Diversity Research Network Launch Awards Program (DRN-LAP)

Application Deadline: September 16, 2019

Apply Now: 2019 - 2020 DRN-LAP Application 

The Diversity Research Network (DRN) invites applications for competitive awards under the auspices of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The DRN-LAP is intended for faculty of color and diversity scholars at MSU. The award is intended to aid scholars in launching new research through pilot study, creative projects of scholarly merit or the enhancement of a measure or technique. Work that benefits diverse scholars or populations will be prioritized. Collaborations across departments or colleges are also high priority. 

Aim: Consistent with the goals of the DRN, the DRN-LAP supports and promotes productivity among diverse scholars at MSU. This award is meant to provide some support for new research programs or efforts as scholars to build toward external granting success. In this program we recognize the difficulty of working with underrepresented populations and the challenges associated with early career success among scholars of color.  We are interested in applications that emphasize programmatic research, innovation, community engagement, etc.   Applications having the greatest potential for external funding are particularly supported.  

Award: Grants will be awarded in amounts of up to $5000.

Instructions: Application materials must be blinded. Previous awardees should wait at least 1 academic year before submitting new proposals. Only 1 proposal per scholar should be submitted. 

Proposals are limited to four pages (eleven-point font, one-inch margins; references, professional bio, and detailed budget should be included as appendixes), and must clearly articulate a rationale, methods, offer a concise statement of expected outcomes, and justify the use of this funding source. A letter of support from the unit chair/director must accompany each application. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Diversity Research Network.

Apply now: 2019 - 2020 DRN-LAP Application

Follow-up Reporting Required: A brief midterm report (1-2 pages) detailing progress to date and use of funds is required. The final report detailing results or outcomes of the project, final accounting and plans for follow-up grant submission is required within 10 months of the award date.

Questions: Please submit any questions to DRN@msu.edu or call 517-353-4563.


2018 - 2019 Recipients  

Nwando Achebe, CSS History
Project: Viewing the Masquerade Dance from Varying Perspectives: A Visual and Audial Repository of the Nigerian-Biafran War

Safoi Babana-Hampton, CAL Romance and Classical Studies
Project: Mapping Legacies of Trauma and of the Unfinished Work of Memory of French Slavery

April Baker-Bell, CAL Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Project: Early Career Black Women in Academia: From the Academic StrongBlackWoman & Mammy to Self-Preservation

Yomaira Figueroa, CAL English/AAAS Tamara Butler, CAL English/AAAS Delia Fernandez, CSS History/CLS Estrella Torrez, RCAH Arts & Humanities
Project: Proyecto Palabras Puerto Rico

Alexandra Hidalgo, CAL Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Project: The Weeping Season

Dongbin Kim, College of Education, Educational Administration
Project: Immigrant professors at Michigan State University: Experiencing conflicts between immigrant and cosmopolitan scholar identities and the implications for their engagements in civic service and leadership.

Sidney Lu, CSS, History
Project: Japanese Exclusion in the United States and Japanese Trans-Pacific expansion, 1897-1964

Michael Olabisi, CANR, Agricultural Food and Resource Economics
Project: Trade and Employment Shocks

Maribel Santiago, College of Education, Teacher Education
Project: A National Comparative Study on Teaching Latinx Social Studies Topics

Mieka Smart, College of Human Medicine
Project: Monitoring the impact of the pending “sachet ban” alcohol policy intervention in Uganda

Kevin Walker, CNS Chemistry Edith Onyeozili Chemistry (Florida A & M Univ., Tallahassee, FL) Walker Group at Michigan State University
Project: Repurposing MIO-Aminomutase Chemistry to Make Bioactive Arylserine Stereoisomers