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Funder & Opportunity

Description

Deadlines

NSF

Broadening Participation in Engineering  (BPE)

The BPE program is dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. BPE has four tracks: Planning and Conference Grants; Research in Broadening Participation in Engineering; Inclusive Mentoring Hubs (IMHubs); and Centers for Equity in Engineering (CEE).

Open Deadlines & Multiple Deadlines

NIH

Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) (K99/R00 and UE5)

Part of NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. The program has two components: an institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreement (UE5) and an individual postdoctoral career transition award (K99/R00) to enhance diversity.

Multiple Deadlines

Ford Foundation

Idea Submission

The Ford Foundation is always open to new ideas, and we welcome your input. Please keep in mind that in relation to the large number of worthwhile submissions we receive, our funds are limited: In a typical year, less than one percent of unsolicited grant ideas result in funding. We ask that you please submit ideas through this form, and refrain from contacting program officers directly. If we are interested in learning more about your idea, you will hear from us within 45 days.

Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health, with an explicit emphasis on advancing racial equity. We recognize that achieving racial equity is not possible without a focus on the foundational and structural drivers of health, often referred to as the social determinants of health (e.g., housing, education, built environment, economic opportunity, law enforcement, and others). Therefore, we partner with researchers, practitioners, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers to develop evidence about what works to dismantle or remedy unjust systems and practices and produce more equitable outcomes for people and communities of color. 

Contact Amy Hill

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

As our current reality underscores, we live in a dynamic world—where unforeseen global events; new technologies; scientific discoveries; changes in our climate, economy, demographics; and more—continually shape where and how we live, learn, work and play. These changes will profoundly impact health equity in our society, from our individual health and the health of our families to the health of our communities.

What dramatic changes might we see in the next 5 to 15 years? What can we do today to create a better, more equitable tomorrow?   

We seek to answer these questions, anticipate the future, and support unconventional approaches and breakthrough ideas that can help lead the way to a future where everyone in the United States can live their healthiest life possible.

Contact Amy Hill

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

NSF

Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity  (GOLD)

The GOLD Program supports the mission of achieving greater and more systemic diversity by creating a network of champions who can generate greater implementation of evidence-based best practices and resources to promote belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (BAJEDI) throughout the geoscience education, research enterprise and workforce.

Open Deadline

Ford Foundation

JustFilms

We support artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.

Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Higher Learning program supports inclusive humanities education and diverse learning environments-spaces where the ideas that enrich our understanding of a complex world are created and elevated.

Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

Latinx Artist Fellowship

Administered by the US Latinx Art Forum in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts and supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, this award is the first significant prize of its kind and celebrates the plurality and diversity of Latinx artists and aesthetics. Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

William T. Grant Foundation

“We believe that our Foundation should nurture creative scientists who address broad issues and work in interdisciplinary ways to assist young people to reach their full potential.”

Contact Kelly Dell

NASA

MUREP Opportunities and Resources

Through Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) activities, NASA supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions and other  MSIs, through multi-year research grants. Facilitates the formation of MSl-led coalitions to broaden participation in engineering, enabling MSls to organize and lead coalitions comprised of multiple organizations, institutions, agencies, and industries to implement novel programmatic endeavors or support the expansion of existing successful programs or methodologies to address critical challenges with broad impact. CU Boulder participation could be as a partner.

Multiple Deadlines

Department of Labor (DOL)

Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) Current Studies

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy.

Multiple Deadlines

NSF

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-Ascend)

MPS-Ascend aims to support “postdoctoral Fellows who will broaden the participation of groups that are underrepresented in MPS fields… The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help broadening participation within MPS fields.”

January 06, 2022

2023 date TBA

DOJ: NIJ

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Justice System

NIJ seeks applications for funding of investigator-initiated research examining how observed racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system might be reduced through public policy interventions at any point during the administration of justice. NIJ seeks applications for funding from two categories of researchers:

  1. W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars – Researchers who are advanced in their careers (awarded a terminal degree at least seven years prior to December 31, 2021) may apply for grants for research, evaluation, and mentoring less-experienced researchers.
  2. W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows – Researchers who are early in their careers (awarded a terminal degree within seven years of December 31, 2021) may apply for grants for research and evaluation.

January 13, 2022

2023 date TBA

NSF

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.

January 18, 2023

Third Wednesday in January, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2022
Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

NSF

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)

BPC “aims to significantly increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post-secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, and to encourage participation of other underrepresented groups in the discipline.” The BPC program supports three categories of awards: Alliances, Demonstration Projects, and Supplements.

