Racial Inequality Request for Proposals

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Thanks to generous funding from The Duke Endowment, the Office of the Provost is accepting research proposals to study “Racial Inequality.” The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2022. We anticipate awards to range from $5,000 to $50,000 with start dates as early as July 1, 2022 and ending by June 30, 2024.

Societal inequities along racial lines have deep historical and systemic roots, and span many areas, such as education, housing, health, economic security, voting and political participation, and the criminal justice system, among others. Interrogating racial inequalities that exist in our society and identifying mechanisms to address them is critical to achieving a more equitable society.

As a major research institution, Duke is well positioned to leverage its strong research expertise and resources to deepen our understanding of racial inequalities and to apply that knowledge to produce more equitable outcomes.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

We invite proposals that engage topics related to the issue of racial inequality. There will be priority consideration for proposals that engage with issues of particular relevance to Durham and North Carolina, but we will also consider projects that focus on other locations in the US, as well as comparative analyses within the US or between the US and other regions. We welcome both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the social sciences, humanities, and arts, as well as proposals from a single faculty member or from groups.

Examples of themes with a focus on racial and socioeconomic inequalities include (but are not limited to): • Education • Health • Economic Security • Housing • Voting and Political Participation • Environment and Climate Change • Criminal Justice System • Religion • Culture • Laws, Policies and Practices

Eligibility Requirements

Duke regular rank faculty can serve as Primary Investigators (PI), with the exception of faculty with primary appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, who are NOT eligible to serve as Primary Investigators, but may participate as research team members provided that the research team has at least 50% of faculty from schools outside of Medicine and Nursing.

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Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 1, 2022