Awards to Catalyze Innovative Research and Convene Thought Leaders
The Institute for Social Transformation is pleased to offer this Call for Proposals for UCSC Social Science Division faculty members to “Seed,” “Sprout,” and “Harvest” innovative strands of research, inquiry, and/or application that contribute to efforts to foster more equitable and sustainable social futures. Proposed projects must contribute broadly to the goals of the institute.
DUE DATE: To be considered for any of these three program areas, applications must be submitted electronically by January 31, 2020.
Applicants are eligible to apply for one grant per year.
Seed Grants ($500 to $2,500)
The institute seed grant program is intended to foster the exploration and conception of new ideas and innovative research by supporting the creation of structures, spaces, and activities designed to promote interdisciplinary communication, engagement, and collaboration. Grants in this category aim to bring scholars (and, in some cases, other experts or community members) together to explore ideas in ways that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to discuss.
Sprout Grants ($2,500 to $20,000)
Sprout grants are intended to advance promising research projects by supporting their inception, pilot or initial data collection, and/or pursuit of external funds. Grants in this category aim to provide scholars with financial support to intensify existing efforts to move a promising project or research plan forward, including identifying and applying for additional external funding.
Harvest Grants ($500-$1,500)
The institute also invites proposals for funds to help publicize completed research and connect with relevant stakeholders. The purpose of these grants is to boost research visibility, enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, or promote outreach to decision-makers and stakeholders. Proposed activities could include funding for a faculty member’s book launch event, travel for the scholar to showcase their research or launch a new collaboration based on recently completed research, or a forum for policy and practice related to newly-completed research.
Selection Criteria for all Grant Categories:
- Relevance to the core goals and commitments of the institute (includes incubating new ideas and accelerating pathbreaking scholarship in the public interest)
- Strength of rationale
- Clarity of proposed activities
- Appropriateness of project scope and scale
- Adequacy of the budget