January 19, 2023

Third Thursday in January, Annually Thereafter

NIH

NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program (T32)

The goal of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is to develop a diverse pool of highly trained physician-scientist leaders available to meet the Nation’s biomedical research needs. Jan. 25
May 25
Sep. 25

NIH

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)

The goal of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.).

Jan. 25
May 25
Sep. 25

NIH

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The goal of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce.

Jan. 30, 2023

State Justice Institute (SJI)

Project Grants

Project Grants are the centerpiece of SJI’s efforts to improve the administration of justice in state courts nationwide. Project Grants are intended to support innovative education and training, demonstration, and technical assistance projects that can improve the administration of justice in state courts locally or nationwide.

Feb. 1
May 1
Aug. 1
Nov. 1

Mellon Foundation

Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures (Internal Limited Submission competition necessary)

The Andrew Mellon Foundation invites CU Boulder to submit one proposal every few years for its Sawyer Seminars. Topical guidance from Mellon: The Foundation is now fundamentally interested in the themes of social and racial justice. In terms of scholarly projects such as the Sawyer Seminars we will look for a strong focus on race and ethnicity and related intersectional analyses as well as those that focus on filling in the gaps left by more traditional narratives about the history and culture of the Americas.

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST February 2, 2022

Sponsor Application Deadline: March 31, 2022

2023 dates TBA

The Women's Foundation of Colorado

Women & Girls of Color Fund: Rural focus

The Women & Girls of Color Fund is a community-developed, community-led field-of-interest fund dedicated to investing in and partnering with women-of-color-led organizations that are working to advance the economic security of Colorado women and girls of color. "Exceptions that will be considered: Projects or departments at institutions of higher education that are led by women of color, girls of color, or non-binary people of color"

New topic anticipated early 2023.

Last deadline: Feb. 9, 2022

NIH

Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01)

Applications to enhance the pool of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in research areas of interest to the NHLBI. The career development will take place under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. It is targeted toward individuals whose basic, clinical, and translational research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations.

February 11, 2022

October 13, 2022

February 14, 2023

October 13, 2023

February 13, 2024

NIH

NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of the NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

NIH

BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00  Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) program is to enhance workforce diversity in the neuroscience workforce and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds in BRAIN Initiative research areas.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

NIH

NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22 No Independent Clinical Trials)

The purpose of the NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity is to assist postdoctoral fellows or individuals in equivalent positions to transition to positions of assistant professor or equivalent and initiate a successful biomedical career as an independent research scientist.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

NIH

NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08  No Independent Clinical Trials)

The purpose of the NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award (K08) program is to prepare individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

NIH

NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01)

The purpose of the NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

NIH

NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)

The purpose of the NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

NIH

NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22-No Independent Clinical Trials)

The NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity is designed to enhance the participation of highly trained early career investigators from underrepresented groupsin neuroscience research. 

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

Open Society Foundation: Soros Equality Fellowship

Open Society-U.S.’s Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support emerging mid-career professionals whom we believe will become long-term innovative leaders impacting racial justice.

Feb. 14, 2022: Contact Kelly Dell 

2023 Deadline TBA

ACLS

Digital Justice Seed Grants

ACLS Digital Justice Seed Grants are designed to promote and provide resources for newly formulated projects that diversify the digital domain, advance justice and equity in digital scholarly practice, and/or contribute to public understanding of racial and social justice issues. The project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities or of the interpretative social sciences. Amount: between $10,000 and $25,000

Feb. 15, 2022

2023 Deadline TBA

NSF

MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM)

“The MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM) program aims to fund an institution (or collaboration of institutions) to provide a mentored career development program specifically designed for two cohorts of MPS-Ascend Fellows funded through the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-Ascend NSF 21-573, and NSF 22-501) programs.”

Feb. 15, 2022

2023 Deadline TBA

Computing Research Association

Computing Research Early Career Award (Women, Minorities)

The Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA) is named in honor of Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-WP and is inspired by her commitment to increasing the participation of women in computing research.

The Skip Ellis Early Career Award is in honor of Clarence “Skip” Ellis; he was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and the first African-American to be elected a Fellow of the ACM. SEECA aims to recognize early-career individuals underrepresented in computing research that best exemplify the pioneering spirit of Skip Ellis.

Feb. 15 (Annually)

NIH

NIA Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide dissertation awards in all areas of research within NIA’s strategic priorities to increase the diversity of the scientific research workforce engaged in research on aging and aging-related health conditions.

