The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Research Grants Program is open to researchers and graduate students from Ohio colleges, universities and other for-profit and non-profit organizations. OhioMHAS offers two types of research grants -- regular and small. Regular grants are available to researchers in universities and mental health settings throughout Ohio. Small grants are available to graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities. However, small grants are not restricted to people enrolled in graduate programs. The following links contain the official guidelines for submitting regular and small research grant proposals, the guidelines for submitting final reports for research projects and the required grant forms.
Research Guidelines for Solicitation and Evaluation of Research Proposals
Question and Answers:
1. We wanted to be clear that you’re expecting the evaluator to actually administer the CBCL and other measures to the parents.
Answer: Yes, the research team will coordinate all data collection and administer the instruments to the parents, as well as obtaining necessary scoring access.
2. In addition, do we know where the data collection would be taking place.
Answer: We will work with the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA) and use existing childcare sites. We will link the research teams with these early childcare providers around the state.
3. Are there schools currently using the Flip-It model? This has an impact for how we’d set up our design and budget.
Answer: OhioMHAS recently invested in FLIP-IT Train the Trainer certification. Our ECMH Consultants will provide the 6 hour training to the parents who consent to participate. I do not know of any specific schools that have this technology as yet.
4. Is the identified "grant period end date" of June 30, 2014 correct? It appears that the grant will be for a 12-month period, so I’m assuming that the actual targeted grant period will be from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
Answer: A no-cost extension is customarily given to ensure the project is completed; however, we must stay within the fiscal year for budgeting purposes.
5. Are ‘indirect costs’ allowable under this RFA? Since we are a university setting, we are required to show documentation of your ‘indirect cost’ policy. MU’s indirect cost rate is 42%, but can be lower if you have standing policies in place about what is allowed.
Answer: For this project we allow a 10% indirect and that must be included in the $75,000 cost (not in addition to).
6. Is the FLIP-IT training time frame already established? If you already know when the training services will occur, I can develop the evaluation around the exact time frame. Otherwise, we can estimate.
Answer: The training times have not been established yet.
7. It states in the RFA that IRB approval must be as a part of the approval process, is that still the case?
Answer: No. Applicants do not have to have IRB approval as a part of the application packet.
8. I don’t see a 617 form online.
Answer: The 617 form and the guidelines for grants is now online.
9. The website is wrong.
Answer: The Department recently went through a merger, changing much of the website information. The correct website to find the information is here.
10. I am confused by the budget time periods. Can you explain?
Answer: Due to state fiscal year budget constraints, moneys in the budget must be allocated in the year it was awarded. The end of the fiscal year is 6/30/14 and the budget period must reflect from start to 6/30/14. Naturally, the study will not be accomplished in less than a year; therefore, a no-cost extension will be granted to insure project completion.
11. Are there any restrictions on use of funds?
Answer: Funds can be used to for payment of staff on the study, data collection, travel, office supplies, analysis, etc… used to complete the study. The awardee’s budget will be scrutinized to ensure proper use of state funds.
12. Single or double spaced?
Answer: Single or double spaced is fine.
13. Are appendices allowed?
14. The deadline is December 8, which is a Sunday. Can we submit on Monday, December 9?
Answer: The deadline has been changed to Monday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m.