Innovation Grants

The UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion invites applications to fund pilot projects that advance the UC San Diego strategic plan diversity goals. Priority will be given to investigators who propose new, innovative projects that have the potential to create systemic changes addressing disparities in faculty, student, or staff ranks at UC San Diego.

Innovation Grant applications are being accepted for 2017-2018.

Eligibility criteria

  • Project Leaders/Investigators eligible for pilot EDI Innovation grants include faculty and staff from UC San Diego.
  • Projects must have pending or committed other sources of support (institutional, gift, or grant) to apply.
  • Projects that have received funding for two years are not eligible to reapply.
  • Projects must focus on the UC San Diego campus community.

Application Guidelines

The criteria for funding will include Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Sustainability. All applicants must submit a proposal no more than 5 pages. 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
  • 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 and increasing equity and inclusion at UC San Diego. The probability that the project may lead to other institutional, governmental, or foundation funding will be also assessed.

This funding mechanism will favor proposals that have the potential to advance systemic changes at UC San Diego that will exert a sustained, powerful influence on fostering an inclusive and equitable climate in the faculty, staff, and student ranks.

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 equity, diversity, and inclusion at UC San Diego? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will campus climate and/or diversity 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 faculty, student, or staff diversity at UC San Diego?
  • 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 $5,000 - $15,000 may be requested. Funds will not be awarded for ongoing work nor for bridge funding. We expect to fund up to 5 to 8 projects based on merit of submitted applications.


We recommend that you complete your application in a separate Word document, please refer to application fields in the following PDF. When you are ready to submit attach your proposal as a PDF under the "Additional Attachments" section and write "see attached PDF" in the online application field sections (Background, Program Narrative and Impact, Program Evaluation, and Budget and Justification). 

Innovation Grant Application

Previously Funded Innovation Grants

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

Fall Quarter 2017  - proposal due no later than November 24, 2017.

Winter Quarter 2018  - applications are not being accepted.

Spring Quarter 2018 - proposal due no later than March 2, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Frank Silva,, (858) 822-3542.