2018 - 2019 Faculty Diversity Career Advancement Grant

The Faculty Diversity Career Advancement Grant is designed for BSD faculty members (SOM or BSD track) whose background and life experiences enhance the diversity of the Biological Sciences Division. Diversity is defined broadly, candidates are asked to include a diversity statement with the application describing their background or past experiences and how these contribute to diversity in the BSD.
Proposals are due the third Friday of each month from October – March. 

Check out our other grants program here.

Faculty at all ranks may apply, with preference given to Assistant and Associate Professors (Research Assistant and Research Associate Professors are not eligible). Faculty at the rank of full professor must include a rationale for how the funding will further their career development or enable the individual to develop new areas of focus.

Applicants must not have received a Faculty Diversity Career Advancement Grant within the last 12 months.

Track I: Professional Development – Up to $2,000
Supports activities that enhance career development, including external leadership training, creation of innovative programs or curriculum, or the development of a new research idea or partnership.  Travel to conferences will only be considered if the candidate is presenting at the conference and funds are not available through other means.
Track II: Research – Up to $5,000
Provides a means to advance research and scholarly activities with potential to lead to publication or applications further grant funding.  Research may be on any topic, not limited to diversity or health disparities.  Examples include expenses related to accessing and analyzing data, research assistance, and facilities or specialized equipment.  Faculty who are not from underrepresented backgrounds may apply for funding to support diversity –related research projects.

*If the proposed work requires IRB approval or exemption, provide documentation.

Deadlines:  the third Friday of each month from October – March:

  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 21
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
Funding Information
Funding Period:  Projects or research must be completed within 12 months of receiving funding.  Grant funds must be transferred to the appropriate department within 30 days of receiving the grant.

What we do not fund: Tuition, faculty salaries, recuperation of clinical revenue, implementation of clinical guidelines, equipment (including computers and clinical supplies), or activities that have occurred in the past.

If you are unclear whether your proposal falls within the guidelines, please email the BSD’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion for clarification at diversityoffice@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Proposal and Budget (2 page limit)
  1. What are you requesting funds for?
  2. Timeframe: when will the activity or research occur?
  3. Describe how this funding will advance your scholarship or enhance your career development.
  4. For Track I – Professional Development proposals: What are your goals and objectives and how will you measure success?
  5. For Track II – Research proposals: Describe your hypothesis, specific aims and research approach.  This must be written for a lay audience as those outside your field will review the application.  Show precision, depth, readability, relatability, and why it is important.
    If you have previously sought funding for research in this area you may upload that grant application or proposal in the “supplemental materials” section of the online application.
  6. For conference presentations: include the link to the conference and confirmation of acceptance (candidates may apply if not yet accepted; funds are dispersed with proof of acceptance).
  7. Other sources of support secured, if applicable (departmental support, grant support, start-up funding, etc.)
Diversity Statement
With your application, please include a brief statement about your background or past experiences and how these contribute to diversity in the Biological Sciences Division.