Research Grant Application

Research grant eligibility guidelines

  • The research topic must be related to the mission of the Woodcock Institute, which is the advancement of neurocognitive research and translation of neurocognitive research into practice.
  • The Primary Researcher (PR) must have an earned graduate degree in an academic discipline or professional field (e.g., school psychology, clinical psychology, education), or have appropriate experience in an educational research profession. Alternatively, a PR can be a doctoral student working under the supervision of a PR who meets these qualifications.
  • The PR must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization such as a college, university, school district, or research entity that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. The Woodcock Institute does not award research grants directly to individuals.
  • A PR may hold only one active research grant from the Woodcock Institute at any given time.
  • The grant request may not exceed $10,000, unless approved by the Executive Director of the Woodcock Institute.
  • The award must be used to support expenses that are directly related to the research (e.g., computer time, equipment, testing materials, participant fees, incentives, graduate research assistant salary/wages plus fringe benefits); it may not be used for indirect costs, tuition, or personal expenses. Be sure to justify all expenses and detail any additional funds that will be used for the project. If the budget for the project exceeds the amount available from the award, you should describe the source of the additional funds.

Download the Research Grant Application [Word].

Application requirements

  1. Complete the Woodcock Institute Research Grant Application.
    • Section 1: All applicants must complete this section.
    • Section 2: If the applicant is a graduate student, this section must be completed.
    • Section 3: All applicants must complete this section.
    • Section 4: All applicants must complete this section.
    • Section 5: All applicants must complete this section.
    • Section 6: All applicants must complete this section.
    • Section 7: Please provide your agencies tax ID #. Note: not required for internal TWU applicants.
    • Section 8: The grant application must be signed by an administrative head of the agency (e.g., Provost or Vice President of Academic Affairs, or School Superintendent). Internal TWU applicants must also use the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Signature Routing Form to obtain approval from the Department Chair, Program Director, Dean, ORSP Representative, and Provost. Internal grants will not be reviewed until all appropriate signatures are obtained and submitted with the application. 
  2. Submit a research proposal in English (as a separate .PDF or MS Word document).
    The research proposal should include the following elements:
    1. Statement of the problem (1-2 paragraphs)
    2. Theoretical or conceptual framework for the study (1-2 paragraphs)
    3. Brief review of relevant research, if applicable (1-2 paragraphs)
    4. Research questions, including hypotheses to be tested (1-2 paragraphs)
    5. Description of methodology, including the data set or data collection method, estimated sample size, and proposed analytic techniques (up to 1-2 pages)
    6. Project budget in U.S. dollars (budget table with justification narrative)
    7. Project schedule or timeline including IRB approval from agency timeline (table or narrative)
    8. Distribution plan for completed research (e.g., journal publication, conference presentation, etc.). Grant recipients may be invited to present their research findings at a semi-annual conference sponsored by the Woodcock Institute.

      NOTE: The recommendations in parentheses are meant to provide applicants with a general idea of the desired level of information, and are not intended to be strict requirements or limits.

  3. Provide a current copy of the affiliated organization's IRS Section 501(c)(3) tax exemption letter. (Does not apply to internal TWU applications).

Submission instructions

  1. After you have completed the Woodcock Institute Research Grant Application Form, save the file, and append the file name with the last name of the Primary Researcher (i.e., WI_ResearchGrant_Smith.doc).
  2. Submit application materials via email to: 
    woodcockinstitute@twu.edu Attn: Jacque Endres, Woodcock Institute Grants Coordinator

Please attach the following to your email submission:

  • Woodcock Institute Research Grant Application
  • Research proposal (in PDF or MS Word format)
  • A current copy of your organization's IRS Section 501(c)(3) exemption letter (Does not apply to internal TWU applications).

You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of your application, and a formal response will be sent via email within 2-4 weeks of submission. Grant awardees will be asked to submit an interim report about half way through the grant funded period detailing their progress on their research and a list of expenditures to-date and a then submit a final report. Grant recipients may be asked to come to a national conference sponsored by the Woodcock Institute to present their research findings.

Using the WJ IV Cognitive, Oral Language, and Achievement Tests in Research

Dr. Miller recorded a 45-minute session that reviews the WJ-IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities, Oral Language, and Achievement which can be used as dependent measures in research. He also discussed some ideas for research projects which would be favorably viewed as fundable.

Using the WJ IV Cognitive, Oral Language, and Achievement Tests in Research [PDF Handouts]