Feb. 16
Jun. 16
Oct. 16

NIH

Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for New Investigators: (1) from diverse backgrounds, including from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research to conduct small research projects in the scientific mission areas of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and (2) who at the time of award under this FOA will have/have had less than $125,000 direct cost of combined research funding (excluding NIH training and NIH career awards).

Feb. 16
Jun. 16
Oct. 16

NSF

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields.

Feb. 20, 2023

NSF

Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community (CTGC) (Internal Limited Submission competition necessary)

Aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of people of color, LGBTQIA+, and persons with disabilities in the geoscience field. This program builds on previous iterations such as the GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) program which funded smaller planning and exploratory grants in this area in addition to NSF’s long-standing ADVANCE and INCLUDES programs.

CU Internal Deadline: Feb. 23, 2022

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (only for implementation projects): March 14, 2022

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: May 2, 2022

DOE
&
American-Made Challenges

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

Advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunities is a responsibility of the entire U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize fits into President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which promises to deliver 40% of climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities and, at the same time, inform equitable research, development, and deployment within DOE.

Phase One Submission Deadline: Feb. 25, 2022, 3 p.m. MST

Phase Two deadline TBA

NIH

T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to enhance the participation of individuals from nationally underrepresented backgrounds in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep disorders research across the career development continuum by providing support to institutions that promote diversity.

Feb. 28, 2022
Sept. 13, 2022
Feb. 28, 2023
Sept. 13, 2023
Feb. 28, 2024

NSF

Build and Broaden 3.0: Enhancing Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions (B2 3.0)

Build and Broaden 3.0 (B2 3.0) supports fundamental research at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and encourages research collaborations with scholars at MSIs. Proposals are invited from single Principal Investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from a group of MSIs. Principal Investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or Senior Personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work.

March 1, 2022

Further target dates TBA

UCROSS

FELLOWSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS

The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists is open to disciplines that include but are not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, ceramics, and collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines. In 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) granted Ucross funds to continue the program for visual artists and expand its reach to include Native American writers.

March 1
Sept. 1

Open Society Foundation: Soros Justice Fellowships

Open Society-U.S.’s Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system.

Dates TBA for 2023
(Last: March 2, 2022): Contact Kelly Dell

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists

The program will provide critical support to early-career Native artists with one-year awards to develop and realize new projects. The primary objectives of this opportunity are to support artists who are developing their voices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career. One-year awards of $10,000. Professional development, Convening, Culturally Appropriate Evaluation, Communications and marketing support.

Anticipated Early 2023
(Last: March 16, 2022)

NSF

Racial Equity in STEM Education Program (EHR Racial Equity)

This program seeks to address systemic racism in STEM through bold and transformative projects that provide tangible positive results. Proposals must be led by, developed, or authentically partner with individuals or communities that are directly impacted by systemic racism. This program is supported by NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) which seeks to support “bold ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM.”

March 28, 2023
Fourth Tuesday in March, Annually Thereafter

October 11, 2022
Second Tuesday in October, Annually Thereafter

USDA

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program is to increase the diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities.

Anticipated Early 2023
(Last: March 23, 2022)

NEH

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.

Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

Amount: $150,000

Optional Draft due:  March 28, 2022

Application due: May 9, 2022

NSF

EHR Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

Supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

March 29, 2022

February 24, 2023
Fourth Friday in February, Annually Thereafter

USDA

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. March 31, 2022

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program

This program seeks to support ONR’s goal of supporting efforts that improve STEM education, cultivate a diverse and talented STEM workforce, and fulfill Naval S&T workforce needs. This program seeks to fund projects that boost the impact of the STEM education experience and improve the capacity of institutions to offer such experiences. Projects must bolster STEM engagement with students of all ages from diverse backgrounds and provide people with needed Naval STEM skills.

Open Deadline: March 31, 2021, through March 30, 2022

DOD

FY 21 Department of Navy (DON) Science,Technology, Engineering & Mathematic (STEM), Education and Workforce Program

The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways of U.S. citizens directly relevant to the needs of Department of Navy’s (DON) current and future workforce.

Open Deadline: March 31, 2021, through March 30, 2022

Brady Education Foundation

Proposals for Program Evaluations

The Foundation is currently accepting Research Project (RP) proposals and Existing Program Evaluation (EPE) proposals that have the potential to provide data that will inform how to address disparities in educational opportunities associated with race, ethnicity, and family income.

