Frequently Asked Questions

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The Office of Campus Climate is accepting proposals for projects that will contribute to and enhance UC Merced’s campus climate as a more equitable and inclusive place to study, research and work.  This opportunity comes as part of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture.
 
All current UC Merced students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal for projects that will create and sustain a campus climate in which all UC Merced students, staff and faculty feel respected, included and valued.  Successful proposals will address one or more findings from documented climate surveys, findings or statistics. For more documentation on climate information, please visit: http://diversity.ucmerced.edu/data-reports/2016-17. 
 
 
What is the goal of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant?
The main goal of this request for proposals is to inspire high impact, collaborative, experimental and sustainable ideas.  Since the ideas are being proposed from community members themselves, there is a high probability that the efforts will be naturally integrated into the activities of teaching, research and public service.  The grants provide modest resources, with a preference for projects with the greatest potential for sustainable success. 
 
What is the award amount:
Maximum awards:  $5,000/year
 
 
What is the grant proposal submission process?
Please follow the process outlined at http://diversity.ucmerced.edu/application-process.
 
 
When are the grant proposals due?
Wednesday, March 01 by 5pm on the website: http://diversity.ucmerced.edu/.  Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of students, faculty and staff and awardees will be notified by Monday, May 01.  
 
 
What is the timeframe to implement the project?
Project implementation must begin in Fall Semester 2017
Projects must reach completion by Friday, May 11, 2018 (Spring Semester ends).
 
 
Who is eligible to apply? 
The DEI grant process is open to all UC Merced students, faculty and staff. All projects must be coordinated and administered with an official UC Merced organization or university account.  Funds will not be awarded to individuals.  Project Managers must be good standing with the University.  Previous recipients are eligible to apply.  
 
 
What do grant funds cover?
All requested funds are to be used for new programs or services.  Funding may not be used for fundraising events, debt reduction, grants or scholarships to individuals, basic academic research or travel to present at conferences or for general operating costs for existing programs, organizations, units or departments or any other exceptions to policy.  Funds cannot be used for alcohol, gifts, stipends or lobbying.
 
 
What if my program involves human-subject research?
All human-subject research, and all other activities that in part involve human-subject research, regardless of sponsorship/funding, must be reviewed and approved by the UC Merced IRB, or registered exempt by the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity - IRB Office before initiation. For additional information, please visit: http://rci.ucmerced.edu/human-subjects-protections-irb/faqs. 
 
 
What are the grant proposal criteria?
Successful proposals will specifically describe and include supporting data on how the program will contribute to and enhance UC Merced’s campus climate as a more equitable and inclusive place to study, research and work and will specifically include one or more findings from documented climate surveys, findings or statistics.  For more documentation on climate information, please visit: http://diversity.ucmerced.edu/data-reports/2016-17.
 
All proposals will be considered on the following criteria:
 
Institutional and Grant Alignment:  Proposals will: (1) specifically describe and include supporting data on how the program will contribute to and enhance UC Merced’s campus climate as a more equitable and inclusive place to study, research and work and (2) specifically describe and include supporting data from documented climate surveys, findings or statistics. 
 
Innovation:  Proposals will specifically describe a new, high impact, collaborative, experimental and/or sustainable approach to enhancing and/or addressing an area of campus climate.
 
Impact:  Proposals will (1) specifically describe the expected difference(s) the project will make on the issues addressed, the audience(s) it will serve, and the number of people it will affect and (2) specifically describe and include supporting impact data from documented climate surveys, findings or statistics.  
 
Collaboration:  Proposals will specifically describe how the project will bring together two or more campus entities, advance mutual goals and/or share knowledge; and will specifically identify how the project will be integrated into the activities of teaching, research or public service.
 
Project Leadership:  Proposals will specifically describe the leadership, capacity and qualifications of the individual or group to implement the project and will specifically describe how each individual will implement the components of the project. Project Managers must be good standing with the University.
 
Sustainability:  The project is likely to be continued and incorporated or replicated by other organizations on campus.  Demonstration of likelihood is supported with facts.
 
Budget Justification:  The Budget Form is complete, detailed, data-driven and provides specific information as to why each item is requested.
 
 
Where can I learn additional information?
To learn additional information on the DEI grant process, please attend one of the following Information Sessions on February 01 from 12-1pm or February 09 from 2-3pm in SSB 238.
 
 
Assistance with Project Proposals and Questions:  
Please contact De Acker, Director of Campus Climate with any questions about the proposal process at dacker@ucmerced.edu or (209) 228-2598.