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Inequities in the Academic Research and Creative Activity Enterprise Rapid Response Seed Grant Opportunity

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Inequities in the Academic Research and Creative Activity Enterprise Rapid Response Seed Grant Opportunity

Deadline is Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm CDT 

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships (OVPRP) is accepting applications for an unprecedented Rapid Response Research Seed Grant call for proposals to address the issue of inequities in the academic research and creative activity enterprise. 

The OVPRP is offering fast-tracked seed grants for short-term projects with the goal of positioning OU Norman Campus faculty and their collaborators to effectively compete for significant external funding opportunities related to the topic of inequalities in the academic research and creative activity enterprise and the impact of such inequalities on knowledge creation and dissemination.  

Principal Investigators (PIs) must be OU Norman campus faculty (all categories and including Norman Campus programs faculty in Tulsa). Collaborations and teaming with colleagues outside the OU community (universities, nonprofit organizations, community partners, companies, national labs, etc.) are also encouraged, but OVPRP resources cannot be used to support the work of collaborators external to OU.  

We seek teams with PIs and Co-PIs to provide compelling ideas, approaches, and solutions to address contemporary issues related to inequities in the academic research and creative 

activity enterprise, such as discrimination and implicit bias related to race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, and disabilities, particularly in disciplines and fields where minoritized groups are underrepresented. Each proposal should be designed such that results can be produced within four to six months, which will position the research group to compete effectively for external funding. Engaging students (both undergraduate and graduate) is highly encouraged. The main objective is to position OU researchers to generate new proposals for significant external funding.  

We anticipate being able to fund proposals for $5K-$20K each for a six-month period with the goal of positioning OU research teams to be more competitive for near-term external funding opportunities. The total number of awards will be subject to available funding, the current estimate is six to ten awards.  

Due to this critical need, the application (specific instructions below), review and award processes for these seed grants will be expedited with applications due by Friday, June 26th. Awardees will be notified no later than July 10th and projects are expected to begin by July 13, 2020. Highly impactful, multidisciplinary, collaborative short-term research projects that can be completed within six months and position OU researchers for submission of new external* grant applications will take precedence. If you have any additional questions about this opportunity, please email awest@ou.edu or cfe@ou.edu.