Stage 1 Proposal  
Due Dates

April 1, 2022
Aug. 1, 2022
Dec. 1, 2022

April 1, 2023
Aug. 1, 2023
Dec. 1, 2023

NIH

Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) (Internal Limited Submission competition necessary)

The purpose of the FIRST Cohort is to transform culture at NIH-funded extramural institutions by building a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to diversity and inclusive excellence (defined below). Implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence within the program has the potential to be transformational for biomedical research at the recipient institutions and beyond.

CU Internal Deadline: April 4, 2022

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: June 12, 2022

Sponsor Application Deadline: July 12, 2022

Halcyon Fellowships

Opportunity Intensive

It began in 2020 with a cohort of nine social entrepreneurs and a commitment to accelerating the impact-driven future of business in our own backyard. While Opportunity Zones have been a polarizing topic, they provide a valuable jumping off point for identifying communities in our region that have been historically under-resourced to ensure innovation and investment remain in the hands of those who know and love these communities best.

Due: Friday, April 8th at 11:59pm ET

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Science to Achieve Results (STAR)

Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities

Through this opportunity, EPA is seeking to augment its capacity to conduct “community-engaged research” that will characterize the impacts of energy transitions on disadvantaged communities, identify ways to help maximize the positive impacts of the clean energy transition on these communities, understand the factors that contribute to the adoption of renewable energy and related technologies at the household and community levels, and identify and evaluate multi-pollutant or multi-sector approaches to achieve environmental goals.

April 28, 2022

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education

Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to U.S. higher education institutions and organizations developing equitable pathways to STEM graduate education for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Students.

May 1, 2022: Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

Russel Sage Foundation

Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S.

Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.

LOI: May 4, 2022

LOI: July 27, 2022

LOI: November 9, 2022

NIH

Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

LOI: May 24, 2022

Application Due: June 24, 2022

NIH

Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) Award (R16 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

SuRE is a research capacity building program designed to develop and sustain research excellence in U.S. higher education institutions that receive limited NIH research support and serve students from groups underrepresented in biomedical research NOT-OD-20-031 with an emphasis on providing students with research opportunities and enriching the research environment at the applicant institutions.

May 26 (annually)

NSF

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate  (AGEP)

Through this solicitation, the NSF seeks to build on prior AGEP work, and other research and literature concerning racial and ethnic equity, in order to address the AGEP program goal to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty in STEM.

LOI Due: June 2, 2022
Prelim. Props. due: Feb. 14, 2023

XPRIZE

Racial Equity Alliance

Education is a fundamental driver of change. It is an active investment in human capital. When done intentionally and equitably, education promotes greater public health outcomes, increases creativity, boosts economic advancement, and plays a critical role in eliminating historic inequities within society. 

Competitors in the Ideas Competition will be asked to describe an educational challenge specific to their community and/or the US at large and explain how their competition idea could help drive positive and impactful solutions to that key challenge.

Up to 10 winning ideas will be selected and winners will share a total prize purse of $50,000.

Deadline to register: June 3, 2022

CMS: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Minority Research Grant Program

The purpose of the grant program is to support researchers at minority serving institutions that are exploring how CMS can better meet the health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations.

Anticipate Due: June 2022

A Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement is planned for 2022.

NIH

NCI Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a continuation of an NCI program to enhance the diversity of the pool of the cancer research workforce by recruiting and supporting eligible New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators from diverse backgrounds, including from groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences.

June 14, 2022
November 17, 2022
June 14, 2023
November 17, 2023

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health Equity Scholars for Action

The goal of HES4A is to support the career development and academic advancement of researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds who conduct health equity research. Grants will be awarded to address the challenges that underrepresented researchers experience; help them overcome obstacles to earning tenure; and make progress toward acquiring independent research funding. Grants will support three aspects of career development: research, mentorship, and connection with a community of support.

Possible June 2022: Contact Amy Hill

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)

LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF)

The LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF) provides production and post-production funding to documentary films from the Latino American perspective (60 or 90 minutes only) that explore contemporary civic and social justice issues, incorporate a journalistic approach into the filmmaking process, and have resonance for a U.S. national audience.

Possible June 2022

First Nations Development Institute

Henry Luce Foundation

Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to support the exceptional creativity, progressive and critical thinking, and the potential of Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they move forward in their field in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities.

Possible July 2022: Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

NSF

Leading Culture Change Through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS)

The program aims to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in biology at scale through culture change by leveraging the leadership, broad reach, and unique ability of professional societies. As we recognize that disciplines and societies may be at different points in assessing and addressing their culture, the program has three tracks -- Evaluation, Design and Plan, and Implementation. We encourage you to check NSF.gov and follow the BIO blogs for opportunities to learn more.

