Examples of Successful and Unsuccessful Proposals

To see information about projects that have been funded in past years, see the Grant Recipients Table.  Information about older projects is also available at:


LAUC is unable to fund all proposals, unfortunately.  Read below for more information regarding reasons a project may not be funded.

Restrictions regarding travel to discriminatory states: According to the Cal. Government Code, state funds cannot be awarded for travel to states determined by the Cal. Attorney General to have discriminatory laws.  For more information, see https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887.  As of 2021, the states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

Common application problems: the R&PD receives many proposals that do not meet other funding criteria.  LAUC/UCOP has not funded and will not fund proposals that:

  • are missing any necessary approvals

  • are not substantially related to research

  • are primarily for digitizing and do not make a compelling case that the digitization process itself is the subject of the research

  • are for preservation and/or microfilming and do not make a compelling case that the process of preservation/microfilming itself is the subject of the research

  • are data entry projects

  • involve the day-to-day work of a library unit, section, department, or individual

  • are for planning meetings among individuals involved in projects, especially if the individuals already have established venues for meeting times and places

  • include funds to pursue a degree

  • involve lab work, unless it supports an underlying research project

  • include honoraria, unless they contribute to the research aspects of a project

  • predominantly involve consultants or researchers outside the Librarian series

  • have any applicant who is currently a member of the LAUC Statewide R&PD Committee