Student Academic Success Research Grants

The Student Academic Success Research (SASR) Grants program is coordinated by OSAS Research and Program Assessment, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and ODEE Digital Flagship. The program provides funding for research and evaluation proposals that focus on improving, expanding, and/or revising Ohio State student success programs and services, with a special emphasis on historically underrepresented students and other underserved student groups (e.g., low-income, first-generation, regional campus, community college transfer, etc.).

Multiple research projects may be funded each year, with typical funding ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, and typical project timelines of one to two years. The submission window typically opens around the winter break and closes around Spring Break. Proposals are reviewed by a team of researchers and practitioners from multiple colleges, campuses, and academic units from across the university.

Proposals should focus on either student recruitment/enrollment, retention/graduation, or academic success among current or prospective Ohio State undergraduate students; this focus may include challenges to success, such as institutional or program climate. Investigators are particularly encouraged to incorporate research questions related to academic technology, underrepresented minority student success, low-income or first-generation student success, or open-access campus student success.

For winning investigators, SASR personnel can facilitate investigator access to OSU-held data (including OSU large-scale survey and student record data) or UNIZIN-held data (including multi-university student record and learning technology data), as appropriate to meet the project’s research goals.

Investigators are welcome to contact us to discuss their project idea, learn more about data access facilitation, explore potential collaborations, and determine if their project is an appropriate fit. Please email the OSAS AVP for Research and Program Assessment (Shanna Jaggars.2), or set up a face-to-face or telephone call consultation (via Diane Toogood.1). If you are interested in using the UNIZIN Data Platform as part of your research, you can consult the UDP data dictionary for more information.

For information about previously-funded proposals, see the list of SASR Grants on our
Projects page.