Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting to any of the streams in the Alo Grant is Friday February 21st, 2020. The 2020 Alo Grant is now closed. Dates for 2021 will be released in Spring 2020.

What is the purpose of the Alo Grant?

The purpose is to support innovation in the field of admissions and recruitment into professional training. The funding will be awarded to proposals that show promise to contribute to the broader admissions community. All proposals must focus on research, not development.

What are the streams of the Alo Grant?

The streams that will be funded are as follows:

  • The General Admissions Fund: Advancement of admissions-related knowledge to improve the quality of recruitment, screening, and selection in professional programs.
  • The Strategic Fund: Enhance understanding related to the use of the CASPer test, primarily CASPer-inspired research.
  • The Diversity Fund: Promotion of projects that focus on diversity and inclusion. The focus is on research that identifies and eliminates systemic barriers that impede career advancement and  foster recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the professions.
  • Other curiosity-driven research topics may be considered, but priority will be given to the streams listed above.
What is the eligibility criteria?

Applications must meet current standards of professions education research. Projects will be evaluated on the relevance and potential impact to the admissions community of the research question, the appropriateness of the research methodology and analysis, the knowledge translation and dissemination, and the feasibility of successfully completing the project during the funding period. All selected projects must complete an ethical review of the proposal. Although applicants are not required to be members of an academic institution, research teams must have suitable research training to conduct the research. Short CVs submitted with the application should include details related to research or topical experience. Grant proposals may be from a single institution; however, where possible collaborative grants across institutions are encouraged.

What is the funding period?

The project duration must be between 3-12 months (for “one year projects”), or no more than 24-months in length (for “two year projects”). The start date of the project must fall between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. For a more in-depth look at our compensation breakdown, please see ourCompensation Footnotes

What are the award details?

The maximum available funds per applicant is $10,000 for projects up to 12-months, or $20,000 for projects up to 24-months. Applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of the duration of their project.
Grant disbursement is as follows:

  • 40% at the time of ethics approval by the Ethics Committee from all involved institutions
  • 40% at the half-way point (upon completion of the interim report)
  • 20% when the study is completed and the final report is sent to Altus Assessments (the sponsor of the Alo Grant program)

Final reports must be submitted within 3-months of the study’s completion date. Applicants who are awarded funding but fail to submit a satisfactory final report by the specific deadline will not be eligible to apply for, or participate in another Alo Grant until a satisfactory final report has been submitted.

What is the proposal preparation?

Proposal are to be submitted via the submission portal. Applications may be uploaded as PDFs or by filling out the required fields. More information about how to prepare, and submit your application to the Alo Grant can be found on our submission platform, the link is here.

How is the selection reviewed?

Applications to any stream in the Alo Grant will be assessed by a panel made up of Altus research professionals and external reviewers. All applicants will receive feedback on their submission, regardless of the funding decision. Timing of the feedback is dependant upon the number of submissions received annually. Each proposal will be evaluated on the following areas:  

  • Problem statement/literature review
  • Strength of research design and methods
  • Analysis methods
  • Budget/resources
  • Implications to the admissions community
  • Overall clarity of the proposal
Funding decisions are not subject to appeal.
I have some additional questions. Who can I ask?

All questions about the 2020 Alo Grant can be sent to

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