The Office of the President is pleased to announce the 2021 Request for Proposals for the UC-HBCU Initiative. This systemwide initiative is designed to assist UC faculty interested in developing and encouraging efforts to achieve a more inclusive educational environment of excellence. The goal of the UC-HBCU Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities completing UC academic doctoral programs. UC faculty grants are available to support HBCU students conducting summer research with UC faculty at a UC campus; and also support departmental efforts to facilitate greater faculty collaboration between UC and HBCU institutions and to increase applications from HBCU scholars to UC PhD programs. Again this year, one Principal Investigator per project may include 1/9 (1/12 for UCSF PIs) summer salary to help support efforts during the summer(s) in which the projects are active. These funds are being provided by each of the chancellors as a commitment to valuing faculty work, on behalf of inclusive excellence, at their campus. We hope this will facilitate faculty continuing to undertake this important work.
In addition to Summer Research Internship Support (one-year) and Summer Research and Graduate Admission Pathways (three-year) grants, there is a new Small Research Grant option. PIs for the Small Research Grants are not eligible for summer salary support and grant projects are not required to have summer research experiences for students or an HBCU partner.
Since 2012, 640 HBCU students have participated in hosted summer research internships across 9 UC campuses. There are currently 70 PhD students and two master’s students enrolled across eight UC campuses as a direct result of this Initiative.
The Initiative is in direct support of Appointment and Promotion review and appraisal criteria as established in the Academic Personnel Manual:
APM 210 – https://ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-210.pdf. This effort also supports the Diversity Statement, adopted as policy in 2007, by the UC Regents.