The Bridge initiative (Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity) at Rice University seeks to further: 1) knowledge of the patterns, causes, consequences, and experience of inequality; 2) dialogue and action with respect to inequality on campus and in the Houston area; and 3) the training of future scholars of inequality.
The initiative provides seed funding to support research endeavors that explore inequality within the racially and ethnically diverse environment of Houston and the broader Gulf Coast Region. We seek proposals for new research endeavors, extensions of current projects, the generation of new data, and/or academic partnerships that address or inform our understanding of inequality. In particular, we encourage research that builds on Rice University’s specializations in the areas of urban, health, and education inequality.
Although it is not strictly required, it is strongly encouraged that each application include a minimum of two faculty members as principal researchers. It is expected that awarded research will lead to proposals that generate external funding.
Awards are funded up to a maximum of $50,000 and may extend for up to three years.
Proposals must be written for an inter-disciplinary audience and include:
The selection committee will consider the demonstrated ability of the investigator(s) and the potential for the proposal to:
In addition, the committee will favor proposals that satisfy as many of the following as possible:
Seed grants can be used for research-related expenses, including, but not limited to: support for graduate or undergraduate assistants, project-related travel, information collection, production expenses, supplies, and support for seminars and training. Seed grants cannot be used for course-related expenses or travel unrelated to the project (e.g. conference travel to present findings).
In conjunction with their application for a seed grant, applicants may also apply for a “BRIDGE Visiting Scholar Grant” to support engagement with a scholar, practitioner, or professional from beyond Rice.
Proposals are due on or before December 5, 2019. Proposals must be submitted by email to BRIDGE@rice.edu. Awards will be announced by February 7, 2020.