COVID-19 Urban Research-to-Action

The Initiative on Cities (IOC) is issuing a new call for COVID-19 Urban Research-to-Action Proposals. We seek to support new faculty-led research to better understand and begin to address the disproportionate impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on marginalized urban residents, including but not limited to communities of color, low income communities, the elderly, immigrants and the homeless.

Given the urgency of the crisis, we are particularly interested in proposals that will yield more immediate results. Proposals will be reviewed by BU Faculty and IOC Staff, and successful proposals will receive up to $10,000 in funding.

Applications have closed. View the list of awarded projects in Spring 2020.


Projects must be led by tenured, tenure track, unmodified, research, clinical or “of the practice” faculty at Boston University. Full-time instructors and lecturers at Boston University are also eligible to submit proposals.¬†Funds may be used for research expenses including student research assistants, data purchases, equipment, research travel, or incentives for participation. Faculty are not permitted to receive summer salary. Interdisciplinary teams are appreciated but not required.


Applications have closed. 

Please follow the attached RFP guidelines when submitting your proposal. All submissions should be in a single PDF and need not be longer than 4 pages in total. All fields are required.


We are happy to answer any questions that may arise when considering whether to submit a proposal, and we encourage anyone with questions to please contact David Gross at