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Faculty D&I Research Grants



The Faculty Diversity and Inclusion (FDI) grants are meant to pilot research that will examine barriers unique to the University of Cincinnati to creating an environment in which all members are valued for their unique backgrounds, perspectives, and contributions that both reflect and advance the communities we serve.  Identfying barriers are a solid first step in finding meaningful and lasting solutions.  Research should be designed to identify structural inequities that have disproportionately affected the performance and advancement of underrepresented populations and provide a set of recommendations to enhance the university’s effectiveness in building a diverse and inclusive culture.


Faculty at the University of Cincinnati (including faculty at UC’s affiliates) who have at least a 50% FTE appointment are eligible.  FDI awardees must be willing to serve on at least one FDI review committee for a period of two years following the year of the award. 


Proposals will be evaluated primarily based on the scholarly and creative merit of the proposed activities, innovation, and the capabilities of the principal investigator.  Secondary criteria for consideration include:

  • Activities aimed at interpreting and enhancing UC’s environment relative to diversity and inclusion, cultural competence/cultural intelligence, change management, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Activities that capture innovative practices to improve organizational culture specific to academia.


Awards are limited to $8,000 in research support or summer stipend support if the research is performed during summer recess.

Note: Incomplete proposals or proposals that do not meet the submission guidelines will not be reviewed or considered for funding.


  • Any publications resulting from this research effort should acknowledge FDI support.
  • Funding is available for projects for one year.  Extensions may be granted if appropriately justified in writing to the Associate Provost for Special Initiatives or the Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Allowable costs will typically be those associated with successful completion of a research or scholarly project, and may include equipment, supplies, research assistant salaries or services.  The FDI grants do not fund faculty salary support for the academic year.  Travel that is essential to successful completion of the project is permitted only.  Publication costs (e.g., charges associated with reproduction of materials or obtaining copyrights) are allowable.

  • Proposal is not to exceed three pages.


Thursday, May 1, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.


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"The FDI grant will deepen the conversation of diversity and inclusion at UC by accessing our greatest asset, the UC faculty.  Together, we will achieve inclusive excellence."
Beverly Davenport, PhD
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

“The key to diversity is as much about identifying the barriers upon which meaningful solutions can be built as it is about emotional engagement. These grants are a step in the right direction to finding our barriers and our solutions.”
William S. Ball, MD
Vice President for Research