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The University Research Council (URC) was established in July 1976 as part of a larger effort to stimulate research at the University of Pittsburgh. The Council is charged with helping to nurture a climate that encourages research as one of the primary missions of the University. The Council advises the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research on policies pertaining to the conduct of research, scholarship, and creative activities within the University. Members are appointed by the Provost. Faculty members on the Council represent the research-oriented schools and departments of the University as well as the University Senate.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Office of the Provost and the University Research Council announces a funding opportunity for research in diversity. We invite faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to submit proposals that support high quality research in the area of diversity. This includes, but is not limited to, issues concerning:

Race and ethnicity
Intersectionality
LGBTQIA
Persons with disabilities
Veterans
Ageism
Gender equity
Social justice
International populations

The goal of this one-year project is to not only develop or advance research in the area of diversity and inclusion, but also to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and new research partnerships.

It is anticipated that 15-20 projects will be funded at $1,000-$5000 each. The online application deadline is March 31, 2017. Notice of awards is expected to occur in May 2017, with the one year funding to begin on July 1, 2017 and end on June 30, 2018.

Proposal requirements:

Eligibility:

The Principal Investigator must be faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. If the PI is a post-doc or graduate student, their advisor must sign off on the proposal as the applicant's supervisor. Collaboration among different departments at Pitt are encouraged.

Proposal Guidelines:

The proposal should include the title, a 250-word abstract summarizing the research project, the body of the proposal (not to exceed 2500 words) which includes the objective of the project, and a budget. Additionally, biosketches not exceeding 5 pages should be included for all personnel.

Budget:

All grants will be funded for a 12 month period beginning July 1, 2017. Proposals can request up to $5000; however, it is anticipated that funding requests will vary based on the nature of the project. Research expenses as consistent with university policies, can be used to convene small conferences or workshops; support travel to conferences; hire an undergraduate student to collect preliminary data, review literature, or assist on grant preparation; pay for research expenses or research travel; or engage in outer efforts likely to advance diversity research and/or strengthen applications for external funding. Salary support for faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students is not permitted in the budget.

Required Contact Information:

PI's name, department, email address, campus address and phone number
Names and contact info of all co-PI's
Name and signature of the PI's supervisor (if the PI is a post-doctoral fellow or graduate student)

To apply, click here.

 

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