The Blum Initiative Faculty Research Seed Grant (BIFRSG) are internal funds, intended to sponsor faculty research that complements the Blum Initiative’s mission. Specifically, the Blum Initiative aims to encourage the study of poverty throughout the world (including developing countries and/or rich democracies), across the U.S., and especially within the Inland Empire and Southern California. By poverty, the Blum Initiative is interested in relative and material deprivation, economic insecurity, and a host of related inequalities and disparities.
Funding and Use
- Funding & Use of Funds Approximately four BIFRSG’s will be awarded annually and each will not exceed $10,000. The exact size and number of the grants will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.
- Grant monies may be used for any activity or cost directly related to the research proposal, including – but not limited to – data acquisition, travel for research, salaries/benefits for UC Riverside employees, students, and post-docs, equipment and research supplies. Funds may not be used for hiring administrative staff or consultants, or to support the research of another institution. All anticipated expenditures must be included in the budget justification (see application requirements, below). Any major changes regarding the use of funds must be submitted in writing as an amendment and will be authorized at the discretion of the Blum Initiative’s director.
- All UCR employees who are currently eligible to be a principal investigator (see UCR policy #527-3) are welcome to submit proposals.
- Review The Blum Initiative’s steering committee and staff will review applications. The assessment will consider the extent to which the proposal aligns with the objectives of the Blum Initiative, the potential quality and impact of the research, and the applicant’s demonstrated scholarly record and potential. Proposals with the potential for high impact, innovation, and that challenge existing approaches/understandings are encouraged.