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Grants to Support Research and Scholarship for Change

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 grant cycle.


The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan (U-M) 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 members of the U-M community to support their work on innovative projects that will positively impact academia and society.

The current US sociopolitical climate necessitates rigorous interrogation of social issues. As such, in an effort to support research and scholarship for social change within the context of power, privilege, and oppression, the NCID invites grant applications relevant to ongoing social and political issues. Examples of relevant topics include but are not limited to: voter rights and voter suppression; civic engagement; political attitudes and ideologies; healthcare; climate change and climate activism; LGBTQ+ identity and oppression; race and racism; immigration and immigration policy; reproductive and women’s rights; social movements and social change; foreign policy and war; education access and reform; media literacy and consumption; and public policy. All submissions, regardless of the topic, must explicitly align with the NCID’s framework for diversity scholarship.

Of particular 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 or staff at the University of Michigan. Proposals that engage students are also strongly encouraged.

Application Process

Candidates must submit an application form including uploading the following documents by Friday, February 28, 2020.

  • 100-word abstract of the project

  • Statement of the project (no more than 5 pages), including:

    • 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 the NCID

  • CV or resume and biographies of team members and key collaborators

  • Letter(s) of support (from home unit, collaborators, and/or external partners)

  • 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.


Grant recipients are expected to:

  • Engage undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, U-M staff, and/or external stakeholders in the research process

  • Attend and support NCID-sponsored activities to enable interaction and synergy among scholars and practitioners

  • Present findings or preliminary findings of their NCID-supported research at at least one NCID program or event (details to be determined jointly between grant recipients and NCID staff)

Selection and Review Process

Reviews will be completed by NCID staff. Projects awarded will include a clear description of how the project will: 

  • Contribute to national conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and discourse on topics relevant to the 2020 presidential election
  • 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 March 2020 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 the 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 two-page final report within 60 days of the end of the funding period (report template will be provided). Grant recipients will be expected to participate in some kind of dissemination outlet; NCID hosts 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 a panel, lead informal coffee discussion, contribute to an NCID publication). Any changes in budget items or project period must first be approved by the NCID.


Please direct questions to Megan Segoshi (