Forms and Documents

Research Handbook

The Research Handbook provides ACU policy and procedures for writing internal and external grants.  Frequently asked questions and handy resources are included.  Download the Handbook (user name and password required) in .pdf format. 

Time and Effort Reporting

Abilene Christian University (ACU) monitors and documents efforts expended on externally funded projects, whether federal or non-federal in source, in compliance with “The Uniform Guidance” (2 CFR 200) requirements. All project directors and principal investigators for such projects (“PD/PIs”) are required to certify both their effort and that of other persons active on such projects led or supervised by PD/PIs. Effort reporting is required for all externally funded projects, whether federal or non-federal in source, following each academic semester (fall, spring, and summer). Reports must be signed and submitted to ORSP by the 15th of the month following the end of the reporting period (February 15, June 15, and September 15).

Time and Effort Reporting Policy and Form

Intellectual Property Policy, Policy on Research Misconduct

The following polices are now available for download (user name and password required) in .pdf format: Intellectual Property PolicyPolicy on Research Misconduct

External Funding Submission Form

Most funding applications are submitted online through the office of ORSP, while others are sent directly to the funding agency.  The external funding submission form must be completed and signed by the Chair, Dean, Director of ORSP, Vice Provost /Provost, University Counsel, and Controller before any application for external funding can be sent by a faculty or staff member. Please submit the form at least two weeks before the application is due.

Internal Grants Forms and Links

ACU Institutional Review Board

IRB Forms and Policies can be found on the Human Research & IRB page.

New in Reasearch

Dr. Ryan Jessup, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Jessup is interested in decisions.  What causes people to choose poorly?  How do learning and contextual factors influence choice?  In seeking to answer these questions, his research uses psychological models of motivation to distill the computational properties of decision making.  Computational modeling enhances research by requiring precision in theory formulation and constraining predictions.

One of Dr. Jessup’s primary streams of research concerns the behavioral differences between decisions when options are completely described vs. decisions when options must be learned about via experience.  Prior research found that individuals choose quite differently between the two paradigms but the reasons underlying the difference are poorly understood.  One of Dr. Jessup’s studies demonstrated that the reception of feedback overwhelms descriptive information, driving the behavioral differences between paradigms.  This work has led him and his colleagues (including Dr. John Homer and undergraduate researcher Allison Phillips) to build a new model that merges sophisticated decision making mechanisms with reinforcement learning in order to successfully predict behavior in both paradigms better than existing models. Dr. Jessup has previously received Cullen awards for this work and is currently seeking external funding to continue this fascinating line of research.

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