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Borse di ricerca su diversità e relazioni pubbliche: l'IPR apre la porta ai giovani di tutto il mond

30/05/2006
Come già segnalato ...  l' Institute for Public Relations Issues RFP seeking new research in Public Relations and DiversityThe Institute for Public Relations is offering grants to encourage new research about diversity and public relations practice."This research program will focus on the science beneath the art of relationships with diverse constituents, communicating with diverse audiences, through diverse means, to support the value of diversity," said Frank Ovaitt, President and CEO of the Institute.Funded by an initial contribution from ConAgra Foods, Inc., the Institute is seeking proposals from scholars and professionals for grant awards of $1,000 to $10,000 to fund studies in this area. The online application form and more information can be found at www.instituteforpr.org .
"Public relations is fundamentally about managing relationships for institutions, and how we identify and communicate with diverse groups is critical to success," said Michael Fernandez, a Trustee of the Institute who was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for ConAgra Foods, and now Vice President-Corporate Communications & External Relations for State Farm Insurance."But the core notion of diversity itself is different and changing. This will have profound implications for the messages we craft and the public relations tools we use for years to come. The goal of this research effort is to make sure that the profession is adequately prepared to meet the challenges ahead," Fernandez added.As an independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations, the Institute exists to build and document research-based knowledge in the field of public relations, and to mainstream this knowledge into practice. Thus, proposals that offer strong prospects for serving the needs of working public relations professionals as well as academics will have the best chance of receiving a grant.For more information:Frank Ovaitt, (703) 568-5611,  iprceo@jou.ufl.eduMichelle Hinson, (352) 392-0280, mhinson@jou.ufl.edu
________________________________________________________________________________GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES  
Selection ProcessThe Institute grants for research into diversity and public relations are competitive and will be judged using a blind review process. The proposals will be judged by selected members of the Institute's diversity research advisory panel and the Commission on International Public Relations.Application Method and DeadlineInitial application must be made online through a form available on the Institute's website,  www.instituteforpr.org . All other materials (described below) must be submitted electronically. For consideration in 2006, the online application and all materials must be received no later than September 30, 2006.After submitting your initial application line, all of the following must be emailed to Michelle Hinson at mhinson@jou.ufl.edu , preferably as Microsoft Word (or comparable program) attachments.1. Project abstract and amount of funding request (250 words maximum). Please DO NOT include your name or other identifiable information in the abstract but make sure that the title of the proposed study is EXACTLY THE SAME as in your online application.2. Full project proposal (2,000 words or less describing proposed project, how it corresponds to relevant themes in the RFP, methods to be used, timetable for completion). Include a line-item budget that briefly describes how the funds will be used. Please DO NOT include your name or other identifiable information in the full proposal but make sure that the title of the proposed study is EXACTLY THE SAME as in your online application.3. Curriculum vitae or professional resume for each applicant.4. Highlight your past research in areas relevant to the RFP.CriteriaEntries will be judged on:1. Potential contribution to the advancement of research-based knowledge in the field of public relations and diversity (as defined above, i.e., relationships with diverse constituents, communicating with diverse audiences, through diverse means, and supporting the value of diversity).2. The overall significance, design quality and feasibility of the proposed study, in conformance with accepted scholarly and legal research methods.3. The potential for widespread distribution and practical application of the research findings.4. The quality of the written proposal.Ownership and Publication Rights1. All applications become the property of the Institute for Public Relations and cannot be returned.2. If your proposal is selected for funding, your acceptance of the grant will give the Institute full rights to copyright, publish, abstract and publicize your research on the Institute website and through any other means.3. The Institute will publicly announce grant recipients and their research topics.4. Final research reports from grant recipients must be made available to the Institute electronically (preferably Microsoft Word or other standard word processing program).5. The Institute strongly encourages publication and presentation of research it commissions in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. To this end, we will be flexible and work with research authors to accomplish this, consistent with our goal of mainstreaming research-based knowledge into actual practice as quickly as possible.6. Any publication or other dissemination of the funded work carried out by grant recipients should clearly acknowledge the support of the Institute for Public Relations. Copies of such publications or other materials should be forwarded to the Institute.Grant Disbursements1. The Institute for Public Relations may decide to fund any project at a different level than requested.2. Institute research grants may be distributed in two or more installments. The first payment, typically about 40% of the grant, is provided after the research contract is signed. The final payment is distributed following receipt and approval of the final research paper.3. The grant is to be used solely for the completion of the research project, not including institutional administrative costs.4. All grants expire at the end of one year. If a project is not completed by then, any payments made up to that time must be returned.5. Completion means that the grant recipient has provided the Institute with a final research paper that includes a clear executive summary suitable for reaching practitioners as well as academics, description of the research results and any related work still in progress, and how the project furthered understanding of diversity and public relations.

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