Project Consulting

Methodological and statistical consulting for academics, public agencies and the private sector.

Project consulting is a fee-for-service arrangement. 

Planning for Research Grant Proposals

Faculty members submit research proposals through the Office of Research or the designated proposal submission centers (Lifespan Institute, Institute for Policy Studies and Social Research).  CRMDA helps with formulation of research questions, research design, and methodological plans.  We help with the "methods section" of grants. We ask researchers to consider planning CRMDA support as a component in their project budget.

Please contact the CRMDA about assistance with proposal preparation, especially if detailed calculations are required for the proposal. It is difficult or impossible to do "last minute" power analysis for projects with which we have had no involvement. Don't wait until the last minute.

Researchers who are planning projects are welcome to visit the CRMDA during the Open (free) Consulting period. Beyond that, the CRMDA director will allocate staff time, to the extent feasible, to assist with research designs and calculations that are needed for research grants.

When you contact us, please tell us

  1. The name of the granting agency
  2. The "Call for Proposals" or other material that describes the competition
  3. The deadline for the completion of the proposal
  4. The current state of the proposal
  5. Where CRMDA help is needed

Our experience indicates that researchers who ask clear research questions have the most success in grant preparation.  In almost all cases, we will start by making sure the research question is clear and understandable.  After that, we work on the plan for measurement (experiments, surveys, etc) and analysis. 

It has become very common for granting agencies to request/require a "power analysis" with the proposal.  That is a formalized statement of the author's beliefs about the data that is likely to be gathered and the differences that will be observed among treatment groups when the study is finished. We help with conduct of power analysis and have offered workshops about it.

Because resources are limited, we want to focus our effort on proposals with which we can be helpful and are competitive in the funding process. One way in which we filter requests for project proposal assistance is the "pay if you don't go" policy. Researchers who finish their proposals and submit them will not be invoiced for our time and effort.  Researchers who ask for our help, but do not finish their proposals, will receive an invoice for our services at the hourly rates on the Consultation Agreement.

Sometimes researchers ask "is it required for us to include CRMDA in the budget of the project?" The answer is "no, but we wish you would consider it." It would be inappropriate for CRMDA to ask for inclusion in a project's budget when the researcher is capable of finishing the project without our help.  However, if CRMDA assistance is required in preparation of a proposal, it seems likely CRMDA support will also be helpful in the implementation of the project.  We have standard language for inclusion in justification and budget sections of grant proposals.

Fee-for-Service Project Support

We can help by offering advice during the Open (free) Consulting periods. Please visit the Open Consulting page. We offer advice and discussion in that context.

Faculty members, students, corporations and not-for-profit agencies may choose to hire us to write software, calculate statistical estimates, conduct simulations, and so forth. We have a framework for "project consulting" in which we enter a formalized fee-for-service relationship.

Consultation Agreements

The project consulting relationship begins with the completion of the Consultation Agreement. The University-approved rates depend on the source of funding. The rates are listed on the following forms. Please pick the one that matches the source of funds.

1. Corporate clients, private citizens

2. Academic/Non-Profit Organizations, University faculty, students

3. Research Grants, State funds, KU department funds

The standard protocol is as follows.

  1. (Optional) Researcher visits during Open Consulting hours to discuss the project.
  2. Researcher completes Consulting Agreement and emails it to
  3. An appointment is scheduled to formalize the "Scope of Work", a schedule of assignments and a list of "deliverables".

A Special Note for Students (and their Teachers)

We respect the teacher/student relationship that is inherent in the cultivation of a student's thesis or dissertation. It is important that the advisor is aware of our involvement in a project.  As a result, students are required to have the advisor sign the Dissertation and Thesis Approval Form (pdf). While that is called the "Dissertation and Thesis" approval form, it also would be relevant for any sort of work which is being prepared for submission for a grade or completion of degree, whether it is called a "capstone project", "comprehensive written exam" or such.

Advisor Consent Form

Dissertation and Thesis Approval Form (pdf)

Preparing for Project Consultations:

  1. Please bring your research questions with you. 
  2. Please bring any data that you will be working with or an example of data that closely resembles the data that you will use.
  3. Please bring any examples of publications or work that you admire or would like to emulate.

If you have questions, please contact the CRMDA at 785-864-3353 or email 

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