Provost Awards for Research Grants in Justice, Human Rights, and Equity

Deadline:  October 31, 2023


The provost’s office will provide up to $100,000 annually to support research addressing issues in a field of broad research interest.  The 2024 topic is Justice, Human Rights, and Equity.  This program is designed to support individual investigators (or teams of investigators) who require seed funding in an amount between $10,000 and $50,000 to support travel, equipment, supplies, data acquisition, personnel, or other enablers in the completion of a research project.  “Justice, Human Rights, and Equity” are broadly defined and submissions are solicited from all academic units, but proposals must address how funds will be used to address a compelling social challenge or inequity.  Awards are for an initial twelve months, beginning January 1, 2024. No cost extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Eligibility

These funds are not intended to serve as bridge funds nor to support research in lieu of external grant funds.  If applicants have access to initial start-up funds from the university, they must make clear why additional resources are required.  Projects funded through this program are expected to lead to the development of a proposal for external support if warranted for project completion.  An individual may serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on only one proposal submission.

Review Panel

All proposals will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee for Scholarship and Research (ACSR).  Their evaluations will be sent to the President, Provost, and VPR for final decisions.  It is essential that proposals communicate clearly to all reviewers outside of the proposal discipline, what is proposed and why it is important.  The following are the criteria for evaluation.

  1. Originality, significance, quality and future impact of the proposed research in leading to major advances in addressing challenges in Justice, Human Rights, and Equity;
  2. Ability to attract future federal, state, philanthropic or private funding if needed;
  3. Strength of record of achievement of the proposer or team (the Office of Sponsored Programs [OSP] will supply current and pending data to the ACSR for submitters)

Proposal Preparation

Funding is available for one or more awards between $10,000 and $50,000.  Applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal and budget preparation with the staff of OSP.  Completed packages must be submitted electronically to  The proposal deadline for the Provost Awards program is 5:00 pm on October 31, 2023.  Proposals should be submitted as one PDF file.  Awards will be announced by December 15, 2023 for projects beginning January 1, 2024.  Applicants are encouraged to submit non-proprietary content and clear mark proprietary information, when applicable.  

All proposals must contain the following elements, in one document:

  1. Proposal Cover Page
  2. Project Narrative (3 pages maximum, single spaced, one inch margins, 11 point font);
    • Describe the project, its significance, quality and future impact in understanding and/or addressing a challenge in the arena of justice, human rights, and equity;
    • Describe the Principal Investigator/Co-PI contributions to the projects. Discuss participation of post docs and/or students, if applicable;
    • Provide a brief statement of the benefits of this project to the University, if funded. Specifically address the increase in fundability or visibility that would be achieved;
    • Describe plans for seeking external support for this project. Include a list of potential sponsors and a timeline for proposal preparation.
  3. Literature Cited: Provide key citations that relate directly to this project.
  4. Budget and Budget Justification (see below): Funds for the period January 1, 2024December 31, 2024 may be requested
  5. Biographical Sketch(s): Maximum two pages per investigator (NSF style will be accepted, as well as standard curriculum vitae format)


The lead PI will be expected to provide a brief final report within 3 months of the funding period, summarizing the outcomes of the project, including any abstracts, publications, proposal submission activities, and invention disclosures (if applicable).  Further, plans for submitting proposals to external funding agencies should be described.  In addition, information on awarded projects (Title, PI/team, and non-confidential abstract) will be posted to the Division of Research webpage.  Awarded teams will be asked for an update on project outcomes one year after project completion.

Further Information

Questions about proposal preparation or budgeting should be directed to OSP staff.  Additional proposal questions may be addressed to

Proposal Cover Page