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Funding Opportunities, Activities, and Resources

Supported through the provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative, the Anti-Racism Collaborative will offer a set of grant programs totalling over $1.7 million to support research innovation and engagement of anti-racism research for public impact. These grant opportunities are available to all current University of Michigan (U-M) faculty, and also include opportunities for staff and student engagement. One goal in offering these different programs is to support scholarly engagement in our community for those at all stages — from brand new research collaborations and developing ideas, to building and expanding on existing research and collaborations in ways that advance knowledge and impact even more effectively and powerfully.

UMOR Anti-Racism Grants

The U-M Office of Research (UMOR), in partnership with the Anti-Racism Collaborative, will administer a grants program to catalyze interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research and scholarship on racial inequality and racial justice. Grants will range in funding from $50,000 to $100,000.

Learn more and apply here.

Research Seed Grants to Advance Anti-Racism

Drawing on NCID’s Grants for Social Change model, small seed grants will be available through the Anti-Racism Collaborative to support faculty research and scholarship on topics related to racism, racial equity, and racial justice. These grants will support new ideas or allow for an expansion of existing projects in ways that significantly enhance theoretical and/or methodological rigor, precision, nuance. Grants will range in funding from $5,000 to $20,000.

More information will be available in April 2021.

Think-Act Tanks on Anti-Racism

Grant funds will be available through the Anti-Racism Collaborative to support Think-Act Tanks focused on anti-racism. Think-Act Tank grants support workgroups of faculty from multiple disciplines in developing new, cutting-edge ideas and products (with “products” ranging from a collective research agenda to be pursued following the grant period, to specific publications, grant proposals, or other research outcomes). Think-Act Tanks are intended to mobilize collective scholarly communities toward advancing diversity scholarship that has a public impact. Each group will submit a proposal outlining a set of focused goals/outcomes/products that will be carried out during a 12-18 month grant period. Grants will range in funding from $15,000 to $30,000.

More information will be available in April 2021.

Knowledge Communities for Racial Equity and Justice

Anti-Racism Collaborative Knowledge Communities grants will provide opportunities for U-M staff and faculty to actively co-lead and collaborate on scholarship-to-practice initiatives to drive institutional transformation on campus and across the country on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For this program, Knowledge Communities may have the opportunity to engage with community partners and proposals should focus on a topic or issue related to racism, racial equity, or racial justice, and honor and leverage the expertise of all collaborators. Grants will be offered in partnership with the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning.

More information will be available in April 2021.

Grants for Innovations in Public Scholarship and Engagement for Racial Equity and Justice

The Anti-Racism Collaborative will offer grants to support the use, application, dissemination, and/or translation of research and scholarship for public engagement and positive impact. Funds will support individual projects, collaborative projects, or workgroups that seek to develop, integrate, and share novel methods and approaches for effective and useful public engagement of research on racism and racial equity (e.g., ranging from diverse forms of public writing and scholarship, to community-engaged projects, to public policy at local, state, or national level). Project proposals will be co-developed by U-M faculty or research staff and may have the opportunity to collaborate with a community partner, and ideally engage students and community members, as appropriate for the project topic and goals. Grants will be offered in partnership with the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning.

More information will be available in April 2021.