For me, diversity is also about attitudes, mindsets, viewpoints and ways of thinking that promote inclusivity that brings out the best features in the human experience.”
Eric Bloch Endowed Chair
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
Across many funding agencies (including NSF, NIH, NASA, and DOE), the need for researchers to address and include Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) has been made increasingly apparent, and within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the initiative for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) gathers together advocates and experts to support members of the SEAS community as they build the capacity to engage these topics.
As our commitment to JEDI grows, we aim to specifically connect research (of many kinds) to our efforts to build equity and inclusion as fundamental parts of the work we do in SEAS. More than a side project or a set of values, JEDI is what we do in our teaching, service, and research. Through this Micro-Grant program, the SEAS JEDI Committee seeks to support researchers (including staff, postdocs, and graduate students) whose research and scholarship connects with our JEDI values and commitments.
This micro-grant program supports researchers at any phase of their research as they seek to achieve one of the following goals:
Austin Angulo, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Eunsil Lee, Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Education
Proposals should identify which of the above goals you hope to pursue, explain your plan for undertaking these goals, and describe the intended impact of your research on SEAS students, faculty, and/or staff. Proposals should answer these questions and should describe the research activities you plan to engage with, including populations that will be affected, and articulate answers to these questions:
Proposals should be submitted by March 29, 2023. Recipients will be notified in late April.
Research activities should occur over the course of one year, between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.
All members of the SEAS community are eligible to apply for these grants; post-docs and graduate students should have a faculty sponsor and include a brief letter of support from their advisors.
Recipients will be expected to present the proposed deliverables to allow for assessment of the project at mid-year and the end of one year. Recipients must also attend relevant meetings tied to this grant.
In addition to financial support, recipients of this micro-grant will receive the following:
If you are interested in proposing for this RFP but need guidance, we can help. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to work with someone to develop and/or think about your proposed project.
Priority will be given to proposals that connect the outcomes to extended impact, circulation of findings in publications and/or that extend the project into a larger grant proposal. Proposals will be reviewed by a team of SEAS faculty/staff without conflict of interest.
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