Sprout Grants $2,500 – $20,000
Proposed sprout grant projects will endeavor to make significant progress on one or multiple crucial aspects of promising research related to the goals of the institute. Priority will be given to projects that cross traditional borders among disciplines, departments, divisions, campuses, countries, and/or institutions (e.g. academy/community), and we encourage collaborations that include both graduate students and faculty, and that include collaboration among faculty across ranks. 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. Projects might include the development of proposals for external funding, completion of literature reviews, creation of data sets, completion of data analysis, or pilot research projects.
Sprout grant recipients are expected to complete the proposed work within one year.
- Individual or collaborative proposals welcome ($2,500 to $20,000 total).
- At least one member of the proposing collaboration must be a senate faculty member from the UCSC Social Sciences Division.
- Applicants may apply to one grant opportunity per year.
Allowable expenses include:
- Summer GSR salary and benefits
- Hourly support for undergraduate assistants
- Support for graduate student assistants during non-academic terms
- Software and software licenses (strong justification must be provided regarding the need for these to complete the proposed project)
- Travel expenses for faculty and students
- Travel and lodging expenses of Visiting Scholars associated and/or linked to project
- Data access fees
- Media services or instructional support fees
- Course release (in special circumstances where time release is needed to conduct research, not intended for proposal writing)
Prohibited expenses include:
- Computers or other equipment
- To submit a proposal for the sprout grant program, please complete the application (a google form) by January 31, 2020.
- If the course release is included in the proposed budget, please provide a copy of the email approval from the Department Chair.
- Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the Institute’s Executive Board.
Submission Requirements for Sprout Grants:
- Project abstract (750 character limit)
- Project narrative including: including: project rationale, project description, significance and impact (5,000 character limit)
- Project justification – please articulate how the activities will lead to next steps for the development of the project or proposal and the expected deliverables or outcomes. Tell us what will be sprouted by this funding (2,000 character limit)
- Relevance to the goals of the institute (1,000 character limit)
- Budget (PDF)
- Brief description of project personnel and collaboration plan
- Abbreviated CV of all key personnel (5 pages maximum each) (PDF)
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
Reporting Requirements (due within 30 days of the project end-date):
- In addition to any promised deliverables, a two-page final report describing the outcomes of the project, including deviations from the proposed project, and proposed next steps.
- A budget report describing all expenditures.
- Brief presentation or workshop, depending on the scope of the award