The University of South Carolina is committed to ending racial injustice, racism and discrimination while promoting racial equity and racial justice throughout society. The Office of the Vice President for Research, working in collaboration with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is proud to launch the new Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund to support research that centers on race, racial justice and racial equity through ASPIRE Program funds. By empowering our world-class faculty, the University of South Carolina aims to promote real and lasting racial justice in our local community, our state and our nation.
This competitive research funding initiative is open to all faculty in all disciplines across the UofSC system. Awards of $10,000 to $15,000 will be made on a rolling basis from Wednesday, July 15, 2020, through Wednesday, September 30, 2020, to fund activities including, but not limited to:
- Developing new, innovative research or scholarly projects to deepen understanding of the ways race, racism and racial prejudice function in society and generate substantive advancements for racial equity or racial justice
- Taking existing research and scholarship on racial equity and justice in a new direction
- Organizing a conference or meeting with the goals of generating information on effective practices and gathering innovative ideas
Larger infrastructure awards will be considered, contingent upon available funding.
To facilitate broad dissemination of findings, Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund award recipients will present the results of their projects at a virtual conference on racial equity and justice that will be organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2021.
Download the Request for Proposals (pdf) for complete information on the Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund initiative, including proposal requirements, etc.
9 July 2020