Presidential Diversity Research Grant

Applications should be sent in Word or pdf format to by Friday, April 3.

Binghamton University announces the 2020-2021 Presidential Diversity Research Grant to enable assistant professors who are members of historically underrepresented minority groups to succeed in their research and scholarship. Grant funds are designed to support research efforts toward tenure and promotion requirements. Grants of $5,000 to $8,000 will be awarded annually to successful applicants. Awarded funds will be available after July 1, 2020.

Eligibility and deadline

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must have completed a PhD, MFA, EdD or terminal degree in a specified field as required by the academic unit.
  2. Applicants must be in a tenure-track assistant professor position at Binghamton University.
  3. Applicants must be from one of the following underrepresented populations: African American/Black, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander.
  4. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.
  5. Previous grant recipients are ineligible.
  6. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 3.

Proposal guidelines

To be considered for this grant, submit an application that includes:

  1. A brief cover letter that includes the applicant’s contact information and mandated tenure decision date. The letter should explain how the applicant will present and/or publish the proposed research. Additionally, the letter should identify the Principal Investigator (if applicable), including the PI’s title and institutional affiliation; for multiple investigator projects, the letter should state who should receive the grant. The cover letter must be completed and submitted with the application.
  2. A two-page abbreviated vita.
  3. Request amount, including a budget that describes how funds will be used (with line-item breakdown), and a projected timeline, with milestones and an expected completion date. If the project lasts more than one year, the budget should be broken into year-by-year expenses. Also state what research funding (if any) is currently available to the applicant (e.g., start-up funds), as well as funds for which the applicant has applied (including estimated notification date and anticipated start date if successful).
  4. Project description (2,000 word maximum), consisting of a statement of research objectives and research questions being addressed and including, where relevant, citations from the literature, an overview of methodology and an account of what original contribution (theoretical or practical) the research will make.
  5. Letter from department chair or senior faculty mentor that must provide some assessment of how this research would support the individual's case for tenure and promotion. If applicant is requesting a course release, the department must indicate support for one.

Applications should be sent in Word or pdf format to by Friday, April 3.

Grant recipient requirements

Recipients of the Presidential Diversity Research Grant are required to submit a progress report of the project to the committee on progress/outcomes 12 months from the date of the award. Recipients are required to include an acknowledgement of receipt of grant funds in any publication resulting from the study.