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Grants to Support Research and Scholarship for Change


The application is currently closed and will open again in fall 2018.

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.


Previous Grantees

2018 Grantees
2017 Grantees

To that end, grants to support research and scholarship for change are available to members of the U-M community 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 topics that align with NCID’s diversity scholarship framework. Also 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.


Applicants must be faculty and staff at the University of Michigan. Proposals that engage students are also strongly encouraged.

Application Process

The application is currently closed and will open again in fall 2018. The application consists of:

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

Project statements should be no more than five 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.


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. Awards may be given to projects that 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 January 2018 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 provide a statement outlining 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 NCID event, participate on panel, lead informal coffee discussion). Any changes in budget items or project period must first be approved by NCID.


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