Call For Action On Racial Justice

Ohio State has established the Seed Fund for Racial Justice to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism and racial disparities found in all aspects of American society.

Grants will be used to seed innovative, untested, and/or exploratory research approaches and creative ideas that will contribute to the elimination of racism and solve its underlying causes and consequences on our campuses, in our community, and across the nation. Proposals are expected to be interdisciplinary, innovative, and translational. They should also result in or create a clear path to, substantive change in policies, practices, programs, and processes in our systems, and in tangible human behaviors and societal outcomes.

The seed grant program was developed at the request of the Office of the President through a collaboration of leaders from the offices of Research, Diversity and Inclusion, Outreach and Engagement and Academic Affairs, and the colleges of Education and Human Ecology and Social Work.


Anyone with PI status is eligible to be the lead applicant. Proposals must include a Community Partner as co-investigator AND at least one other Ohio State investigator (faculty, research staff or post docs) from an intellectually distinct discipline AND a different college.

Budget and Duration

Projects should be of 12 months or less duration. Proposals may be submitted in one of the following tiers:

  • Small grants, $5,000 to $25,000, suitable for secondary data or policy/program analysis, small-scale survey work, curriculum or symposia development, creative works, or community conversations leading to evidenced-based, actionable recommendations for specific change, clear societal benefit, or small scale pilot implementation.
  • Large grants, $25,000 to $50,000, suitable for works of creative expression, research, or program development with pilot implementation on the Ohio State campuses or in a community setting


The Seed Fund Steering Committee expects to host two rounds of competition. The timeline and available funding for Round 2 will be announced following the conclusion of the Round 1 competition.

  • September 15, 2020 – Round 1 Concept Papers due, 5 p.m. EST
  • September 30, 2020 – Concept Paper decisions announced
  • October 31, 2020 – Round 1 Invited Full Proposals due, 5 p.m. EST
  • December 1, 2020 – Round 1 Awards announced

The project period for all awarded Round 1 projects will be January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Arts and Humanities Matching Funds

The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme (GAHDT) is steadfast in its commitment to cross-disciplinary research and creative practices that address struggles for racial justice and empower faculty and students to contribute to society as change agents. To further these commitments and support Ohio State’s Call for Action on Racial Justice, GAHDT announces a 1:1 matching funds opportunity in conjunction with the Seed Fund for Racial Justice.

Join a brainstorming/networking session Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom. RSVP at




Review the Frequently Asked Questions for Concept Paper Submissions.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions for Full Proposal Submission.


Watch the webinar to learn more about applying for the Seed Fund for Racial Justice