Multicultural Research Awards (MRA)

MRA Awards are now being offered in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research via the Grant-in-Aid Program. MRA Applications should be submitted under the Grant-In-Aid Multicultural Research Category. Fall applications are due September 19, 2022. 

About the Award

Through the Multicultural Research Awards, the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) seeks to support the University’s diverse community of scholars by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of faculty who are conducting interdisciplinary research. These awards are meant to support innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues.

Since its inception in 1996, the MRA has awarded over 1.5 million dollars to more than 165 University of Minnesota faculty from at least 45 different disciplines working in equity and diversity research.

Award recipients are required to present their work as part of Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposia sponsored throughout the academic year. Awardees are also encouraged to showcase their research at the Gallery of Excellence, a showcase of equity and diversity research preceding the annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

Spring 2021 Multicultural Research Awardees

Congratulations to the faculty who received Multicultural Research Awards during the Spring 2021 application cycle:

Blanca Caldas Chumbes – CEHD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction 
Project Title – Translingual Latinx Ethnic Studies Summer School (TLESSS) for Bilingual/Bicultural Elemen

Mary Caprioli – Duluth,Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies
Project Title – Breaking Boundaries: A Sociopolitical Explanation of Adolescent Female Gender Identity Alternatives

Jose Debes – School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine
Project Title – H2U: Recruitment of underrepresented minority (URM) high school students into global health and health equity research