Latinx Studies Seed (LSS) Grants Program Announced

The Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with the Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Latinx Studies Seed (LSS) Grants Program. These LSS Grants are designed to help launch and support research projects related to topics relevant to Latinx populations in the United States, including (but not limited to) comparative studies that attend to forces that shape the experiences of Latinx groups (including those of Mexican, Central American, Caribbean, and South American origin) and other historically marginalized populations. As such, proposals funded by this grant program may also have implications for Black, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, immigrant, and refugee communities. Projects that incorporate research training opportunities for first generation and underrepresented students are highly encouraged and will be prioritized.  This funding competition is open to scholars of any discipline.

The goal of the LSS Grants is to facilitate investigators’ preparedness for attaining extramural funding. Grants must be used to design and launch work-in-progress where the PI has not previously been awarded major research funding for the proposed project. LSS Grants can be used for the development of proof-of-concepts, the collection of pilot data and archival research, drafting of white papers, creation of functional prototypes, development of preliminary art and multimedia work, training programs that allow the research team to be competitive for future funding, the study of campus climate issues, and other deliverables. As a multi-year commitment, LSS Grants are a part of the HSI Infrastructure Initiative announced by Chancellor Block and EVCP Carter in Sept 2021. Successful LSS projects are expected to advance the goals of the HSI Initiative by enhancing UCLA’s commitment to supporting scholarship with implications for diverse Latinx communities.

In addition to LSS grant funding, it is anticipated that the lead principal investigator (PI) will participate, along with other members of their cohort, in grants development workshops/activities hosted by ORCA and IAC during the grant period. This includes meeting with national and local foundation and philanthropic representatives.  The goal is to advance academic research by providing grantees with greater access and tools to build and broaden their exposure to major grants development resources.

Extended Deadline for Proposals: March 28, 2022.

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