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, due by Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5 pm.


  1. Faculty memebers complete the online form for the IMPART application. Emailed proposals will not be accepted..
  2. Dean or Chair submit 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 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 to promote inclusive excellence. In particular, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) would like proposals to support deparmental 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 ethnic and gender diversity. Student participation in projects is strongly encouraged.

Applications are due Thursday, April 5, 2018 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.

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.
  • 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 used to support new course development or integrating into existing courses significant ethnic and gender 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. cost sharing by the sponsoring unit will be viewed as beneficial to the application.

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.
  • Read the directions carefully. Refer to the required documents checklist below.
  • Applications must submitted through the online form by Thursday, April 5, 2018 by 5 pm; Hardcopy 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.

Award Expectations and Limitations

  • Awards are limited to $4,000 per proposal.
  • Priority will be given to proposals from faculty who has not received an award in the last three years of application deadline.
  • Award funds should be expended within twelve months of the iniitial award date, unless other arrangements were proposed and accepted by the award committee.
  • 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 the colloquium.

If Your Proposal is Funded

  • Decisions regarding funding will be emailed to all applicants by the end of April.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 theyear to spend remainding funds.

  • 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
  • Summary bibliography
  • Project title and description
  • Project budget including line item detail
  • Letter of Support (LOS) from unit Chair or Dean – must be submitted online (emailed letters will NOT be accepted)
  • 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