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 contributes to a campus environment which supports and encourages diversity and inclusion in approaches to scholarly work and teaching. We are committed to inclusive excellence, a quality that defines CU Boulder's passion to be on the forefront of change for a more sustainable and understanding world.




  1. Faculty members complete the online form for the IMPART application. Emailed proposals will not be accepted..
  2. Dean or Chair submits a letter of support using this online form. Emailed letters will not be accepted.

Note: Late applications or letters of support will not be accepted or considered.

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Frequently Asked Questions/Additional Information

About IMPART Faculty Fellowship Awards

The purpose of IMPART is to further develop a campus environment which supports and encourages diversity and inclusion in 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 areas of diversity and inclusion to promote inclusive excellence. In particular, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) would like proposals to support departmental Inclusive Excellence (IE) goals as stated in their IE narratives and plans. ODECE is specifically interested in providing support for faculty members (especially Assistant Professors) who initiate new research and scholarly programs, as well as, expanding undergraduate curriculum in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Student participation in projects is strongly encouraged.

Application Information

Applications are due Thursday, April 4, 2019 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 letter of support does not arrive before the deadline, the application will be considered incomplete and it will not be considered for funding.

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 costs related to research or scholarly activities. Participation of underrepresented students in the research or scholarly work is strongly encouraged and fellowships may provide a STUDENT STIPEND.
  • Assist faculty in expanding the undergraduate curriculum in the areas of diversity and inclusion and further the understanding of the importance of academic inclusion. Fellowships may be used to support new course development or integrating into existing courses diverse and inclusive perspectives. Fellowships may be used to purchase teaching materials and resources, or to provide for a STUDENT STIPEND.
  • 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. Awards may NOT be used for faculty salaries, including honorariums. Honorariums for non-CU employees are permissible.

Guidelines and Requirements

  • 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.
  • An individual may resubmit an application that was not previously funded. The committee strongly encourages applicants to revise previous unawarded submissions.
  • Proposals that have been awarded within three years of the application deadline will be considered after all new proposals.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online form by Thursday, April 4, 2019 by 5 pm; Hard copy or emailed applications will NOT be accepted. 
  • The required letter of support (LOS) from the Dean or Chair is confidential and MUST be submitted online by the application deadline. If a LOS is not inlcuded, the proposal will NOT be considered for funding.
  • Read the directions carefully. Refer to the required documents checklist below.
  • Award funds may not be used to fund salaries including student salaries. 
Budget & Financial

Award Expectations & Limitations

  • Awards are limited to $4,000 per proposal.
  • Award funds may NOT be used to fund salaries including student salaries.
  • Priority will be given to proposals from faculty who have not received an award in the last three years of the application deadline.
  • Award funds should be expended within twelve months of the initial award date.
  • 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. Each recipient will be asked to present an overview of their work at a colloquium.

If Your Proposal is Funded

  • Decisions regarding funding will be emailed to all applicants by mid May.
  • IMPART grant funds are available for one year, from July 1 - June 30. Exceptions to these dates may be made only upon specific request, and in order to meet the project requirements. 
  • 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 and returned to the IMPART account.  
  • If your proposal is awarded, a speed type account will be set up by the ODECE budget officer. Each applicant will be notified when funds are available for use.
  • Expenses shall not exceed award amounts and must stay within the line items approved.
  • Expenses must be directly charged to the speed type and funds may not be moved elsewhere.
  • Applicants who have received funding are required to submit a final report at the end of the awarded period (12 calendar months).
  • Funds may only be used for intended project purposes as stated in original proposal. Project specificaitons may not be changed at the end of the year to spend remainding funds.
Checklist of Items Needed for Online Application
  • Applicant holds a CU Boulder campus tenured or tenure-track professional appointment, which is a minimum of half time or more, or is a senior instructor
  • Name, title/rank, school/college, Dean’s name, physical mailing address, project title and brief summary, total amount requested, and the name of  those who will be sending the support letters
  • Project title and description
  • Project budget including line item detail
  • Summary bibliography
  • Letter of Support (LOS) from unit Chair or Dean – must be submitted online (emailed letters will NOT be accepted)