Support grants for racial and ethnic studies: proposals due April 7

Four categories of grant opportunites are made available by the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity each fiscal year. Below is a brief description of each category. For a more complete explanation of each category, including eligibility, format requirements, and deadlines, click on the links below.

CATEGORY A – (Research): To support scholarly research on racial and ethnic topics with the intention of publication.

CATEGORY B – (Curriculum Development): To support the development and teaching of new courses pertaining to racial and ethnic topics.

CATEGORY C – (Campus Activities): A miscellaneous category designed to support campus activities, guest lectures, fine arts performances, and/or other events re. race, ethnicity, and diversity.

FACULTY DIVERSITY RESEARCH AWARDS – To provide released time and research support for categories of individuals who are tenure-track faculty members for their scholarly research and writing, thus enhancing their opportunities for achieving tenure.

See a list of current and former recipients.

Due Date: “Hard copies” of your proposal must be sent to the Institute office and postmarked no later than Monday, April 7, 2008. This deadline is firm! Proposals postmarked after that date will be returned unread to submitters.
Copies: Eight (8). Attempt to use a single staple to assemble each copy, including any appendices or attachments.

Eligibility: Varies for each of the four categories. Click below on each grant type for specific details.

Funding: Maximum dollar amounts vary for each funding category. The Institute reserves the right to partially fund a proposal. Depending upon the budget request and Institute decisions, the transfer of grant funds will be made under three categories of use: (i) salaries/personnel; (ii) supplies-and-expenses; and (iii) student hourly help. (If funds for salaries/personnel and/or student hourly help are included, the receiving campus/department is responsible for any relevant fringe benefits.) Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by the week of June 23, 2008. Award monies will be transferred to the appropriate campus and department via a budget transfer after the start of the 2008-09 fiscal year. Grant funds must be encumbered and fully utilized prior to the end of the 2008-09 fiscal year, i.e., June 30, 2009. Any portion of the award not to be used for the purposes intended must be returned to the Institute by May 8, 2009, or the campus/department will be responsible for reimbursing the Institute for the unused amount in the subsequent fiscal year (FY 2009-10). The likelihood of funding will be enhanced if your proposal includes collaboration between faculty/staff of more than one UW System campus, and/or the integration of other UW System grant initiatives such as those from Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and Learning and Information Technology (OLIT). See:

Final Reports: Written final reports, including a thorough accounting of expenditures, will be due for all Category A, B, and C Grants no later than June 30, 2009. We will be particularly interested in any impact or outgrowth that the grant has generated. See the section on Faculty Diversity Research Awards for information on their final reports. If the submitter previously has received an IRE grant and failed to submit a final report, the IRE reserves the right to deny funding.

Other Information: Applicants are responsible for checking on individual campus procedures regarding the submission of grants before sending their proposals directly to the Institute. The decisions and evaluations of the Institute’s reading committee are considered final and confidential. Individuals may submit only one proposal per fiscal year, and may not resubmit a proposal that previously has been funded. Submitters should keep in mind that members of the grant evaluation committee come from a variety of academic disciplines, thus proposals should be written in language that is not overly technical and is comprehensible to a more general academic audience.

Thomas Tonnesen, Associate Director
UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity
c/o UW-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: (414) 229-4700
Fax: (414) 229-4581

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