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Faculty Professional Development Center Grants: Diversity Grant Competition

The Office of the Chancellor for the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has released the 2009 -2010  Request for Proposals (RFP) for Programs in Support of Equity and Diversity.

  • The purpose of the funding is to support vital System-wide initiatives designed to achieve and promote diversity by serving the educational needs of historically underrepresented minority students, faculty and staff populations. 
  • Funding support will be considered and determined on a case-by-case basis ~ individual proposals will be allocated a maximum of $10,000 for Service Categories 1,2, or 3 and Research Scholar grants and a maximum of $15,000 in Categories 4 and 5, while collaborative proposals with other System universities will be allocated a maximum of $20,000.  
  • The Request for Proposal is divided into two parts:
    • Part I offers support for Program Grant Projects that address any group or any issue that fall within the aegis of the PASSHE equity plan and address one of the following categories:  1) recruitment/retention, 2) outreach, 3)  campus climate, 4) curriculum and 5) teacher workforce.  
    • Part II offers Research Scholar Grant Projects that support scholarly research in comparative or theoretical studies in a discipline of study related to diversity in Higher Education, including racial/ethnic studies, gender studies.
  • NEW THIS YEAR!  The Chancellor's Office will conduct an assessment workshop prior to the proposal submission due date.  All project directors who apply for funds must participate in this workshop.  Any project director who previously attended the workshop is NOT required to participate this year.  The workshop will be conducted through ITV broadcast to each University.  The workshop will be conducted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 312 Duda.  
  •  The deadline for the final proposal and routing sheet (approved by your chair and dean) is due Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm.  All proposals must be delivered to the Office of Grants and Contracts located at 425 Dixon Hall.
  • All proposals submitted must include a hard copy and an electronic copy (    
  • Those completed proposals that are received by the deadline will be subject to an on-campus review.   The focus of the campus review will be conducted by a small committee whose recommendation of finalists will be made to Lenora Angelone, Special Assistant to the President for EEO/University Ombudsperson.    
  • Five finalists for the Part I, Program Grant Projects, and one finalist for the Part II, Research Scholar Grant Projects, will be submitted to the Chancellor's Office for the System-wide competition.
  • It is important to note that Chancellor's Office has limited the proposal to a cover sheet, abstract form, three page narrative and itemized budget request.   
  • The Request for Proposal can be accessed at the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research web page and clicking on Funding Opportunities.  

If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, please contract Cheryl Vogrig, Director, The Office of Grants and Contracts, at extension 1662 or