Learn More Research Grants

The Learn More Research Grants support BU faculty members’ high-impact research on social issues related to the annual Learn More Series theme. Through these grants, BU D&I will support the critical work of scholars dedicated to contributing to a more just society through their research. These small research grants are designed to provide funding for new and ongoing innovative studies that challenge us to think differently and more critically about the year’s social justice-related theme. Applicants may request up to $5,000 in funding. 

This grant will support awardees in advancing our understanding and knowledge of the annual theme through engaging interdisciplinary research teams and creative methodologies, resulting in academic and non-academic publications, presentations, and laying the groundwork for further research.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are closed.

2022-23 Grant Timeline

February 15, 2022 Applications Open Online
April 15, 2022 Applications Close
May 2, 2022 Grant Recipient Notification

Your application must include: 

  • The names of research team members, including their title and institution. 
  • Two paragraphs or less describing the research project and its goals. 
  • One paragraph or less describing how your research aligns with Boston University’s Diversity Statement. 
  • One paragraph or less describing how your research will advance knowledge or understanding of the year’s Learn More Series theme (AY 22-23: LGBTQIA+ Identity & Experiences) . The Learn More Series specifically seeks to answer the following questions about the annual theme: 
    1. What is it? 
    2. How does it work? 
    3. Where does it manifest? 
    4. How do we interrupt it? 
  • One paragraph or less describing how the proposed research project seeks to disrupt or interrupt institutional and/or systemic oppression related to the annual theme and/or spur social change. 
  • A budget proposal that specifies the total amount requested (up to $5,000). Grant funds may not be used to pay or provide stipend to Boston University faculty or staff members. Payment to students (undergraduate or graduate) is permissible. Other funding sources or requested funding sources should be reported. 

      Preference will be given to those proposals that engage students in the research process and/or are interdisciplinary in nature. Applicants must hold a faculty appointment at Boston University, but individuals from other institutions, including staff members, may be included on research teams.

      Applicants will be required to produce a report at the end of the grant period that includes a detailed final expense report. They should also be prepared to engage with the BU Diversity & Inclusion office to publicize their research projects and/or findings during the grant period or after it has concluded.