Call for Proposals: NEAIR Memorial Conference & Research Grants

NEAIR is pleased to open the call for proposals for two grant opportunities: the NEAIR Memorial Grant (Deadline Friday, August 30th) and the NEAIR Research Grant (Deadline Friday, September 13th). Please sign into the NEAIR member community with your username and password when you apply.
  • NEAIR Memorial Conference Grant. The Memorial Grant financially supports two NEAIR members who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference, particularly individuals who plan to share their knowledge and expertise with the NEAIR community.
  • NEAIR Research Grant. The Research Grant supports research efforts on your campus and, in turn, contribute to the learning and development of our membership.
The 2019 Memorial Grants will be awarded in honor of two longstanding members who passed away in 2018, Ellen Kanarek and John Kelley.* Conference grants provide funds to two members to help defray the costs of attending the 45th NEAIR Annual Conference November 3-6, 2018, in Newport, Rhode Island. The maximum award for 2019 is $800 each. Proposals are due on August 30th and recipients will be notified by Sept 16th. Please see the Memorial Conference Grant pages for more details.

The NEAIR Research Grant provides funds for members to conduct research of interest to the membership at large. The maximum award is $1,000 and may be used only for direct research costs. Please review the  guidelines for submitting Research Grant proposals and for more details on what costs can and cannot be reimbursed. Applications are due September 13th 2019;recipients will be notified by September 30th.

The Grants Committee is eagerly awaiting your proposals! Please contact us with questions.

Joel Bloom, Chair, Grants Committee
2019 Grants Committee:
Marlene Clapp
James Dick
Jerome Dean
Erin Dunleavy
Christy King
*Ellen Kanarek, a long-time AIR and NEAIR member and past president, passed away on 11/22/2018 in Princeton, NJ. Ellen was Associate Forum Chair in 1998 and a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee. Her most recent employment was as Vice President for Applied Educational Research, Inc. Her best-known research project in the higher education community was the College Board’s Admitted Students Questionnaire (ASQ), to which hundreds of colleges and universities subscribed, where she surveyed tens of thousands of students to explore the reasons why they selected their college to attend. Ever a volunteer, Ellen was committed to giving back to her profession. She joined the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), in 1986. It was quickly evident that Ellen was a future-focused, passionate and fully engaged member, heavily involved in coordinating the AIR Forum which is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, and planning. Ellen was a frequent facilitator, track chair, convener, presenter and author, led member outreach efforts, and was Chair of the millennium Forum conference in 1999-2000. Ellen also was very active in the regional North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) where she served as President.
John M. Kelley, a long time NEAIR member and dear friend to many passed away last year after a courageous battle with cancer. John was someone who lit up a room and welcomed all with a warm heart. John was the founding head of the Office of Planning, Training and Institutional Research at Villanova University, which he led until his retirement June, 1, 2011. After retirement, John remained an active faculty member and strategic planning consultant and was always available to lend a helping hand or a listening ear.