IRWG Faculty Seed Grant: Open Topic


The IRWG Faculty Seed Grant program, established in 1996, supports disciplinary and interdisciplinary faculty projects on women, gender and sexuality. Support may be requested for individual activities, such as research assistance, research-related travel, or research materials. We also support collaborative projects, such as pilot studies or initial research efforts. While providing funds for new and emerging work is a priority for this program, requests for support of ongoing programs of research are also considered. Applications from all academic disciplines, including the arts, humanities, and sciences are welcome.


How to Apply:

Submit your proposal and apply online through InfoReady


Funds may be requested from $500 to $10,000, depending on the scope of the project. Typically, awards are given in the mid-range. We encourage applications from those seeking matching funds for grants from other sources, up to our limit.


Tenure-track, non-tenure track, emeritus faculty; clinical faculty; research faculty; and librarians at the University of Michigan are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to include students in project plans, but the principal investigator may not be a student or postdoctoral fellow. Individuals who receive funding are eligible to apply again.

Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted through our online submissions portal. You will need the following items for your proposal:

1) Project Abstract - 100 word summary

2) Project Narrative - In no more than four (4) single-spaced pages, describe:

  • Goals of the project, including how it contributes to the fields of feminist or gender studies
  • Plan for conducting the project, including attention to intersectionality
  • Roles of any collaborators on the project
  • Please clearly address the five selection criteria

3) Project Budget - Please upload one file with your project budget of one page.

  • Outline budget expenses, including their justification.
  • Specify contingent budgets.
  • Any salary expenses must include appropriate calculation of benefits.
  • Please note that faculty salary will not be funded.

4) Curriculum vitae (5-page max) for all collaborators 

Selection Criteria:

Reviewers will score the applications based on EACH of these four criteria:

1) Quality and significance of the scholarly or creative activity proposed; 2) Centrality of research on women, gender, and/or sexuality; 3) Inclusion of an intersectional approach: project appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, social class, or other differences among women and men; 4) Value of the project to the career development of faculty (in terms of scholarly, training, or attaining further external funding) or that of students.

Answering the following questions will strengthen your proposal and reflect the fact that our evaluation criteria may differ from other funders:

1) Why is your project important? What impact will it have? Why is your approach best for addressing this issue? 2) Why should IRWG, in particular, fund this project? How does your project fit IRWG's goal of funding research on gender? 3) How have you attended to issues of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, social class, gender identity, other marginalized identities, or differences among women and men in designing your project? 4) How will your project help to develop your career or the careers of any students working on the project? 5) How will your work contribute to the study of women, gender, or sexuality at UM? What concrete outcomes will result from your work?

Additional Information:

Reviews will be completed by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty affiliated with the institute, including previous Seed Grant recipients.

Human Subjects Review: Compliance with all appropriate regulations governing conduct of research will be required. Research proposals involving the use of human subjects will be subject to project review and approval by the appropriate IRB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain IRB approval in a timely manner so that research is not delayed. 

Post Award Expectations:

  • Acknowledge IRWG support in presentations and publications resulting from the funded project.
  • Inform IRWG of resulting funding, presentations and publications for publicity purposes.
  • If awarded the Faculty Seed Grant, you agree to provide a written report a year from the date of the award that outlines your project activities, the extramural grant submitted and award status, as well as a financial report.
  • Agree to serve as a reviewer for future awards.

Contact Person(s):

Jocelyn Stitt, Program Director for Faculty Research Development (