- Application deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019 at 5:00pm
- Funding decision: Mid-June: Funds available for use beginning July 1, 2019 and must be expended by June 30, 2020
- Award amount: Up to $10,000
- The Institute on Inequality and Democracy (II&D) invites applications from UCLA faculty for grants to support research related to II&D’s key research themes:
- Housing Justice in Unequal Cities
- Debt and Predatory Financialization
- Policing and IncarcerationDecolonizing the University
All UCLA faculty are eligible to apply either on an individual basis or as a research team. In the case of the latter, the application must indicate a lead researcher.
Projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Research developed in partnership with social movements and community-based organizing. The Institute welcomes all quantitative and qualitative research and evidence-based methodologies but ask that the research framework explicitly address how university-movement collaborations might be built and sustained. More ambitiously, we are interested in how such collaborations can generate new formats of research, be it the research questions that are posed, or the data that is collected, or how research is distributed and disseminated.
- The Institute’s mandate is to organize knowledge to challenge inequality and welcomes research that advances critical thinking and that can make a decisive conceptual contribution to the topic at hand. We are especially interested in research that can demonstrate how “organizing knowledge” can challenge established academic wisdom, contribute to public debate, or have impact on a policy decision. We welcome projects that express a strong point of view and that dare to think beyond conventional norms.
- The Institute’s work has a global scope. Whether the research is located in a single neighborhood or concerned with translocal networks, we hope to highlight the global forces that might be at work in the processes and struggles at hand. We thus encourage research that has such a critical imagination, be it located in global Los Angeles or elsewhere.
- We ask that the research have a public orientation, i.e. an intent of speaking to public issues and/or addressing audiences that lie beyond the university. With this in mind, we welcome various genres of scholarship, including artistic performance, opinion pieces, creative writing, policy-oriented briefs, and social science peer-reviewed publication.
We require a short project update/summary by April 1, 2020. Projects that were awarded grants must acknowledge the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin in all programs, public information materials, and publications resulting from the grant.
Faculty with current grants from the Institute who wish to apply for an additional year of funding must clearly demonstrate the research findings and conceptual contributions generated by the first round of funding and indicate how the second year of funding will be used to disseminate these findings. This should include a detailed discussion of which audiences will be the focus of dissemination and the expected impacts of such dissemination.
Successful proposals may be funded in full or in part at the discretion of the review committee. The review committee will be made up of UCLA faculty and members of the Institute’s community and social movement partners. Funding will be for one year with the possibility of renewal through a new proposal competition next year. Faculty awards will be dispersed after notification of award.