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Grants to Support Research, Scholarship, and Change

Applications are due March 31, 2017

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan represents a commitment to affirm the central value of diversity, equity and inclusion in the nation’s communities, institutions and society. To that end, grants to support research and change are available to enable members of the U-M community to collaborate in innovative ideas that will positively impact academia and society. Project topics may include, but not limited to, diversifying staff, faculty and students, transforming campus and departmental culture, leading through diverse cultural frames, addressing critical issues through intergenerational collaborations and highlighting marginalized voices. 

Our grants program approach encourages application by individual faculty or teams of faculty, staff, and students and/or external stakeholders, given our goal of supporting synergistic collaboration among scholars and practitioners. This year, the NCID will begin by offering 10-12 grants of up to $3,000 per project for seed funding. Over the next year, NCID plans to expand the program to also include larger scholarship-to-practice grant opportunities.

We invite you to apply:

Our grants program approach encourages application by individual faculty or teams of faculty, staff, and students and/or external stakeholders, given our goal of supporting synergistic collaboration among scholars and practitioners. This year the NCID will begin by offering 10-12 grants of up to $3,000 per project for seed funding. Over the next year, NCID plans to expand the program to also include larger scholarship-to-practice grant opportunities.

Eligibility

Applicants must be staff and faculty at the University of Michigan. Interdisciplinary proposals bringing together staff and faculty are strongly encouraged and will be prioritized.

Application Process

Candidates will be asked to complete an application form including uploading the following documents by March 31, 2017:

  • 100-Word Abstract of the Project
  • Statement of the Project (no more than 5 pages)
  • CV or Resume and biographical sketch of team members and key collaborators
  • Letter(s) of Support (from home unit, collaborators, and/or external partners)

Statement of the Project narratives should be no more than 5 pages describing:

  • The nature of the research project and why the project is important to the applicants
  • The objectives and scope of the proposed project
  • How you plan to complete or make progress on the project
  • Specific products/deliverables that are anticipated through NCID support
  • How it is related to, and likely to advance, the mission of NCID
  • Budget justification/rationale, including other sources of funding

Ideal proposals will advance the mission and priorities of the NCID and bear strong potential to become a national exemplar.

Requirements

Each awardee will be encouraged to employ a team approach, partnering with graduate or undergraduate students, faculty, U-M staff, and/or external stakeholders. Awardees are encouraged to attend NCID sponsored activities to enable interaction and synergy among scholars and practitioners and present at one of these events.

Funding Decisions and Period

Funding decisions will take place in the Spring of 2017 and funds must be used within one year of receipt. 

Selection and Review Process

Reviews will be completed by the NCID Advisory Committee. Ideal candidates will clearly describe how the project will:

  • Contribute to national conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Advance the mission and priorities of the NCID
  • Incorporate innovative and cutting-edge research practices
  • Bridge research with engagement and/or translational work
  • Engage cross-disciplinary stakeholders
  • Be sustained beyond the funding period

Administration of Funds

Applicants may apply for up to $3,000 in funding. The recipient is responsible for working with the NCID staff to arrange for good stewardship of the funds. Funds may be used for travel to research or action sites, travel to conferences to present diversity-related research, student assistant stipends, supplies, guest speaker expenses, and other expenses related to the research or programming needs. Award amounts are final. Each award stipulates an expiration date, after which any balance remaining is returned to NCID. Awardees may not retain the monies if they leave the University of Michigan.

Reporting Guideliens

Applicants who receive funding must agree to submit a final two-page report within 60 days of the end of the funding period (report template will be provided). Awardees must also agree to participate in NCID related events and may be asked to give a talk based on the project and expertise. Any changes in budget items or project period must first be approved by NCID.

Questions?

For more information, contact the NCID at ncidinfo@umich.edu.