College of Science Diversity and Equity Small Grants Program

Program Overview: The purpose of this grant program is to provide resources for members of the College of Science to offer programming and other opportunities to increase the diversity and the educational and working climate in units across the College of Science.

Eligibility: Members from each of the five academic departments (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics) as well as the Cyclotron are eligible to submit Small Grants Program proposals each year. Collaborative proposals involving two or more college units are encouraged. Proposals may be submitted by faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students.

There is no limit to the number of applications from each college unit/group.

Funding Amounts: The maximum funding amount is $2000 per activity.

Examples of Potential Activities: Funding is to be used to develop and support programs that will advance the college’s mission to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational and working environment. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • mentoring groups
  • use of social media/virtual spaces to address diversity, equity and climate issues
  • innovative pedagogical training to help with curriculum development and implementation
  • development of mentoring strategies and training
  • workshop, lecture, and dialogue series
  • development programs relating to climate and diversity

Application Materials: Proposals are limited to 1 page (excluding budget) and should include the following components:

  • Aims and Objectives: What are you proposing to do? What are the objectives of this project?
  • Methods and Strategies: What methods will be used to implement the project and what is the rationale for using them? What are the strategies and methods to ensure that participation in this project is achieved?
  • Impact: Why is this project important to carry out? What needs will be met? What is the impact of the expected outcomes?
  • Challenges: What are the challenges you expect to encounter in implementing and reaching desired outcomes and how will you address them?
  • Evaluation Plan: How will the success of the project be evaluated? Funded projects will be required to provide a detailed final report and evaluation.
  • Budget Justification: Explain how and when funds will be spent.

All requests must be approved by the department head. Evidence of support from departmental diversity committees can be included as well.

Application Process

All proposals received by April 9, 2021 by 5pm will be given full consideration. Proposals may be considered at other times pending fund availability. Please direct all inquiries regarding these proposals to Dr. Derya Akleman ([email protected]), Assistant Dean for Diversity and College Climate.

Assessment Criteria

The Innovation and Small Grants proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria (100 pts):

  1. Potential to Enhance Diversity, Climate, Equity & Inclusion – Does this project have the potential to improve the diversity, climate, equity, accountability, and/or inclusion objectives of our campus and college? How valuable is this approach in doing so? (30 pts)
  2. Impact – Will this project have short-term and long-term impact on climate, inclusion, and diversity in the College of Science/TAMU campus? Which target groups will it be serving? (30 pts)
  3. Feasibility – Is this project realistic in its goals? Is it feasible to achieve the proposed outcomes within the time period and the requested resources? (20 pts)
  4. Collaboration – To what extent does this project benefit multiple constituencies in the college? (e.g., faculty plus staff; staff plus students, etc.) Is this project partnering/benefiting from the strengths of other units on campus? (10 pts)
  5. Sustainability – Will this project have sustainable impact on campus climate, inclusion, and diversity beyond the term of the grant? (10 pt

Diversity and Equity Small Grants Program

  • ex: Assistant Professor, Instructional Assistant Professor, Research Professor, etc.
  • Maximum funding amount is $2,000
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Proposals are limited to 1 pages (excluding budget and Department Head Letter of Support).