No longer accepting submissions as of February 23, 2020.

In partnership with The Steve Fund, the NCID is pleased to announce the next round of Pop-Up Research & Scholarship Grants! Pop-Up Grants provide an opportunity for scholars to actively engage in diversity research and scholarship around emerging or re-emerging social issues and timely disseminate findings to the public. 

Diversity scholars (with priority given to members of the Diversity Scholars Network) are eligible for this opportunity. Scholars may apply for up to $2,000 in funding for a 6-month grant period. Grant recipients will receive support in planning and executing a dissemination strategy.

We welcome proposals that focus on the topic of:


There has been an increase and prevalence in mental health issues among students, which can be a detriment to the students’ academic performance and general well-being. Academic leaders have identified mental health as their number one concern and are searching for evidence and guidance to better support students. Mental health issues can particularly affect those from marginalized populations such as people of color, low-income people, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and immigrants. We are looking for scholars to further our understandings around the experiences of marginalized populations and their mental health. Understandings of this concept may be approached in various ways. For example:

  • Barriers and strengths (e.g., related to structural, social, cultural, and identity processes)
  • Relational contexts (e.g., families, peers, natural mentors, networks, especially those not usually included as relevant to well-being)
  • Space and place (e.g., attention to climate in broader campus and day-to-day academic and social contexts, attention to region, digital media, virtual spaces)
  • Innovative interventions that may tie some of the above together
  • Historical approaches to understanding mental health among marginalized individuals
  • Cultural production that promotes and addresses mental health
  • Creative approaches to understanding mental health

Given the timeframe and goals of this opportunity, proposed projects must have IRB approval (if applicable). We strongly recommend that scholars use existing data.

Learn more about Pop-Up Grants.

Pop-Up Grant Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are released throughout the year. Some RFPs will focus on addressing specific themes or topics. To be the first to hear about the next Pop-Up Grant, follow NCID @UmichNCID or its Facebook Page. Applications will be open for up to four weeks.