Call for Climate Enhancement Grant Proposals

$2,500 - $10,000

 

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion invites applications for projects that actively promote and engage UC San Diego’s Principles of Community to enhance the climate of the campus. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate high potential to increase understanding and engagement of the Principles of Community. Only programs that significantly and positively promote our Principles of Community will receive funding consideration.

 

AY 16-17 Climate Enhancement Grants

AY 16-17 Climate Enhancement Grants are for projects that will be implemented in any quarter during Academic Year 16-17. These may be multi-year activities and would generally be more robust and complex in nature, with extensive planning and evaluation.  Awards for this mechanism will range from $2,500 to $10,000. This funding mechanism will give preference to proposals that have the potential to advance systemic changes at UC San Diego that will exert a sustained, powerful influence on fostering understanding and daily practice of the Principles of Community.

To apply please submit a PDF of your 5-page proposal with PI CVs and a maximum of 3 appendices. CVs and appendices do not count towards page maximum. Send all proposals to Frank Silva at fsilva@ucsd.edu. Please use “AY 16-17 Climate Enhancement Grant Application” as the subject line.

We expect to fund up to 5-10 projects based on merit of submitted applications.

Please review all details below before submitting your application. 

 

Eligibility Criteria

At a minimum, funding proposals must meet the following criteria:

    • Primary audience for the event is UC San Diego campus community.
    • The link between the event and positively elevating our Principles of Community is clear.
    • Event or activity encourages positive and meaningful interaction especially among campus constituents that do not typically engage or interact with one another.
    • Project Leaders/Investigators eligible for climate grants include faculty, students, and staff from UC San Diego.
    • Projects must be able to be completed within 1 year       

Application Guidelines

The criteria for funding will include Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Sustainability. All applicants must submit a proposal of no more than 5 pages. Proposals in excess of 5 pages will not be reviewed.

The proposal must include:

Background (1 page)

    • Statement of the problem
    • Significance of the work and key outcome(s)

Program Narrative and Impact (2 pages)

    • A description of the proposed project, program, or pilot
    • Project/program aim(s) and goal(s)
    • Methods
    • Any collaborative partnership proposed including all co-investigators
    • Description how your project will actively support one or more of the Principles of Community (reference specific principles)

Program Evaluation (1 page)

    • A description of how you will assess and analyze the success of the project/program

Budget and Justification (1 page)

    • Brief explanation of how the funds will be used

CVs of Project Leaders/Investigators (not included in page count)

Overall Impact

Reviewers will evaluate impact of the project on addressing climate through active engagement of the Principles of Community at UC San Diego. The probability that the project may lead to other institutional, governmental, or foundation funding will also be assessed.  

This funding mechanism will give preference to proposals that have the potential to advance systemic changes at UC San Diego that will exert a sustained, powerful influence on fostering understanding and daily practice of the Principles of Community. Only programs that significantly and positively promote our Principles of Community will receive funding consideration.

Core Review Criteria

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of merit, and give a separate score for each. 

    • Significance. Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in advancing a climate of respect, understanding, and civility at UC San Diego? Does the project actively engage one or more of the Principles of Community? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will campus climate improve at UC San Diego?
    • Project Leader(s)/Investigator(s). Are the project leaders/investigators and collaborators well-suited to the project? Have the project leaders/investigators and/or collaborators demonstrated how their background and skills will address and improve diversity at UC San Diego?
    • Innovation. Does the application propose novel approaches to improving climate through the active engagement of the Principles of Community at UC San Diego? Does the application significantly and positively promote our Principles of Community?
    • Approach. Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project?
    • Sustainability. What is the potential for continued support from non VC-EDI sources?
    • Budget. Is the budget reasonable and well thought out? 
    • Other Support. Have the project leaders/investigators sought out additional funds to implement the project? What other funds (departmental, divisional, gift, grant) are already committed to this project?

Use of Funds

Funds of $2,500 - $10,000 may be requested. Funds will not be awarded for ongoing work nor for bridge funding.

Due Dates

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis up to the Friday of week 8 of the quarter.  Award announcements are made on or before the last day of the quarter. 

For consideration for Fall Quarter 2016 funding - proposal due no later than November 18, 2016.

For consideration for Winter Quarter 2017 funding - proposal due no later than March 4, 2017.

For consideration for Spring Quarter 2016 funding - proposal due no later than May 26, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Frank Silva at fsilva@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-3542.