Funding Opportunities

Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards: Call for Proposals

Academic Year 2016-2017

Purpose of the Award

Inclusive excellence is integral to UC Irvine’s ascendancy among globally preeminent universities. This commitment animates our research, teaching and service mission as a land-grant public university. The purpose of the Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award is to promote advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion at UC Irvine. Award recipients may use funds for research costs and/or release time.  Through support of faculty activity in this vital area, this award program will spur the growth of campus capacity for inclusive excellence among faculty, students, staff, as well as the communities served by UCI locally, nationally, and globally.


All senate faculty—including those in the Lecturer P/SOE series—are eligible to apply for an Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards. A completed application will include a proposal (up to 1000 words), proposed budget (up to $5000), and letter of support from either a chair or dean. The proposed activities may encompass research, teaching and mentoring, or service, and must be completed within one year of the award. The funded activities are expected to broaden participation in higher education while expanding the breadth of experience of university life. To this end, proposals should be directed toward at least one or more of these aspirational goals:

  • Deepen the understanding of race, gender, class, sexuality, immigration status and/or other identities
  • Promote  emotional intelligence and intercultural competency
  • Build and sustain partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Advance achievement among  educationally disadvantaged communities
  • Contribute to an affirmative climate for all members of the Anteater community

Proposal Submission and Reporting

The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 31, 2016. Awards will be announced by December 1, 2016. All award recipients will be required to submit an activity summary and financial report by Jan 31, 2018.

Please submit your completed proposal HERE.

For questions regarding the Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards, please contact Samantha Anderson-Mekhail at or 949-824-8250.