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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the Grant Program​

Research Application

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Is the research grant intended to support studies that assess the program’s impact across the state (i.e., statewide) or its impact at a single institution?

​Between 2016-present, 113 institutions have been awarded It’s On Us PA grant funding. The research grant is designed to support studies that can illuminate the grant program’s impact across the state.

Proposals that focus on aggregate data from institutions across the state; a specific area of the state (e.g., Southwestern PA); or a specific sample of institutions are acceptable and will be reviewed to evaluate their potential for informing and advancing the goals and continuous improvement of the It’s On Us PA Grant Program.

What type of program information and data can PDE make available to applicants and recipients of the It’s On Us PA Research Grant?

Following approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) IRB, the Department can provide grant recipients with the following information:

  • List of institutions awarded It’s On Us PA Grant funding between 2016-present
  • Contact information for program leads at institutions awarded It’s On Us PA Grant funding between 2016-present
  • Completed program applications/proposals from institutions awarded It’s On Us PA Grant funding between 2016-present, excluding sensitive information (see Appendix A for standard program application template)
  • Completed final program reports from institutions awarded It’s On Us PA Grant funding between 2016-present, excluding sensitive information (see Appendix B for standard final report template)

This information is not currently available or directly accessible to applicants.

Would we be allowed to survey other the students, staff, and faculty at those institutions that received It’s On Us PA grant funding in prior years?

​Quantitative, qualitative, and mix-methods designs will be considered. Applicants that choose to employ survey methods may likely require additional IRB approvals (in addition to PDE) from any other participating institution from which the applicant hopes to recruit.

Please note that while IRB approvals are not required at the time of application submission, PDE will not release grant funds until any and all necessary IRB approvals are obtained and verified.

​Does PDE strongly encourage the engagement of human subjects?

​Quantitative, qualitative, and mix-methods designs will be considered. PDE neither strongly encourages nor discourages the engagement of human subjects

Do you have an estimate of how many colleges in PA would be part of an assessment? Or is there a consortia of active institutions that can be 'tapped into' for this process?

Between 2016-present, 113 institutions have been awarded It's On Us PA grant funding. The research grant is designed to support studies that can illuminate the grant program's impact across the state.

It is up to the applicant to decide how many colleges/universities to include in their study. There is currently no formal "consortium" of institutions.

Will a successful research proposal be expected to have written commitments from other institutions that they intend to work with, or can those commitments be sought after the project is approved?

​Written commitments are not required by PDE. However, if any IRB approvals are required by those institutions, they must be obtained prior to PDE’s release of grant funding. IRB approvals are not required at the time of application submission.

​Program Application

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Can past or current It's On Us PA grant recipients apply for the 2019-20 grant?

​Yes, past and current grant recipients are eligible to apply for the 2019-20 program and/or research grants.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on addressing the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant Program, institutions that have taken the It’s On Us PA pledge, institutions that have not previously received an It’s On Us PA grant, and institutions compliant with reporting requirements in section 2001-G of the Public School Code of 2010, “Sexual Violence Education at Institutions of Higher Education.”

I know that direct salaries or benefits are not eligible, but am wondering if stipends and other forms of compensation are permissible?

Grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries, fringe benefits, or operational rates. All budgets will be reviewed to evaluate appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Stipends are an eligible expense (for both the program and research grants) and will be reviewed for alignment, appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Are consulting fees an eligible expense?

Grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries, fringe benefits, or operational rates. All budgets will be reviewed to evaluate appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Consulting fees are an eligible expense (for both the program and research grants) and will be reviewed for alignment, appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Are direct salaries for graduate students an eligible expense?

​No, grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries.

Are program participation ‘incentives’ an eligible expense?

Grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries, fringe benefits, or operational rates. All budgets will be reviewed to evaluate appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals. 

Incentives may represent an eligible expense (for both the program and research grants) and will be reviewed for alignment, appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals. It is important that you explicitly delineate estimated expenses by type of incentive as part of your budget and budget narrative (i.e., identify what type of incentives are being proposed).

Are “small grants” to incentive and support faculty in enriching their curriculum/courses an eligible expense?

Grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries, fringe benefits, or operational rates. All budgets will be reviewed to evaluate appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals. 

Various incentives and supports for enriching curriculum/courses may represent eligible expenses and will be reviewed for alignment, appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals. We do not recommend the use of the terms ‘grant’ or ‘sub-grant’ to characterize any incentive or support structure designed by your institution - through It’s On Us PA Grant funds – to incentivize and support curriculum and course enrichment.

​Are mileage and travel eligible expenses?

Grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries, fringe benefits, or operational rates. All budgets will be reviewed to evaluate appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Mileage and travel are eligible expenses (for both the program and research grants) and will be reviewed for alignment, appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Is food an eligible expense?

Grant funds paid to the postsecondary institution may not be used for direct salaries, fringe benefits, or operational rates. All budgets will be reviewed to evaluate appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

Food is an eligible expense (for both the program and research grants) and will be reviewed for alignment, appropriateness, value, and connection to proposed grant activities and goals.

I’m just confirming that the budget/performance period is 15 months and not 12 months as it has been in the past?

​Yes, the 2019-20 grant performance period is 15 months (for both the Program and Research Grants).

I am applying as a consortium of two schools. I have identified a consortium program lead, but should I include the address of both of our locations in the application as well?

​Yes, the application should include the address and other relevant information of all members (institutions) of the consortium, including project directors, email addresses, number of enrolled students, number of sexual assaults reported, whether the institution applied for an It’s On Us PA grant in prior years, etc.

The consortium lead, however, should be clearly identifiable as any and all awarded funding will be distributed to the consortium lead. To expedite the contract, we encourage applicants to identify a consortium lead that already has a SAP vendor account with the commonwealth.

​General

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​I noticed on some pages of the RFA that grant funding is capped at $30,000 and on other pages it is capped at $15,000. Can you clarify what the cap is for 2019-20 funding?

​The Program Grants are capped at $30,000 per institution. The Research Grants are capped at $15,000 per institution.

How can I be added to the email distribution list for updates on the It’s On Us PA Grant Program?

​Please submit a request to RA-EDITSONUSPA@pa.gov

​Can you help us set up an e-grants account?

​This grant is not being administered through the e-grants system.