UBC Sauder EDI Research Catalyst Funding

Small Grants Funding for EDI Research

The Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics and the UBC Sauder Deans Office are pleased to announce a jointly funded opportunity to apply for seed funding for research related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

The focus of the initiative is to encourage and support UBC Sauder research on topics relevant to EDI. Some examples of potential research topics include:

Some examples of potential research topics include:

  • Research related to underrepresented or marginalized identities including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour, gender identity, individuals from 2SLGBTQ+ communities, those with visible and invisible disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized groups.
  • Research related to anti-racism and allyship.
  • Research related to economic and social disparities.
  • Research related to equity and social justice in society and organizations.
  • Research related to barriers and facilitators of inclusion and belonging in organizational and societal contexts.
  • Research related to the antecedents and outcomes of equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizational and societal contexts.

    The goal of the funding is to catalyze new research in the EDI space and to set up applicants to apply or additional funding from other sources, including university or national sources. 

    Objective: To support and encourage academic research in the domain of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UBC Sauder. To provide recipients with seed funding to move EDI research forward and to apply for additional funding.

    Eligibility: The Principal Investigator should either be a tenure track research faculty member at UBC Sauder or a UBC Sauder graduate student. If a UBC Sauder Graduate student applies as Principal Investigator, their Co-Applicant must be a UBC Sauder tenure track research faculty member.

    Details: Seed funding may be requested in amounts of up to $5,000 per proposal. A budget justifying how the requested funding will be used is required.


    Decision Criteria: 

    The proposals will be reviewed based on:

    1. The quality of the application: Priority will be given to projects that the reviewers deem to have a high likelihood of leading to published research and/or additional grant funding.
    2. Relevance and impact of the research: Preference will be given to topics that are clearly relevant and impactful in the EDI space.
    3. Need for the funding. A case should be made for the why the funding is needed and how it will move the research forward in terms of publication and/or future funding applications. Preference will be given to projects that have not already received UBC Sauder funding (e.g., the Exploratory Grants program).

    Funding is based on limited funds and will be disbursed based on the above criteria, along with the number of requests for funding.


    Application Procedure:

    Applicants should write a brief summary of the proposed research, including the research question and basic methods of the research. The proposal should outline how the seed funding will be used to move forward the research project, lead to published work, and/or lead to an application for additional grant funding. In addition, the proposal should clearly outline the budget for the requested funds. The proposal should be two pages double spaced (12-point font) maximum.


    Application Deadlines

    January 27th and June 23rd, 2023

    Grants will be adjudicated at two points during 2023. Please note that multiple submissions from the same individual will not be considered in a single round. However, unless withdrawn, applications not successful in the first round will be reconsidered, along with new applications, in the second round.

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