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.

Please apply for the 2018 - 2019 awards here. Application materials are due September 17, 2018 at 5 PM (EST).  

Instructions: 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 to the Diversity Research Network here.

Follow-up Reporting Required: A brief midterm report (1-2 pages) detailing progress to date and use of funds is due April 5, 2019. The final report detailing results or outcomes of the project, final accounting and plans for follow-up grant submission is required within 10 months of the award date no later than October 1, 2019.

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