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Research and research-related opportunities / 2021-2022 academic year

NEW! UNF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Research Grant

The UNF College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) Dean's Office and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) are pleased to announce their collaboration to identify and fund proposals in support of COAS faculty and undergraduate student teams wishing to advance research in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

The 2021-2022 DEI Research Grant seeks to support up to three (3) student-faculty research projects focused on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Such research funding has been recommended by the COAS Diversity and Inclusion Plan, found on the COAS Diversity and Inclusion website.

All COAS faculty and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. 


The DEI Research Grant will award up to $1,500 in student funding per project team (funded by the OUR) and up to $500 in faculty funding per project team (funded by the COAS Dean's office). The OUR-COAS collaborative will make up to three (3) project team awards.

Faculty winners of a DEI Research Grant may not apply for the award in the subsequent year. The faculty must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent year (faculty on leave are excused from this service).

Application instructions 

The student member(s) of the project team must first apply for an OUR research grant, noting within the project description that the proposal is for a DEI Research Grant. The project will then automatically be considered for the partnering COAS faculty research grant. The OUR application packet and instructions are found on the OUR website under Research Grants.


Complete application packets must be submitted via email to the OUR ( no later than midnight on Thursday, October 1, 2021. Applications will be vetted and sent to the COAS Committee no later than Thursday, October 15, 2021. Awardees will be selected and notified by Friday, November 26, 2021. All funds must be expended before the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2022) in which the award was made. It is recommended that the faculty award be used as a stipend to assure the funds will not be swept at the end of the fiscal year.

Selection process

Each application first will be vetted by the Office of Undergraduate Research for completion and eligibility. Once the application has been reviewed and determined eligible by the OUR, it will be forwarded to the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) Dean's Office to be evaluated by a committee consisting of COAS faculty and the OUR coordinator. Using the DEI proposal evaluation rubric, the committee will select up to three research teams to receive a DEI Research Grant.


Faculty award recipients will submit a written report to the COAS Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement that demonstrates the outcomes of the project. The report is due before the end of the following academic year spring semester. Thus, if the award is received in November of 2021, the report will be due in May of 2023. Submission of the report is a requirement to be eligible for any future COAS faculty funding awards.


Student recipients of the DEI Research Grant agree to present the current state of their findings at the SOARS 2022 Virtual Conference in April 2022.

The DEI Research Grant faculty recipients agree to offer a research presentation during the academic year following the award. The presentation can be a departmental seminar, college lecture, or public lecture to share findings and recommendations (if any) for future research. The undergraduate researcher(s) may be included in the presentation at faculty discretion. For the award received in November of 2021, the lecture will take place in the 2022-23 academic year.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Lovins, COAS Associate Director ( or Kaitlyn Minnicks, OUR Coordinator (