Diversity Research Network Launch Awards Program (LAP)

The Diversity Research Network (DRN) invites applications for competitive awards under the auspices of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The LAP is a new established program developed through the Diversity Research Network. The LAP is intended for underrepresented faculty of color and diversity scholars at MSU. The award is intended to aid scholars in launching new research through pilot study, new creative projects of scholarly merit or the enhancement of a measure or technique. Work that benefits diverse scholars or populations will be prioritized. Collaborations across departments or colleges are also high priority.

Consistent with the goals of the DRN, the LAP supports and promotes productivity among diverse scholars at MSU. This new award is meant to provide some support for new research programs or efforts as scholars to build toward external granting success. In this program we recognize the difficulty of working with underrepresented populations and the challenges associated with early career success among scholars of color.  We are interested in applications that emphasize programmatic research, innovation, community engagement, etc.   Applications having the greatest potential for external funding are particularly supported.   Grants will awarded in an amount of up to $5000.

Instructions for Submission: Applications for the FY 2017-18 awards are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017. Proposals are limited to four pages (eleven-point font, one-inch margins; references, professional bio, and detailed budget should be included as appendixes), and must clearly articulate a rationale, methods, offer a concise statement of expected outcomes, and justify the use of this funding source. A letter of support from the unit chair/director must accompany each application. Applications must be submitted electronically by COB, September 15 to the Diversity Research Network via the wufoo link:

Submit applications here: https://msuinclusion.wufoo.com/forms/drn-launch-award-program-application-fall-2017/

Submission deadline: September 15, 2017

Notification: October 30, 2017

Followup Reporting Required: A report detailing results and plans for follow-up is required within 10 months of the award date.

Questions: Please submit any questions to DRN@msu.edu or call 517-353-4563.