Call for Proposals: Seed Grants from the Feminist Research Institute, due Dec 9


The Feminist Research Institute (FRI) invites proposals from UC Davis faculty for collaborative projects that use feminist approaches to engage in transformative, trans-disciplinary research. FRI-funded research will bring feminist thinking to bear on the most pressing problems and challenges of our times.

Potential projects are those that seek to reduce gender inequalities, or whose methodologies are shaped by critical examination of gender categories as they intersect with race, class, and other categories of difference, or address power dynamics in the collection, interpretation or presentation of data, or consider how the position of the researcher affects design, execution, and interpretation of research. Projects should seek to realize the potential of feminism to ask new questions, develop new methodologies, provoke innovative practices, create new connections, reach out to communities, and engage new audiences.
Seed grant funding may be used to develop a promising idea, pilot-test a method, gather preliminary data, further an ongoing collaboration, or otherwise provide support that will improve a project’s chance of receiving external funding. Proposals are encouraged that involve collaboration with faculty from more than one college/school.

Submissions should fall in line with and further the mission of FRI to explore how gender, sexuality, race, and other social structures inform the design, execution, and interpretation of research. FRI will generate transformative, paradigm-shifting linkages across disciplines by bringing feminist ethics and methodologies to bear on inquiries spanning the basic sciences, social sciences, humanities, health sciences, engineering, law, economics, and agriculture and environmental science.
Who Can Apply: UC Davis Academic Senate or Academic Federation faculty. Faculty can only be involved in one seed grant per cycle, and cannot be current members of the FRI Board of Directors.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Application Deadline: December 9, 2016

Awards Announced: January 2017

Funding Time Frame: March 2017-June 2018

Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following to by the December 9, 2016 deadline:

  1. Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  2. Project Description (1,000 words max)
    The description should:

    • have a clear research question,
    • explain the academic relevance,
    • articulate how the project integrates feminist approaches,
    • describe activities that will be undertaken as part of the seed grant and their relationship to a broader research project eligible for external funding,
    • and identify specific funding opportunities the PIs plan to pursue.
  3. Seed Grant Budget and Budget Justification (funds cannot be used for alcohol)
  4. Curriculum Vitae or Biosketch for PIs and major collaborators (5 pages max)

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the FRI Board of Directors based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of research question and academic relevance of topic.
  • Degree to which feminist approaches are foundational to and integrated in the project.
  • Clear, achievable activities that address the research question in a way that is both specific and furthers the broader research project.
  • Ambitious yet realistic plan for pursuing future external funding.
  • Trans-disciplinary scope that includes faculty from different disciplines/colleges.


Contact FRI Associate Director Sarah Rebolloso McCullough ( with questions about the seed grant competition or application process.