is the deadline for submitting proposals? -Return to Top-

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2014 Research Scholars Program is March 28, 2014


When and where will the FOBI  Awards be announced? -Return to Top-

The 2014 FOBI Scholar Awards will be announced  at FERC 2014 Conference (Annual Awards Dinner), Chile. 

 

Can the request for the appointment be from two faculty members representing themselves rather than their academic institution?My co-author and I do not want to share the funding with our current institutions. -Return to Top-

Yes. Joint requests with multiple authors are welcome. However, the appointment would be limited to the $5000 per project. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to increase our funding support to better meet the needs of joint work. The purpose of the FOBI Scholars Program is to support the research of the faculty, not the institution. Therefore, you are free to submit outside of any constraints of your institution.


Would the Research Scholars Program support funding for presenting research at conferences?        -Return to Top-

The use of the $5000 is up to the Scholar(s), although it is generally anticipated to be used for a personal stipend. The purpose of this program is to help stimulate quality research that would not develop without support, or at least not as quickly. While travel support for presentation is important, it does not rank as high as support for initiating or completing the research itself. If the proposal submitted were to be based more on the latter, it could be used, however; the recipient decided. The evaluation is based on the quality of the research and the contribution the money will make toward getting the research finished and published in a referred journal.


As a FOBI Research Scholar, what is required of me? -Return to Top-

As a FOBI Scholar, you are expected to finish you work/project within the one year deadline, and submit the finished work to the appropriate refereed journal (s). In addition, 2014 FOBI Research Scholars, are expected to submit their finished papers for possible consideration to be presented at the following 2015 FERC (Family Enterprise Research Conference).


What does a "one year appointment" mean? -Return to Top-

One year appointment means that the scholar has one year from the date of appointment to perform the research, write it, and submit it for publication. This can be done simultaneously while teaching or pursuing other interests. You are not required to be present at Grand Valley State University campus, or leave your teaching appointment. This one year deadline was set for the scholars to finish their work within that time frame.

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