Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching (IMPART) Awards

A diverse faculty demonstrates a commitment to excellence, educational equity and global awareness, and CU-Boulder is committed to shaping an inclusive scholarly community befitting of a world-class university.

The IMPART (Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching) grant program develops a campus environment which supports and encourages gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity in approaches to scholarly work and teaching.

Click here to complete the IMPART online application.  Proposals are due Tuesday April 4, 2017


  1. Faculty memebers completes the online form for the IMPART application. Emailed proposals will not be accepted.
  2. Dean or Chair submit a Letter of Support from your Dean or Chair using this online form. Emailed letters will not be accepted.

Proposals should submitted online on or before the deadline on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 5 pm.  

Note: No late applications or letters of support will be accepted or considered.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the IMPART Awards

The purpose of IMPART is to further develop a campus environment which supports and encourages gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity in our approaches to scholarly work and teaching. IMPART Fellowships (up to $4,000) are available to CU-Boulder faculty.

The committee is interested in receiving proposals that are designed to improve the campus environment in the area of gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity that promote inclusive excellence. In particular, we would like proposal to support their deparmental inclusive excellence goals as presented in the inclusive excellence narratives and plans. We are particularly interested in providing support for faculty members (especially Assistant Professors) to initiate new research and scholarly programs as well as expanding the undergraduate curriculum in the areas of ethnic and gender diversity. Student participation in projects is strongly encouraged.

Applications are due Tuesday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. (The online application must include a budget, a letter of support from your Chair or Dean, and supporting documents.)   Note:  If the letters of support do not arrive before the deadline, the application will be considered incomplete and it will not be considered for funding. Start the process early by asking your dean or chair to submit immediately following your proposal to avoid rejection for late proposal.

IMPART Fellowships (up to $4,000) are available for CU Boulder faculty to:

  • Engage in research or scholarly activities that have a multiethnic or multicultural focus. Fellowship awards may be used for data collection or toher costs related to research or scholarly activities. Participation of underrepresented students in the research or scholarly work is strongly encouraged.
  • Assist faculty in expanding the undergraduate curriculum in the areas of ethnic and gender diversity and understanding the important role of academic inclusion. Fellowships may be in support of developing new courses or integrating into existing courses significant ethnic and gender perspectives. Fellowships may be used to purchase teaching materials and resources, hire student assistants in support of course development, or to provide a portion of a course load reduction in order to facilitate course development.
  • Awards may also be used for PARTIAL FUNDING (to a maximum of $2,000) of summer support.
  • Support the invitation of scholars from diverse backgrounds to visit campus in order to contribute to the unit in a manner that enriches the teaching or scholarly activity of that unit and the campus. Examples of visits might be those where the invitee participates in a speaker series in the unit, provides a workshop or training activity for students or faculty affiliated with the unit, or participates in the teaching activities of the unit. Cost sharing by the unit will be viewed as beneficial to the application.
  • Support colloquia, conferences, or workshops on the Boulder campus having an academic and multiethnic/multicultural theme. cost sharing by the sponsoring unit will be viewed as beneficial to the application.
  • Applications can be made by more than one person. Post docs and staff members can be included in an application with a faculty as the primary author.
  • You may resubmit an application that was not funded previously. However, it is in your best interest to improve the proposal so it will make for a stronger request.
  • If you received an award within the last three years, your application will have last funding priority.

Submitting an Application

  • Read the directions carefully. A checklist of required documents is below.
  • Applications must submitted through this online form by April 4; paper and emailed applications will not be accepted. 
  • The required letter of support from the Dean or Chair is confidential and MUST be submitted online. 
  • Applications that do not have a letter of support will not be able to be considered for funding. The letter of support must be submitted by the due date; late submission cannot be accepted.

Award Expectations and Limitations

  • Awards are limited to $4,000 per proposal.
  • Priority will be given to the review of proposals from faculty who has not received an award in the last three years. If you have received an IMPART award within the last three years, your proposal will have the lowest priority.
  • Award funds should be expended within twelve months of the original date of the initial award unless other arrangements are proposed as part of application.
  • A report on the outcome(s) of the project will be required one year after the award's issuance. ODECE will sponsor campus-wide colloquium in honor of the recipients and all will be asked to present an overview of their work.

If Your Proposal is Funded

  • All applicants will be notified via email with funding decisions by end of April. 
  • The IMPART grant funds are available for one year, from July 1st through June 30th.  Exceptions to these dates may be made only upon specific request and in order to meet the project’s timeline. 
  • If the project hasn’t been started and monies have not been used within one year of the funding decision, monies will be swept from the fundee’s account to the IMPART account.  
  • If your proposal is awarded, a speed type account will be set up by the ODECE budget officer. You will be notified when funds are available to use.
  • Funded applicants must submit a final report at the end of the funding period (12 calendar months).
  • Funding can only be spent for the project submitted and cannot be changed at the end of the year to spend remainder funds.

  • Applicant holds a Boulder campus tenured or tenure track professional appointment, which is a minimum of half time or more or is a senior instructor
  • Summary bibliography
  • Project name and description
  • Project budget with line item detail
  • Letter of Support from Chair or Dean – must be submitted online (emailed letters will not be accepted)
  • Name, title/rank, school/college, Dean’s name, mailing address, title and brief summary of project, total amount requested, and the name of  those who will be sending the support letters