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Diversity Research and Scholarship Grant Program

The program will fund competitive internal grants to support initial work by early career faculty or to support a new emphasis on research and scholarship into diversity and inclusion by established faculty.

The Diversity Research and Scholarship Grant (DRSG) program is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia. The aim of this collaboration is to stimulate more diversity and inclusion related research and scholarship at UGA. The program will fund competitive internal grants to support initial work by early career faculty or to support a new emphasis on research and scholarship into diversity and inclusion by established faculty. We invite proposals that have as their central focus topics that are related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Ideal grant proposals will be interdisciplinary, drawing upon the diverse disciplines and breadth of knowledge across the University of Georgia.

Who is eligible? The DRSG program is open to all faculty tracks, including clinical and research faculty, with winning proposals to be selected on their merits. Special consideration will be given to proposals that have an interdisciplinary team of investigators and an interdisciplinary focus.  

What are the selection criteria? Grant proposals will be evaluated according to scholarly merit and broader impact; research design and methodological framework; potential for extramural funding; interdisciplinary nature of the project; and budget justification and timeline.

What should be included in the proposal?

  • A 2-4 page research proposal that includes a concise description of project aims and their research and/or policy significance; a succinct summary of relevant literature; proposed hypotheses or scholarly augment; a succinct description of proposed research design, methodology, theoretical framework, and data sources, if appropriate.
  • For teams, a concise description of the roles played by different team members.
  • A detailed budget and budget justification narrative, including the amount of financial support being requested of the DRSG program.
  • The CV of all researchers, with current research funding (if any) included, and a letter of support from the unit head.  

How much will be awarded? The DRSG program consists of a total of $40K in funding support.

When are proposals due and when will the grants be awarded? Proposals are due by Monday, November 30, 2020. DRSG awards will be decided and funds will be available as of January 4, 2021. Funds awarded must be spent within the calendar year 2021. Proposals should be submitted in electronic format to

All research funded by the DRSG program is subject to the University’s policies regarding research. In particular, proposers of projects involving human subjects, laboratory animals, biohazardous materials, etc., must obtain the necessary approvals before commencing work. Funds awarded cannot be released until these forms, when appropriate, have been submitted and approved.

What is the post-award expectation?

In order to track the impact of the funding, participants are required to provide a report, one year after the award was made, summarizing what has been accomplished during the grant period. In addition, information regarding abstracts submitted/presented (title, conference, location, dates), manuscripts submitted/published (full citations) and related grant proposals submitted should be reported. Precise instructions will be issued to award winners.