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06/27/21 11:59 PM EDT
Grants to USA and territories IHEs, nonprofits, agencies, for-profits, and researchers for projects to improve workplace equity for minority workers. A letter of inquiry must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for research into projects that will help correct social inequity and offer potential solutions for enduring economic security beginning in the near term and create meaningful upward mobility in the longer term.
WorkRise seeks Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for research projects that better define a challenge facing economically vulnerable workers and/or generate new evidence about potential solutions, meaning practices, policies, or programs that could increase the economic resilience and mobility of such workers.
Proposals should address critical issues in one of the following four areas. Although projects may address more than one of these areas, applicants will be asked to choose one area as a primary focus of their proposed project:
For details about each of the above focus areas, see https://www.workrisenetwork.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/workrise-2021-request-proposals.pdf#page=2.
WorkRise will award grants to projects deemed to have a high probability of producing rigorous evidence that informs key changemakers and helps shape policies, programs, or practices in their fields of inquiry. High-quality submissions will therefore include a strategy for communicating findings in actionable terms to clearly defined stakeholders and explain how innovative ideas and solutions will advance in ways that would not be possible without investment from WorkRise.
Projects that explicitly consider racial and ethnic inequities, gender disparities, geographic inequalities, and the role of systems or policies in perpetuating such inequities will receive particular interest. Projects that would create new, longitudinal, open-source datasets with the ability to disaggregate by key demographics (such as race, earnings, local labor market geography, industry or occupation, skills, education, gender, and family structure), and projects that consider the particular challenges faced by new labor-market entrants, also are strongly encouraged to apply.
Finally, WorkRise will consider the diversity of project teams across several dimensions, including organizational type, project team composition, geography, and stakeholders who will apply or consume the research results. Applicants are encouraged to assemble teams and partnerships that reflect these priorities. Applications are encouraged from historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges and universities. Projects that cultivate a diverse pipeline of early-career scholars and practitioners are also encouraged.
GrantWatch ID#: 190636
Awards amounts are likely to range between $25,000 and $500,000.
Awards will be for a 12- to 18-month grant period. WorkRise's aim is for projects to start as quickly as possible, launching in late fall 2021. But projects with start dates as late as the first quarter of 2022 will be considered.
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