Program guidelines for Grants to Support Research in Social Justice, Human Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion

Application procedures

Applications follow the guidelines listed below. To apply, please complete the application form online. As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a file containing your proposal. Directions for preparing the proposal are provided in the following section.

Proposal preparation

You must submit a proposal of no more than five single-spaced pages (upload as requested in the online application). No proposal longer than five pages will be considered. All pages of the proposal should have one-inch margins on all sides and all type should be 11 points in size or larger.

Proposal reviewers are not necessarily experts in all fields. Therefore, the proposal should be written clearly for the educated layperson.

The narrative should be broken down into the following required sections:
  • Description — Briefly describe the nature and goal of the proposed project in terms clear to those outside your immediate discipline.
  • Context — Explain the background and context of the project and compare your proposal to existing work. If your proposal breaks new ground, explain how.
  • Project aptness — Explain why this particular project is appropriate for you to undertake at this time. Describe any preparations or progress you have made or any special qualifications you have which are significant to the proposal.
  • Method or plan — Describe the specific methods, techniques, or procedures you will use to accomplish the project’s objectives. Provide a timeline and approach for completing each phase of the project. (Remember that projects should cover one or two academic semesters, excluding Winter Term.)
  • Communication of completed activity — Explain how the results of your work will be made accessible to a wider audience.

The following sections of the proposal, while also required, are excluded from the five-page limit:

  • Detailed budget (one page maximum) — Funds can be requested for any approved university expense except for faculty salaries. Rounding all figures to the nearest dollar, please include line items for each of the following categories:
    • Personnel (total hours x hourly wages + benefits)
    • Supplies (please itemize)
    • Travel
    • Other
  • Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography — Cite materials relevant to the proposed project.
  • Biographical sketch(es) — Provide a two-page biographical sketch for each investigator involved in the proposed project. Each sketch should include an academic history and a list of scholarly or creative achievements (publications, presentations, exhibitions, performances, etc.).

Evaluation of proposals

A subcommittee composed of members of the Faculty Research Committee and the Undergraduate Research Committee will evaluate proposals. The subcommittee will consider the following factors:

  • Significance of the research or scholarship
  • Soundness of methodology
  • Feasibility
  • Likelihood of the work being communicated to the profession in an appropriate time period

Of secondary importance, but certainly weighing on the overall ranking of a proposal, are factors such as clarity and concision. Reviewers also may consider the applicant’s record of scholarly achievement relevant to the feasibility of completing the work. The bibliography will be reviewed to assess the investigators’ familiarity with the area of work. The subcommittee will review proposal budgets and recommend funding levels according to feasibility and the total allocated budget.

Contact us: program guidelines

Ron Scott
Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity
211 Roudebush Hall

Jim Oris
Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship
102 Roudebush Hall