Seed Grant: Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence

Funding cycle closed.


These grants are meant to bring new researchers into the current group of scholars at IRWG, the Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment. Funded researchers will be part of the Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment and help to launch a collaborative research center. Projects should be focused on some dimension of sexual harassment or gender based violence and proposals should explain how the project will help build a scholarly community of researchers on this topic at Michigan. (Faculty who are collaborating with any current member of the Initiative but have not yet gotten involved themselves will count as new researchers.)

Offered in partnership with the U-M Office of Research (UMOR)

Deadline: The deadline has now passed. Currently we are reviewing proposals. Applicants should receive news of their proposal's status by mid-March.

How to Apply:

Please visit our InfoReady application to submit your proposal and apply online (Login with your U-M credentials)

Award Amounts:

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 three (3) 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) potential to contribute to new collaborations leading to extramural funding; 3) inclusion of appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, social class, or other differences among women and men; and 4) value of the project to the career development of faculty and/or students.

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:

  • Join the Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment and help to launch a collaborative research center, including attending a meeting about future grant development.
  • Acknowledge IRWG and UMOR support in presentations and publications resulting from the funded project.
  • Inform IRWG staff of resulting funding, presentations and publications for publicity purposes.
  • Provide a written report a year from the date of the award that outlines your project activities, any extramural grant submitted and award status, as well as a financial report.

Contact Person:

Jocelyn Stitt, Program Director for Faculty Research Development (, 734.764.9537)