Nina B. Hollis Research Impact Awards (NBHRIA)

The mission of the Nina B. Hollis Institute at Stetson University is to stimulate innovations for the advancement of all, particularly birth through grade 12 and non- traditional learners, relating to creating educational opportunities for all through research and applied partnerships. The Institute focuses on outreach and dissemination to address ways in which race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English proficiency, community wealth, familial situations, and other factors contribute to or perpetuate lower educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment for affected groups of students.

The purpose of the Nina B. Hollis Research Impact Award (NBHRIA) is to provide seed funding to support research that expands the boundaries of education. The NBHRIA encourages innovative approaches to addressing barriers faced by affected populations in our society to improve their educational outcomes. Proposals may address such areas as academic progress, social/personal growth, school culture and climate, and teacher/leader enhancement.

NBHRIA seed funding is intended to lead to external funding for the continued advancement of the project goals. NBHRIA funding may support

  1. Pilot or initial research projects that will be advanced through external funding, or
  2. Research projects that inform innovation development, the implementation and evaluation of which will be funded through external funding.

The Principal Investigator must be a Stetson University faculty member. Proposed projects may include co-investigators from Stetson University and/or other higher education institutions or partner organizations. Collaborative projects that are interdisciplinary are highly encouraged.

Proposed projects may vary in scope, with larger-scale projects funded at a maximum level of $10,000 per fiscal year, renewable annually for up to three years total funding, and small-scale projects funded annually at a maximum of $1,500, renewable for up to two years total funding.

Selection Process for New and Renewal Awards

The Nina B. Hollis Institute Executive Committee and Steering Committee will review proposals. The Nina B. Hollis Institute Steering Council includes four Stetson University faculty each from a different department across various schools and colleges, the Director of the Nina B. Hollis Institute, and the Chair of the Stetson University Department of Education.

Because the review committee is not asked to provide extensive written feedback on the applications, detailed reviewer responses will not be provided.