The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) Innovation Grant Program in Newark has three goals:
- To fund research, scholarly activities, and community engagement project that advance the role of RU-N as an anchor institution through innovative approaches to diversity, equity, advocacy, and inclusion.
- To fund creative projects that advance the university’s goal to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse community.
- To equip individuals with the cross-cultural skills necessary to engage with others in ways that foster dialogue, enable understanding and promote resilience when conflict occurs.
Project topics on diversity and inclusion may include:
- Climate, Culture, and Community building
- Access, advocacy, and equity
- Training, learning, and development
Highest consideration will be given to projects that:
- Involve collaboration (across departments/offices/schools/colleges, communities, and/or by faculty/staff/student)
- Promote cross-campus, intergroup, and partnership approaches to support the anchor mission.
- Have the potential for a significant impact (e.g., sustainable, replicable, and/or far-reaching)
- Include outcomes that are impactful, meaningful, clearly outlined, and measurable.
Faculty, students, postdoctoral trainees, and staff across Rutgers–Newark are eligible to apply. We will make awards across all campus roles and strongly encourage applications from all members of the campus community.
- Application Deadline: October 15
- Notification of Awards: November 12
- Project Start Date: As soon as possible
- Project End Date: June 30, 2022
- IDEA Grant Showcase: April 2022
- Student applicants must be affiliated with a registered student organization with a budgetary account number or have the administrative support of their academic department in order to transfer funding. A letter of recommendation from the students’ sponsor or Campus Office collaborator (e.g., faculty member or appropriate representative from a university office/center or student organization) must be included as an attachment with the application.
- If the activity would require certain partnerships to come to fruition within or beyond the campus, those partners should be identified and have signed on to the application at the time of submission. Projects that propose a partnership with community organizations and entities, such as local schools, non-profit agencies, etc., will require a letter of support to be submitted with the proposal.
- Feasibility that the project can be completed in the time outlined.
- Budget feasibility and realistic accounting for costs;
- Costs or fees associated with any outside speakers must be reflected in the budget.
- IDEA Innovation Grants cannot be used to fund the following types of activities:
- individual travel;
- personnel costs (e.g., salary for a current Rutgers employee and/or student worker salaries);
- publication costs; and
- conference fees, etc.
Grants range from $250 to $2,500. Grants exceeding $2,500 require cost-sharing with another office. Funds are considered one-time seed funds. Examples include:
- creating a learning community to promote the development of knowledge or skill-building through a facilitated reading group, series of workshops, or training and planned activities to extend the skills learned;
- creating a key resource to fill a campus need that will advance an inclusive culture;
- innovations in teaching and performance that aim to promote inclusion in the classroom;
- activities that promote community-building, using an intergroup, multi-unit, or partnership approach; and
- improving communication across difference.
Burgstahler's "Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice" at $34/copy x 16 people
Evans, Broido, Brown, and Wilke's "Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach" at $28.50/copy x 16 people
Breakfast for participants
Workshop fee for external Universal Design Learning expert trainer for three workshop sessions
Center for Student Success research contribution
As a condition of receiving the grant funds, awardees are required to assist in sharing their experience with their campus community, for example, through department newsletters, publications, and/or websites. Awardees are also expected to attend the IDEA symposium to showcase their project and highlights its impact on the university or surrounding community. Awardees must also complete a standardized final report limited to 1000 words that describes:
- Program goals and objectives: What was the need? How was the identified need addressed and how effective was the project?
- Project evaluation, outcomes, and impact: Describe how the project effectiveness and its success was determined and evaluated.
- Sustainability: How will the program continue? If applicable, describe future plans to continue, extend, or modify this program.
- Final budget: Financial record to include all direct expenditures and receipts.
Appendices (if applicable): Share any publications about the project through presentations, articles, press releases or other products created, such as websites, course materials or modules etc.
Use the link below to submit your application for a Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) innovation grant by October 15. Only applications submitted through Qualtrics will be reviewed. Have questions? Write to email@example.com.