Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER)

About this opportunity

Campus:

IUPUI

Contact:

Alicia Gahimer,algahime@iupui.edu

Deadline:

December 3, 2021

Award cycle:

FY 2021-22

Funding available:

varies by category

The Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER) provides support to IUPUI faculty who are historically underrepresented and/or excluded populations in their discipline or area of scholarship and historically denied admission to higher education or that discipline, 1) to become successful in sponsored research and scholarly activity, and 2) to achieve significant professional growth and advancement. The program sustains mentorship opportunities through the EMPOWER Grant Program, supporting achievement of excellence in research and scholarly activity, and optimal attainment of academic career goals and objectives.

The Value of Mentoring
In academia, mentoring attends to two dimensions: career and professional development and social-psychological support. Mentoring is shown to influence career success, satisfaction, and productivity, thus enhancing the institution’s investment, retention rates, and reputation. It could mean the difference between success and failure for early career faculty who are searching for guidance, a sense of belonging, and confidence in their academic journey. This is particularly applicable for faculty pursuing research and creative activity. In addition, research has shown that formal mentoring programs are especially helpful to women and minorities.

Eligibility

  • Category A: Full-time tenure-eligible assistant professors and untenured associate professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentees. All full-time tenured associate professors or professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentors.
  • Category B: Full-time tenured associate professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentees. All full-time tenured professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentors.

Funding

  • Up to $10,000 total in support of the mentee’s research and professional development is available and will be distributed as such: $5,000 for beginning the mentoring program, and $5,000 for successful progress in the program, to be distributed prior to the summer. This means concrete steps and plans are in place for a submission to external funding sources.
  • Mentees may use funds for one month summer salary (10 month appointees) or release time. Mentee is expected to be writing external proposals during this time if this option is taken.
  • Funds may be used for equipment, supplies, travel, research assistants, etc.
  • Funding available to the mentor is $2,000.

Application requirements

Proposal requirements

  • The mentoring program will be one calendar year in duration.
  • Mentees are required to attend an initial workshop/orientation on mentoring, a mid-program meeting, an end-of-program meeting, and encouraged to attend campus professional development opportunities available from Academic Affairs, the Office for Women (OFW),the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR). EMPOWER mentees are strongly encouraged to participate in the IUPUI Graduate Mentoring Center Faulty and Staff Mentor Training. Mentees may also consult with key OFW and OVCR staff on specific research and professional development topics and needs such as accessing proposal writing services, finding funding, finding potential collaborators, identifying and addressing biases in the academy, etc. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom meetings between the mentor and mentee are encouraged. For in person meetings, follow the campus guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing, handwashing, etc.
  • Mentees are required to submit a plan for their research goals and objectives. The mentee and the mentor agree on the goals to be realized during the period of the grant.
  • For both categories, a letter of support is required from the mentee’s department head or dean, 1) addressing the mentee’s eligibility for this mentoring program, and 2) indicating how this program is expected to benefit the mentee’s research and professional growth.
  • For both categories, a letter of support is required from the mentee’s department head or dean, 1) addressing the mentee’s eligibility for this mentoring program, and 2) indicating how this program is expected to benefit the mentee’s research and professional growth.
  • Submission of a proposal to an external funding source must occur no later than 12 months from the end of the award period. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the applicant becoming ineligible to receive support from OVCR in the future.
  • Mentees are required to submit a mid-year report and program end report.
  • Mentees cannot apply to any other OVCR internal grant program during the calendar year of EMPOWER.
  • A mentee can receive this award once.
  • During the calendar year of the program, the mentor is expected to spend at least 30 hours with the mentee.
  • Mentors are required to attend an initial workshop/orientation on mentoring, a mid-program meeting, an end-of-program meeting, and meet on a regular basis with their mentees.
  • Priority will be given to mentees that have yet to submit an external proposal, or have yet to receive external funding.

Application sections include

  • Applicant Information
  • Project plan not to exceed five pages
  • Budget and justification
  • Biosketch or CV not to exceed five pages, include funding history
  • Letters of support from department chair or dean for mentees
  • IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC forms if applicable