We are pleased to invite proposals for the Inclusive History Project’s (IHP) Fund for Research and Engagement. Through this funding program, we invite people across the University of Michigan's (U-M) three campuses to join our efforts to develop deeper knowledge of U-M’s history through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens and to engage partners and audiences both on and off our campuses.

The IHP operates as a hub for a range of activities and partnerships related to its mission to produce and share an inclusive and wide-ranging history of the University of Michigan. The IHP therefore seeks to fund compelling research and engagement projects that originate outside of the IHP and advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the university’s past with regard to DEI. Such projects may inform future reparative actions recommended by the IHP. For more on the IHP’s mission and activities related to research, engagement, and reparative action, please see A Design for the Inclusive History Project.

We welcome proposals for a wide range of research projects, creative endeavors, and engagement activities. These may include both new ideas and existing projects that need support to complete or expand their work. In addition, successful projects that are supported by the IHP Fund may be eligible for additional funding in the future, through scaling up as affiliate project sites that operate in direct partnership with the IHP.

Faculty, staff, students, and units are invited to apply, and may apply as individuals or collaborative teams. While project leads must be currently affiliated with U-M, community partners or organizations are welcome to participate in project teams. The IHP is especially interested in projects that involve multigenerational teams, promote collaboration across units and campuses, and facilitate engagement with diverse audiences.

Two types of grants are available: mini-grants up to $3K and large grants up to $25K. For details about each grant, including eligibility and how to apply, please see below.

The proposal deadline for both types of grants is Friday, April 5, 2024, with letters of endorsement due by Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Mini-grants are intended for undergraduate and graduate students as well as smaller-scale activities. Projects funded through mini-grants should focus on research, engagement, and/or creative practice. Examples may include (but are not limited to) histories of particular student organizations, walking tours, collections of materials, exhibitions, presentations, mini-conferences, and publications, including zines.

Large grants are designed to fund the design and implementation of new research and engagement projects related to the IHP, to support the expansion and completion of existing projects, and to catalyze projects designed to engage our campuses and local communities in learning about the university’s history of inclusion and exclusion. The IHP is interested in proposals for a wide range of projects that include research on the university’s history and engagement in some form, which may include more traditional research projects, exhibits, walking tours, performances, workshops, etc.