Faculty Driven

IDEA has launched a new initiative, Faculty Driven, that invites faculty to creatively address equity and diversity needs within their departments. This program provides funding for faculty to develop programs that strengthen the University’s diverse community of scholars.

Funding will be provided for proposals that clearly articulate how programming will enhance instruction, increase research productivity, improve student outcomes, and/or contribute to faculty development. Recognizing that each department has unique needs that require specific and targeted programming, funding can be utilized in a variety of ways. For example, the development of workshops or initiation of faculty writing groups.

Faculty Driven Proposals

Maximum Funding Request - $5000

Fall Application deadline: December 30, 2021
Complete applications should be emailed to oedidea@umn.edu

A proposal should be innovative and creative, have a broad faculty community impact, and focus on collaborative experiences. They should include information related to the six areas below. If a proposal does not address all six areas listed below, it may not be reviewed.

  1. Motivation for the programming
  2. Anticipated community building outcomes
  3. Target audience
  4. Plans for sustainability
  5. Predicted participation numbers
  6. Information about program leaders


All faculty employed at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply for these funds.

Funding Cycle

Faculty Driven has a fall and spring funding cycle during the academic year.

Fall Submissions
Deadline: December 30, 2021. These awards are for programs to be enacted in the following spring semester.

Spring Submissions
Opens in January and closes in April. These awards are for programs to be enacted in the following summer or fall semester.

    How to Apply

    Complete applications should be emailed to: oedidea@umn.edu. The subject line should read "Faculty Driven Proposal".

      Applications should contain these components:

      1. Program Title
      2. Principal Investigator (faculty member)
      3. Abstract: Provide a 200-word description of the proposed faculty program
      4. Proposal Narrative: Length - Two page, single-spaced proposal, 12 point font
      5. Budget: Include a budget request and 500-word justification