Financial support for projects that increase representation.

The college’s Diversity Innovation Initiative (DII) is an opportunity meant to provide financial support for projects that aim to increase representation through innovative approaches that address diversity within the college, and mathematics, science, and technology as a whole. There will be a spring application cycle for medium and large tier projects, and small tier proposals will be taken on a rolling basis.

Projects supported by the fund will:

  1. Have the demonstrable purpose of enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  2. Not exceed a 12-month timeline, extensions subject to approval
  3. Be categorized in the following tiers:
  • Small: up to $1,000
  • Medium: up to $5,000
  • Large: up to $20,000

Small-tier grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis during September, October and November for the fall cycle, and during February, March and April for the spring cycle.

Applications will receive a decision approximately one month after submission. Medium- and large-tier grant applications are due March 1. Decisions will be rendered approximately one month after the application deadline. Application PDF should include:

  1. Project Description
  • Title
  • Relevance to DEI
  • Description of activities and target audience
  • Expected outcomes
  • Timeline/schedule
  1. Budget and justification
  2. Project personnel and roles
  • The project description will not exceed two (small tier or medium tier) or four (large tier) pages (minimum of: 1” margins, 11 pt font, single-spaced document), in a PDF format.
  • All students, faculty, and staff members of the College of Science and Technology are eligible to submit an application.
  • All student-led projects must include a CST faculty member as an advisor.
  • Efficiency of proposal budget will be a strong consideration, and we may request descoping options from PIs to maximize the reach of the DII program.


Past DII Fund Awarded Projects: