Antiracism and Social Justice Grant
Description: The Antiracism and Social Justice Research Grant program is one that provides additional financial support to faculty at Kean, who are conducting antiracist research and research that explores and addresses social justice issues. Oppressive systems continue to create social conditions and barriers within our world. We believe these grants will continue to foster Kean’s legacy of innovation, access, and action in our respective community(ies). Additionally, this internal award will build toward Kean’s vision for the future of continued academic excellence, equity, and community. Inspired by institutions like Mount Holyoke, the University of Michigan, Columbia Law School, and the Spencer Foundation, Kean too seeks to prioritize and focus on intellectual projects that address inequality in varying facets of society. Projects that are inter-and multidisciplinary, examine racism along the lines of other forms of oppression and utilize intentional and culturally appropriate methodologies are particularly competitive for this grant.
Purpose: The purpose of these research grants is to uplift and support the work of faculty in the Kean community who are committed to conducting research projects that both illuminate and challenge racism, as well as other social justice issues. It also ensures that as a university invested in the public good and local and global community, that Kean remains committed to the work of antiracism and social justice.
Eligibility and Guidelines:
- Proposals to the Antiracism and Social Justice Research Grants program must be for academic research projects or program evaluations that will contribute to understanding and/or challenging racial inequity or other forms of inequity, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, etc. Activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., professional development).
- All applicants will provide a breakdown of how they will utilize monetary funds.
- Recipients of the grant will participate in a special session as part of Kean’s research day where they will present on the progress of their project.
- All full-time faculty with a home location for one of the Kean USA campuses are eligible to apply.
Applicants must discuss their proposal with their ED or Chair first, and/or with the Dean, before submission.
- Only one application per cycle as lead faculty is allowed
- All funds must be used in the semester they are awarded
- (1) award per year per faculty
- (2) awards or $2,500, whichever comes first, in a 3-year period
*Although all projects will be considered, special consideration will be given to projects that do one of the following: (1) address racial inequity (can occur on the axis of other oppressive inequities), (2) engages in participatory action research (2) supports the advancement of the local and/or Kean community, (3) includes undergraduate students in the research process.
- Data collection for the said project should occur within two years that the grant is awarded.
- PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than two projects for review.
Questions applicants will be asked to consider:
- What implications does your work have to practice, policy, and the well-being of your participants?
- How have you created a research process that challenges antiracism in the research process itself and is equitable and just for the participants themselves?
How to Apply:
- Two application periods - November for spring semester awards; March for fall semester awards
- Application is available for download on the ORSP website; deadlines are posted on the ORSP website as well.
- Submit completed application to ORSP via the electronic link: (Starts Monday, November 1, 2021)
Application Opens: November 1, 2021
Application Closes: December 1, 2021
Application Committee Review: December 2, 2021 – December 16, 2021
DEI/SVP of Research: December 17, 2021- December 23, 2021
Awards announced in January
Application Opens: March 2, 2022
Application Closes: April 1, 2022
Application Committee Review: April 4, 2022- April 18, 2022
DEI/SVP of Research: April 19- April 26, 2022
Awards announced in May
- Requests should not exceed $1,500
- In special circumstances, with justification, amounts up to $2,500 may be requested
- No awards over $2,500 will be made
Examples of Allowable Cost:
- Equipment, materials, and supplies
Note: equipment purchased with grant funding is the property of the University
- Specialized software and databases
- Student support for research purposes
- Travel to conduct primary research
- Conference travel or registration fees
- Faculty salary or overload
- Organization membership fees
- Publication fees
- Retroactive charges for expenditures incurred prior to award approval
- Ranking by Application Review committee comprised of faculty and staff.
- Final decisions by DEI in collaboration with ORSP.