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1 Seed Grants and External Funding Dr. Kimberly A. Tyler Department of Sociology

2 MY UNL Seed Grant The project studied the effects of neglect and abuse histories on pathways to homelessness among currently homeless young adults (aged years) and the consequences that such trajectories have on mental health outcomes. The project studied the effects of neglect and abuse histories on pathways to homelessness among currently homeless young adults (aged years) and the consequences that such trajectories have on mental health outcomes. The money was used to conduct approximately 40 qualitative interviews with currently homeless young adult men and women selected through two service agencies in the Midwest. The money was used to conduct approximately 40 qualitative interviews with currently homeless young adult men and women selected through two service agencies in the Midwest.

3 The qualitative interviews were set up to provide in depth information on the lives of these homeless young adults and give a detailed portrait of the factors that led to their current living conditions and the nature of their daily lives. The qualitative interviews were set up to provide in depth information on the lives of these homeless young adults and give a detailed portrait of the factors that led to their current living conditions and the nature of their daily lives. My proposal proposed that the pilot data collected would provide necessary background information needed for seeking external funding to study a large group of homeless young adults. My proposal proposed that the pilot data collected would provide necessary background information needed for seeking external funding to study a large group of homeless young adults.

4 Benefits of a Seed Grant Experience with writing a proposal Experience with writing a proposal Experience with questionnaire construction, data collection, fielding a study, and IRB Experience with questionnaire construction, data collection, fielding a study, and IRB Publications Publications Pilot data for an external grant Pilot data for an external grant Good for your professional development Good for your professional development

5 Incorporating the Pilot Data Incorporated into two grants: Incorporated into two grants: –COBRE – Foster Care –R21 Grant from NIDA My R21 proposal seeks to identify: My R21 proposal seeks to identify: Social network risk characteristics (e.g., drug-using peers) and social network protective characteristics (e.g., social support) on youth’s HIV risk behavior (e.g., IV drug use, risky sexual behavior). Social network risk characteristics (e.g., drug-using peers) and social network protective characteristics (e.g., social support) on youth’s HIV risk behavior (e.g., IV drug use, risky sexual behavior).

6 First Use of the Seed Grant First, in the preliminary studies section of my R21 proposal, I presented data that I obtained from the seed grant on pathways into substance use and trading sex; both of which were relevant to what I was currently proposing. First, in the preliminary studies section of my R21 proposal, I presented data that I obtained from the seed grant on pathways into substance use and trading sex; both of which were relevant to what I was currently proposing. Having this qualitative pilot data strengthened my proposal because a) it demonstrated that I had related research experience AND b) I had experience with collecting qualitative data and publishing with it. Having this qualitative pilot data strengthened my proposal because a) it demonstrated that I had related research experience AND b) I had experience with collecting qualitative data and publishing with it.

7 Second Use of the Seed Grant Second, I included my experience of having a seed grant/pilot data into the section in the grant entitled: Strengths of the Research Team. Second, I included my experience of having a seed grant/pilot data into the section in the grant entitled: Strengths of the Research Team. For example, I was able to comment on the fact that I had strengthened my skills and developed a concerted program of research that will help stimulate the execution of the proposed R21. For example, I was able to comment on the fact that I had strengthened my skills and developed a concerted program of research that will help stimulate the execution of the proposed R21. Specifically, I noted in the grant that I had gained additional experience with: a) sampling hard-to-reach populations, b) instrument development, c) questionnaire construction, and d) agency relations. Specifically, I noted in the grant that I had gained additional experience with: a) sampling hard-to-reach populations, b) instrument development, c) questionnaire construction, and d) agency relations.

8 R21 Proposal I noted that I had successfully carried out extensive qualitative work with this population and learned how to integrate findings from ethnographic field work into the type of survey methods proposed in the current study. I noted that I had successfully carried out extensive qualitative work with this population and learned how to integrate findings from ethnographic field work into the type of survey methods proposed in the current study. Furthermore I had already set up working relationships with community agencies that serve homeless youth during my pilot work. Furthermore I had already set up working relationships with community agencies that serve homeless youth during my pilot work.

9 The sum total of these efforts and my ongoing training provided the necessary skills and experience to facilitate the successful completion of the proposed project (i.e., the R21 grant). The sum total of these efforts and my ongoing training provided the necessary skills and experience to facilitate the successful completion of the proposed project (i.e., the R21 grant). In other words, the benefits I listed earlier of having a UNL seed grant came into play in several parts of the external grant and was definitely beneficial. In other words, the benefits I listed earlier of having a UNL seed grant came into play in several parts of the external grant and was definitely beneficial.

10 A Little Goes a Long Way My UNL Seed Grant: $4, My UNL Seed Grant: $4, R21 NIDA Grant: $358, R21 NIDA Grant: $358, R01 NIMH Grant: ~$2,000, R01 NIMH Grant: ~$2,000, Seed Grant = pilot data, invaluable research experience, publications, professional development, and external funding. Seed Grant = pilot data, invaluable research experience, publications, professional development, and external funding.

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