Racial Justice Research Fund

About this opportunity

Campus:

University-wide

Contact:

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt,sks@indiana.edu

Fraya Fox,ffox@iu.edu

Deadline:

November 6, 2020

Award cycle:

Funding available:

Will provide startup funding grants of up to $15,000 per grant for research by IU faculty. Requests for amounts larger than $15,000 will be considered in exceptional cases.

View a list of funded projects as of Fall 2020.

Jointly supported by the IU Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, the Racial Justice Research Fund is available to IU faculty on all campuses (whether tenure-track or not) without regard for field or discipline in an effort to address critical racial equity and justice issues as broadly as possible.

The fund will provide start-up funding, connect funded researchers to the university’s Foundation Relations, Business Partnerships, and Research Development teams to help the investigators secure external funding for race-related research; and host an ongoing Racial Justice Research Workshop series to connect researchers working on racial equity and justice issues and to engage other members of the university community.

The Racial Justice Research Fund follows an approach similar to that IU has used to provide rapid, strategic funding for research addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Racial injustice is no less of a pandemic in our society and the Racial Justice Research Fund is designed to support research necessary to achieving real and lasting racial justice in our community and across our state and nation.

Eligibility

  • All IU faculty (whether tenure-track or not) on all IU campuses may apply. This includes lecturers. Visiting faculty are not eligible to apply.
  • Research must be innovative, new, or reflect a new application of existing research, and, if successful, likely to contribute to racial justice. Research should generally address domestic racial equity and justice issues, although research concerning these issues outside of the United States will be considered in exceptional cases. While research about racial issues in the arts is welcome, this fund is not intended to support artistic expression itself.
  • Applications from black investigators or that involve black graduate students or partnerships with black colleagues in other universities, industry, government, or not-for-profit organizations are encouraged.

 

Funding

  • Will provide 25 start-up funding grants of up to $15,000 per grant for research by IU faculty.
  • Requests for amounts larger than $15,000 will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Funding for travel will be considered only within current university guidelines

 

Application requirements

  • Funding available to IU faculty on all campuses (whether tenure-track or not) without regard for field or discipline.