- Application deadline: Applications are now closed. Applications will be open for the next cycle in Spring 2021.
- Funding decision: Mid-May – funds available for use beginning July 1, 2021 and must be expended by June 30, 2022.
- Award amount: Up to $10,000 for research seed grants and up to $5,000 for pedagogy grants.
The UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy invites proposals from UCLA faculty for grants to support research and pedagogy related to the Institute’s key research themes.
- Housing Justice in Unequal Cities
- Future of Finance
- Policing and Incarceration
- Sanctuary Spaces
- Decolonizing the University
The Institute’s research themes remain as relevant as ever to the urgent questions at hand. All around the world, and especially here in the United States, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed and deepened lived inequalities. It is also evident that well after the public health emergency has abated, there will be prolonged disaster for communities that experience the everyday crisis that is racial capitalism. With this in mind, we encourage the submission of projects that address the current crisis, as well as those that address the crisis that has always been present. Also important, as we noted in the recent Institute Dispatch, is the role of the public university. We are on the threshold of a new era of austerity, one that portends the restructuring of labor and pedagogy at our universities. But this is also the time, both within and beyond universities, for renewed imaginations and practices of social justice, public investment, and grassroots organizing. With this in mind, we encourage the submission of projects that connect research, scholarship, and pedagogy to such community and public agendas and priorities.
All UCLA Academic Senate and Non-Senate faculty are eligible to apply either on an individual basis or as a team. In the case of the latter, the application must indicate a lead researcher/instructor. 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’s funds will be used to expand or deepen the research and its impacts.
The following are priorities with regards to proposal review:
- Organizing knowledge to challenge inequality is the Institute’s mandate and with this in mind, research and pedagogy that advance critical thinking or that can make a decisive conceptual contribution to a topic, are welcome. We are especially interested in research, scholarship, and/or teaching that demonstrates how “organizing knowledge” can challenge established academic wisdom, contribute to public debate, and/or build power for communities and movements.
- We are keen to support research and pedagogy developed in partnership with movement-based scholars and community organizations. In such cases, we ask that you provide us with a detailed explanation of your alliance with the relevant movement or organization and how this project will strengthen that alliance.
- Whether the research or teaching is located in a single neighborhood or concerned with translocal networks, we aim to highlight the global forces that might be at work in processes of displacement and dispossession and the struggles at hand. We encourage research and pedagogy that has an expansive socio-spatial imagination, be it located in global Los Angeles or elsewhere in the world.
- We share research and pedagogy with multiple academic and public audiences. Please consider the genres and formats through which you share your work, be it a field-defining syllabus, an opinion piece, creative work, or social science peer-reviewed publications.
While we ask that research and pedagogy funds be expended June 30, 2021, we recognize that no-cost extensions may be necessary in order to deal with ongoing research disruptions and delays. Grantees are expected to provide the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy with a project summary and images in Summer 2021. Projects that receive grants must acknowledge the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy in all programs, public information materials, social media, and publications resulting from the grant.
Please submit a research proposal (not to exceed five pages) outlining the key research questions and contributions of the project. While we are not looking for an elaborate research design, we would like to understand the methodologies you plan to use in such research and how these are aligned with the theoretical and conceptual stakes of the work. The proposal should address the themes and priorities listed in this call. In addition, please submit a budget and a short two-page CV for each of the faculty researchers involved in the project.
For pedagogy proposals, please describe the specific teaching endeavor for which you are requesting support. Explain how the Institute’s grant can make a difference and how you plan to extend such pedagogy beyond a specific course or syllabus. The proposal should address the themes and priorities listed in this call. In addition, please submit a budget and a short two-page CV for each of the faculty researchers involved in the project.