Dean's Research Initiative

The Dean's Research Initiative (DRI) is a competitive grant program aimed at stimulating research, experiential learning, and graduate student research and professional development. Tenured/Tenure Track, Research, Teaching, and Clinical Faculty in BSOS are eligible for faculty awards. All graduate students enrolled in a BSOS program are eligible to apply.


Requirements vary slightly for each type of proposal; please refer to the full RFP for specific information. All proposals must include a narrative, a budget, and a budget justification which explains the relevance of the proposed costs to the scope of work. The period of performance should be 12 months long and begin on or around July 1, 2024.

All proposals are due to InfoReady by 12pm (noon) on Friday, February 23, 2024. Proposals will be considered late if received after this time. No extensions will be granted or late proposals accepted. By 5pm on Friday, February, 23, 2024 applicants will be sent a notice that their application has been received. Award notices will be made on or before Friday, April 5, 2024.

Proposals must be submitted via InfoReady at the following link:

Questions regarding scientific or technical details of proposals can be directed to Dr. Jean McGloin at Questions regarding eligibility, assembly, and submission of proposals should be directed to

Review Criteria:

Other considerations equal, funding preference will be based on the following factors:

  1. Priority will be given to research that represents a new collaboration between/among research scholars from different departments related to either the Inequality or Resilience research hubs.
  2. Priority will be given to applicants who have not recently received DRI funding.
  3. Priority will be given to faculty applications that describe if and how the project relates to or incorporates the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Your application will not be considered for funding if you have received a prior DRI award and have any reports outstanding at the submission deadline.

For detailed information on budget criteria, proposal types, and proposal requirements download the full Request for Proposals.