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Eberly College Racial Justice Grants

New Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Submit your proposal.

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce a second call for proposals to fund research projects related to racial justice and to the historical, economic, educational, social, scientific, structural and transnational implications of race, racism and antiblackness. We particularly encourage proposals that focus on racial inequalities in health and wellbeing, access to healthcare, food, water, recreation areas, safe neighborhoods and work environments as well as uneven exposures to pollution or the pandemic. This initiative is also supported by the Center for Resilient Communities, WVU Office of Research, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President.

Read about the first round grants.

Innovative projects are sought from scholars in all disciplines that measure, document and deconstruct practices, ideologies and oppressive paradigms associated with racism and racial violence in a U.S. context. Proposals that link racial justice in the U.S. to racial justice in other parts of the world, as well as to racial justice within diverse ethnic communities, will also be considered.

We anticipate funding proposals from the following areas:

  1. Traditional Research, Performance and Other Creative Activities
    Proposals that lead to the development and/or completion of a book with a university press or well-regarded commercial academic press (e.g. Routledge); digital humanities project; peer-reviewed article(s) and data-collection leading to peer-reviewed article(s); performance, exhibit or other significant creative products.
  2. Community-Centered Research, Development and Design
    Wherein external community partners are an integral part of the research and community voices and concerns are centered. This could include community-based participatory research, photovoice, narrative medicine, public history and/or design projects that lead to community improvements (e.g. community gardens or playgrounds); arts-based research projects; projects that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; K-12 racial justice engagement; or other community-focused projects.
  3. Conferences and/or Symposia
    Proposals that will provide support for faculty and staff to develop and organize research conferences and/or symposia to explore issues advancing racial justice, equity and inclusion in society and higher education. The funds would be used to bring together important scholars, practitioners, funders and policymakers whose expertise and experience will advance the cause of racial justice.

Awards will be made before the end of the spring 2021 semester and will be one year in duration, with a final report required at completion. Grant recipients are required to participate in an online discussion in fall 2021. During the discussion, recipients will have an opportunity to explain their projects to the campus community. At the end of the funding year, grantees will be expected to provide a summary of their findings and, as appropriate: (1) discuss future projects related to the initial grant; (2) explain how the grant is being used to leverage external research funds; (3) discuss future projects and collaborations on the issue of racism and racial justice. Grant recipients will also be invited to participate in a colloquium featuring all grantees in fall 2022. During this colloquium, grant recipients will describe the outcomes of their projects.

Two categories of grants will be considered. Smaller grants offer funds up to $5,000; larger grants offer funds up to $15,000. You will be asked on the application form to indicate whether you are seeking a small or large grant. In both cases, your budget should reflect the actual costs needed to complete the project. Budgetary requests are intended to support Eberly College students and faculty. Funding for personnel in teams spread over multiple colleges is strongly encouraged via cost-sharing with funding sources available to faculty in those colleges.

Summer Salary and Course Buyouts

The grant may not be used for faculty salary during the academic year, and summer salary requests are discouraged. Nevertheless, to be inclusive of the range of faculty experiences, summer salary may be requested by faculty on nine-month contracts in the following categories: Teaching Professors (at all ranks), Research Professors and Professors of Practice (at all ranks) and other non-tenure-track faculty excluding Visiting (at all ranks). Postdocs are not eligible.

Course buyouts may be requested. Please bear in mind, however, that these can only be granted subject to programming needs and approval by the department chair. Requests for these must come with: (1) a justification explaining in detail why the project cannot be completed as part of the faculty’s contracted distribution; (2) a letter from the chair or director affirming their support of the course buyout(s); (3) an explanation by the chair or director of how the department or program will cover the courses; (4) a statement from your College’s dean endorsing the course buyout request and the home unit’s plan to cover the course buyout(s). Per College policy, course buyouts must be calculated at 12.5% of salary per course.

This grant may not be used for conference attendance or travel for any member of the team. If a portion of the grant will go toward graduate student support, the amount of support requested should clearly reflect the amount of work assigned. Grants where the amount requested and duties assigned are unaligned will not be funded. Incomplete proposals or submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be returned without review.

Other Information

Grants may be used by individuals or by collaborative teams. At least one person in each team must be a full-time faculty member based in the Eberly College. For collaborative teams: preference will be given to those collaborative teams that: (1) are diverse; (2) show all members playing meaningful roles in the project. Although collaboration is strongly encouraged, individual grants from faculty outside of Eberly College will not be reviewed.

Faculty planning to apply are strongly encouraged to attend the Racial Justice RFP Q&A and the half-day Grant Proposal Write-In. These events are sponsored by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Research Office. You can also review the Q&A slides. Faculty who are interested in pursuing additional external funding for their projects should contact Duncan Lorimer or Lea Herron in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Research Office.