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Grants to Support Research and Scholarship for Change

 

The application is due January 28, 2019.

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 Scholarship for Change are available to University of Michigan faculty and staff to support their work on innovative projects that will positively impact academia and society.

We invite research and scholarly projects on topics related to NCID’s current priority areas and initiatives, as well as projects on any topic that align with NCID’s diversity scholarship framework. Of interest are projects that are interdisciplinary, that cross disciplinary boundaries in terms of theory or methodology, and/or involve interdisciplinary collaborators. These grants are offered annually for a one-year duration and applicants may apply for up to $5,000 in funding.

Eligibility

Applicants must be faculty or staff at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint). Proposals that engage students are also strongly encouraged.

Application Process

The application consists of:

  • 100-word abstract of the project.
  • Statement of the project (no more than five pages, double-spaced).
  • CV or resume of lead investigator. Biographical sketch of all team members.
  • Letter(s) of support (from home unit, collaborators, and/or external partners).

Project statements should be no more than five pages describing:

  • The nature and importance of the project
  • The objectives and scope of the proposed project
  • Progress on the project that you plan to make during the award period, including your plan of completing the project
  • Specific products/deliverables that are anticipated through NCID support
  • How it is related to, and likely to advance, the mission of NCID

Requirements

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

Selection and Review Process

Reviews will be completed by the NCID Advisory Committee. Ideal proposals will include a clear description of 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

Funding Decisions and Period

Funding decisions will take place in February 2019 and funds must be used within one year of receipt.

Administration of Fund

Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 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 (no more than 50% of budget should go towards travel). If funding for students is budgeted, please outline how the student will receive mentorship and professional development through the project.

Ineligible expenses

Budget proposals should not include:

  • Salary (for faculty or full-time staff)
  • Travel expenses not directly related to research/scholarship activity
  • Curricular development

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 Guidelines

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). Grant recipients may be asked to participate in NCID related events relevant to their project topic and/or asked to share their expertise and project outcomes in formal or informal ways (e.g., give a talk based on project at an NCID event, participate on a panel, lead an informal coffee discussion). Any changes in budget items or project period must first be approved by NCID.

Inquiries

Please send questions to NCIDgrants@umich.edu.