Click Here for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Proposal Support

The offerings included on this webpage reflect wide-scale efforts to broaden participation and engage researchers and their students from underrepresented groups.

Research & Innovation Office (RIO) Funding

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.

CU Boulder Campus Resources

  • 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.

CU System Funding

  • Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grant: Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grants fund innovative projects that promote diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the University of Colorado.

Federal Funding Offices

Foundation Funding Offices

Faculty Development

  • 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.

Online Find Funding Resources

  • 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.

Faculty Funding Consultations

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.

 

Select Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Funding Opportunities

 

Funder

Opportunity

Description

Deadlines

NIH

Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development  Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Small Business Concerns (SBCs) holding Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research or in the SBIR program.

Open Deadline
Expires Sep. 5, 2021

NSF

Broadening Participation in Engineering  (BPE)

The BPE program is dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce.

Open Deadline

FDN

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

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

FDN

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

FDN

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

FDN

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

NASA

MUREP Opportunities and Resources

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

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.

Sept. 13, 2021
Feb. 28, 2022
Sept. 13, 2022
Feb. 28, 2023
Sept. 13, 2023
Feb. 28, 2024

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

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

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)

FDN

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.

Possible June 2022: Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

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.

Jun. 1- Nov. 19, 2021 (Multiple)

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. 8, 2022

CMS

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.

A Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement is planned for 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.

Feb. 12
Jun. 12
Oct. 12

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

NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Workforce (K01 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

The purpose of this NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award is to enhance the diversity of the independently funded dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce by providing a mentored research experience for eligible postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty from diverse backgrounds, including those who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral 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

NIH

Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enhance the diversity of the research workforce who are available to successfully compete for independent research funding from NIH in the areas of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions.

NEW DATE: July 15, 2021

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 15, 2021
November 17, 2021
June 14, 2022
November 17, 2022
June 14, 2023
November 17, 2023

FDN

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

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

LPB

Latino Public Broadcasting: 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

FDN

Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship - 2022

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.

July 13, 2021: Contact Andrew Chiacchierini

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.

 July 21, 2021

SJI

State Justice Institute 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.

Aug. 1, 2021

FDN

Brady Education Foundation: Proposals for Program Evaluations

The Foundation is currently accepting proposals focused on evaluating programs that have the potential of helping to close the opportunity and resulting achievement gaps associated with race and family income.

Aug. 1, 2021
Dec. 1, 2021
April 1, 2022
Aug. 1, 2022
Dec. 1, 2022

FDN

The Women's Foundation of Colorado: Women & Girls of Color Fund

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"

Aug. 2, 2021

FDN

Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grants (Racial Equity)

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

FDN

Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grants (Community-Based Participatory Research Projects)

We invite concept proposals for community-led projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy.  Projects should have specifically stated social change goals. We expect applicants from academic institutions to apply with a community partner.

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. 27, 2021
Aug. 26, 2022

University

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.

Sept. 1, 2021

Private

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.

Sept. 14, 2021

NSF

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES)

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.

LOI: October 4, 2021

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.

Oct. 8, 2021

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.

Expected Early 2022
(Last: Jan. 21, 2021)

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. 28, 2022
Jan. 30, 2023

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.

Expected Early 2022
(Last: Feb. 8, 2021)

FDN

Open Society Foundation: Soros Equality Fellowship

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

Expected Early 2022
(Last: Feb. 11, 2021): Contact Kelly Dell

FDN

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.

Expected Early 2022
(Last: Feb. 17, 2021): Contact Kelly Dell

FDN

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children

The Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development.

Expected Early 2022: Contact Amy Hill

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.

Mar. 16, 2022

DoL

Summer Data Challenge on Equity and Underserved Communities

Addressing equity disparities in labor-related policies and programs is a longstanding priority of the Department of Labor (DOL). This issue was recently highlighted in the January 2021 Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities, which directs federal agencies to better understand how they are reaching disadvantaged communities, and then to address gaps that may be present in order to raise standards for marginalized communities and the population as a whole.

Expected Early 2022
(Last: April 19, 2021)
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 STEMM ission; 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.

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