July 1, 2022

NSF

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) (Internal Limited Submission competition necessary)

The NSF INCLUDES Big Idea is a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields.

Anticipated 2022, previous year deadlines below.

CU Internal Deadline: July 12, 2021

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: October 4, 2021

Sponsor Application Deadline: January 25, 2022

The Women's Foundation of Colorado

Women & Girls of Color Fund: Front Range focus (Larimer, Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams, and El Paso counties)

The Women & Girls of Color Fund is a community-developed, community-led field-of-interest fund dedicated to investing in and partnering with women-of-color-led organizations that are working to advance the economic security of Colorado women and girls of color. "Exceptions that will be considered: Projects or departments at institutions of higher education that are led by women of color, girls of color, or non-binary people of color"

LOI: July 13, 2022

Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grants

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social change by linking research to social action.  It funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States and Puerto Rico.  It gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms.  It also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.

Aug. 16 (annually)

NIH

Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

LOI Due:
Aug. 26, 2022

Application Due: September 26, 2022

University of Minnesota

Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA): Grant-in-Aid Awards

The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) offers Grant-in-Aid Awards to support a visit to Andersen Library in order to conduct research in the IHRCA collections. Awards are available through co-sponsorship by the Immigration History Research Center and the IHRCA through the ethnic and general funds. The award is for travel and research-related expenses. The 2022 award will prioritize applicants who identify as people of color, as well as those who identify as members of groups historically marginalized in academia and archives.

Anticipated Due: Sept. 2022

Redline Contemporary Arts Center

Arts in Society grants

Arts in Society grants will provide funding to support individuals and organizations who seek to implement projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare, including, but not limited, to projects responding to COVID-19 related needs. Grants will range in size from $5,000-$35,000.

Anticipated Due: Sept. 2022

Knight Foundation

Combatting Disinformation in Communities of Color

Knight seeks to fund research projects that will yield actionable insights to mitigate the effects of targeted disinformation in communities of color. This opportunity is open to a range of experts working within research institutions, including universities, policy centers, and journalism and civil society organizations within the United States.  Submissions are especially encouraged from minority-serving organizations such as HBCUs, Hispanic- and AAPI-serving colleges and universities, news organizations, and early-career scholars.

Anticipated Due Sept. 2022: Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

NSF

Broadening Participation in Engineering  (BPE)

The BPE program is dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. BPE has four tracks: Planning and Conference Grants; Research in Broadening Participation in Engineering; Inclusive Mentoring Hubs (IMHubs); and Centers for Equity in Engineering (CEE).

LOI Due: September 21, 2022
Third Wednesday in September, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal: November 16, 2022
Third Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter

PLEASE NOTE: The Target Date is for BPE proposals submitted to Tracks 3 and 4 only. Proposals will be accepted at any time for BPE Tracks 1 and 2.

African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)

Pauli Murray Book Prize

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2022 Pauli Murray Book Prize for the best book in Black intellectual history. Named after lawyer, author, and women’s rights activist-intellectual Pauli Murray, the prize will recognize the best book concerning Black intellectual history (broadly conceived) published between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, by a member of AAIHS.

Oct. 1, 2022

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Career Enhancement Fellowship

The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.

Formerly known as the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Anticipated Due: Oct. 2022

(Last Deadline: October 22, 2021)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice

This call for proposals seeks especially small and mid-sized urban communities most impacted by park and green space inequities to participate in People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice (P3)—a joint effort of RWJF and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, led and managed by Prevention Institute.

Anticipated Due: November 2022: Contact Amy Hill

(Last Deadline: November 04, 2021)

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

EJ4Climate: Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience

A grant program that supports underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to prepare for climate-related impacts. While universities may participate in project teams, they are not eligible to apply for funds without having a partnership with a community-based organization within the jurisdiction. 

Anticipated Due: November 2022

(Last Deadline: November 21, 2021)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums. The AAHC program supports projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums.

November 15 (annually)

NSF

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

November 18, 2022
Third Friday in November, Annually Thereafter

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

Supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Eligible applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent. 

Formerly known as the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Anticipated Due: December 2022

(Last Deadline: December 1, 2021)

 

New York Public Library (NYPL)

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture.

Anticipated Due: December 1, 2022

DOD

AFRL Future Scholars for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Development Programs

Supports STEM Workforce Development programs or projects that align with the Federal STEM Strategy and the DoD STEM Mission; encourages programs or projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and teachers, and prepare the 21st century STEM workforce.

