Diversity Grants

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion helps support the growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students by offering grant opportunities for those who wish to further commitments to diversity and inclusion. These include the Diversity Research and Small Grants Program, as well as the Faculty Diversity Career Advancement Grant. See below for more details.

The Diversity Research & Small Grants Program

The Diversity Research and Small Grants Program offers faculty, staff, students, and trainees up to $2,000 in funding to engage in research related to diversity or has the potential to enhance diversity within the BSD.

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Application Deadline:  March 2, 2018
The Diversity Research and Small Grants Program offers BSD and UCMC faculty, staff, students, and trainees up to $2,000 in funding to engage in research related to diversity or has the potential to enhance diversity within the BSD. 

Eligibility:  BSD or UCMC faculty, staff, student, or trainee (graduate student, postdoc, or house staff). Must not have received a Diversity Research and Small Grant within the last 12 months.

  • Track I:  Enhancing Diversity within the BSD – Up to $2,000
    Encourages applications for projects and initiatives that investigate diversity related topics, health disparities, or involve underrepresented or sexual minority populations.  This track also supports diversity related programming, including external speakers.  
  • Track II:  Supporting Scholarship – Up to $2,000
    Up to $2,000 Supports the scholarship of staff, students, and trainees from diverse backgrounds. The award may be used to offset costs related to research, such as consulting services (e.g. transcription services, data analysis, computing services). The award may also support conference expenses, including registration, transportation, and lodging.  Priority is given to those presenting at conferences. 

Funding Period:   Begins April 2, 2018.  Awards must be transferred to the appropriate department account by April 30, 2018.

What we do not fund: Implementation of clinical guidelines, equipment or computers, clinical supplies, and 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.

Apply online via the University of Chicago Funding Portal:  http://fundingopportunities.uchicago.edu/
UChicago users can log in directly with a CNetID or UCHADID.  If you are a first time visitor to the portal and do not have a CNetID or UCHADID, you will need to sign up for an account. Once you have logged in, choose “View Funding” and search for “Diversity” to start your application.  You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Current CV or resume of applicant

  • Proposal & budget including the following (please try to limit to 2 pages):

    • What are you requesting funds for? Include hypothesis, specific aims and research approach (if applicable).

    • When the activity will occur.

    • How the project or applicant addresses the priorities of the grant.

    • Other sources of support secured, if applicable (departmental support, grant support, start-up funding, etc.) .

    • If you do not receive this grant, how will this activity be funded?

    • If you are requesting funding for presenting at a conference, include the link to the conference and confirmation of acceptance (candidates may apply if not yet accepted; funds are dispersed with proof of acceptance).

  • For Students, Trainees, and Research Staff: Statement of support from your Faculty mentor, Department Chair or Section Chief – this can be brief and uploaded through the online application or sent via email to: diversityoffice@bsd.uchicago.edu

  • Department Account Number: If awarded, department account number grant funds will be transferred to.

  • Diversity statement: With your application, include a brief statement about your background or past experiences and how these contribute to diversity in the Biological Sciences Division.

  • IRB Approval: If the proposed work requires IRB approval or exemption, provide documentation.

The Faculty Diversity Career Advancement Grant

In an effort to support career advancement, the fund provides up to $5,000 to support the scholarship endeavors of faculty from diverse backgrounds.

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Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

In an effort to support career advancement, the fund provides up to $5,000 to support the scholarship endeavors of BSD faculty from diverse backgrounds.

Purpose: This grant supports the scholarship of BSD faculty from underrepresented backgrounds in an effort to promote their career advancement.

Eligibility: 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. 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.  

  • 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.

Funding Period:  Begins April 2, 2018.  Awards must be transferred to the appropriate department account by Monday April 30.

What we do not fund: 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.

Application Requirements

Apply online via the University of Chicago Funding Portal:  http://fundingopportunities.uchicago.edu/
UChicago users can log in directly with a CNetID or UCHADID.  If you are a first time visitor to the portal and do not have a CNetID or UCHADID, you will need to sign up for an account. Once you have logged in, choose “View Funding” and search “Diversity” to start your application.  You will be asked to submit the following:

  • Current CV 

  • Statement of support from your Department Chair or Section Chief – may be brief and uploaded through the portal or sent via email to: diversityoffice@bsd.uchicago.edu
  • Proposal & budget including the following (please try to limit to 2 pages):

    • What are you requesting funds for? Include hypothesis, specific aims and research approach (if applicable).
    • Other sources of support secured, if applicable (departmental support, grant support, start-up funding, etc.)
    • If you do not receive this grant, how will this activity be funded?
    • Describe how this funding will advance your scholarship or enhance your career development.
    • If you are requesting funding for presenting at a conference, include a link to the conference and confirmation of acceptance (candidates may apply if not yet accepted; funds are dispersed with proof of acceptance).
  • Department Account Number: If awarded, department account number grant funds will be transferred to.

  • Diversity statement: With your application, include a brief statement about your background or past experiences and how these contribute to diversity in the Biological Sciences Division.

  • IRB Approval: If the proposed work requires IRB approval or exemption, provide documentation.