Letters of Intent and/or Proposals are currently NOT being accepted although the program is still technically OPEN. Should funds become available, the FOA will be updated to accept Letter of Intent and/or Proposals.

RIO encourages proposals, project activities, conferences, and visits that support Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in all of our funding opportunities.

  • Seed Grant Program: Designed to catalyze new areas of research and creative work, the Seed Grant Program awards nearly $1 million annually to Boulder faculty across all disciplines.
  • Faculty Conference Awards: These awards provide partial support for planning and hosting conferences, both virtual and/or in person, at CU Boulder that promote and encourage the scholarship, research and creative work of the Boulder campus faculty.
  • RIO Travel Grants: Designed to facilitate faculty-funder relationships, travel grants provide funding up to $1,500 for faculty to visit extramural sponsors.
  • Distinguished Research Lectureship: This lectureship, among the university’s highest honors, recognizes a tenured faculty member for a distinguished body of academic or creative achievement and prominence, as well as contributions to the educational and service missions of CU Boulder. Past recipients include faculty from diverse backgrounds.

  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE): ODECE works to achieve the University's commitment to inclusive excellence and uphold it as a priority across the campus. The office fosters CU Boulder's vision for a diverse campus climate and works with students, faculty, and staff to implement the campus diversity plan. Programs and activities are sponsored by ODECE to engage the campus and community members in valuing our common experiences and celebrating our differences.
  • Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL): The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) fosters a community of educators dedicated to supporting teaching and learning, a cornerstone of our university. Our goal is to transform our teachers and students in their educational practice, inspire innovative and evidence-based teaching, and create a culture of continuous improvement. Through the CTL, we strive to promote a diverse and inclusive community of educators and learners who serve as the hallmark of our student-centered campus. CTL Events.
  • CHA: CFP to Address Anti-Asian Racism: The Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) joins CU Advancement, Kaiser Permanente and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) in a call for proposals from artists, activists, students, and engaged members of the CU Boulder and larger Colorado communities who seek to address anti-Asian racism through public-facing projects. Proposals Due: February 15th, 2022

  • PI Academy: This program orients early career, tenure-track faculty to CU Boulder’s research community and resources. Through the PI Academy, presenters and facilitators actively engage faculty on a number of “core” research development topics to ensure early investigators are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research, scholarly and creative endeavors.
  • Faculty Fellows: a campus-wide research and creative works leadership program that supports rising CU Boulder faculty interested in furthering their leadership skills to achieve maximum impact within and beyond the campus.
  • Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion (LEAP): The LEAP program supports tenure-line faculty at all stages of their careers. For pre-tenured faculty, a two-day workshop presented by tenured faculty, administrators, and professional staff is available. Associate professors are eligible to apply for LEAP-sponsored career-development 'growth' grants, intended to support the development of research portfolios on the progression toward full professor. The call for proposals goes out in January with a submission deadline in early March.
  • RIO Webinars: List of all upcoming webinars that the Research and Innovation Office is offering.
  • Racial Equity Tools (Glossary): Designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. It offers tools, research, tips, curricula, a glossary, and ideas for people who want to increase their understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.  We curate resources that use language and analysis reflecting an understanding of systemic racism, power, and privilege and are accessible online and free to users. (MP Associates, Center for Assessment and Policy Development, and World Trust Educational Services, October 2021)

  • SPIN: SPIN is a web-based, searchable funding opportunities database available to all CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students.
  • Foundation Directory Online (FDO): FDO includes more than 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; and much more.
  • Dimensions: Dimensions is an innovative grants and funder database providing insights into research activities from multiple perspectives allowing CU Boulder stakeholders to analyze and understand the funding landscape across the U.S. and around the globe.
  • RIO SharePoint Site—Featuring the Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter: Log in with your CU credentials and access “Documents” for university subscribed research funding newsletters and guides.
  • Philanthropy News Digest (PND): PND publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits. Sign up for free email alerts for funding opportunities in your academic area.

Contact RIO regarding a Faculty Funding Consultation
The Research & Innovation Office provides individual Faculty Funding consultations that will teach faculty more about using funding opportunity databases, including SPIN and the Foundation Directory Online. Consultations are used to help identify relevant opportunities and can also be customized to support trainings for groups of researchers. Please contact RIO to schedule a meeting specific to your interests.

Do you have suggestions about how RIO can better support your research and creative works? We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Email us: rio@colorado.edu