Collaborative Broadening Participation
Research Mini-Grants Program

The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Broadening Participation in STEM (LSMRCE) announces the launch of its LSMRCE Collaborative Broadening Participation Research Mini-Grants Program to support broadening participation research collaboration at LSMRCE-affiliated colleges and universities. The LSMRCE Collaborative BP Research Mini-Grants program was developed to support faculty at LSMRCE-affiliated colleges and universities partner with BP researchers to conduct timely, relevant broadening participation research that may add to the broader BP literature, improve experiences for historically underrepresented populations in STEM locally, or allow for the testing of BP interventions across multiple institutions, to name a few.


LSMRCE Broadening Participation Research Mini-Grants Program seeks to support STEM faculty at non-LSAMP campuses engage in social science research that investigates locally important broadening participation issues.

Qualifications of Applicant

The primary applicant must be:
  • A PI-eligible faculty or staff member at an LSMRCE-affiliated college or university
  • Planning to conduct collaborative broadening participation research

Collaborating co-principal investigator should be identified in the application. Priority will be given to collaborative partnerships that demonstrate the inclusion of a social science researcher.

Qualification of Research

The proposed research study must be:
  • Be conducted over the 18-month award duration
  • Focus on relevant broadening participation in STEM concern
  • Include social science research methods/methodology

Award Amounts and Duration

All LSMRCE Broadening Participation Research Mini-Grants are for $5,000, with $2,500 available each academic year of the award. Access to the second $2,500 amount is contingent upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. Awards will be for two sequential academic years (i.e., 2020-2021 and 2021-2022).

Number of Awards

LSMRCE anticipates making four (4) $5,000 awards during the 2019-2020 academic year and four (4) $5,000 awards during 2020-2021 academic year.

Grant Requirements

  • Please refer to for all the application requirements.
  • Funding will only be released to your institution after a receipt of a completed payment agreement with Chicago State University.
  • All grantees are required to submit an interim project report demonstrating satisfactory progress near the conclusion of year one of funding to initiate the release of year two funds.
  • All grantees must submit a copy of institution-approved IRB application by the time the interim project report is submitted.

Application Timeline for Second Cohort

  • August 27, 2020 Application Window Opens
  • October 31, 2020 Applications Due
  • November 16, 2020 LSMRCE notifies mini-grant awardees
  • May 31, 2021 Interim Report Due
  • May 31, 2022 Final Report Due
Recorded information webinar presented by Dr. Derrick Tillman-Kelly on August 23, 2019.

Remaining Deadlines for First Cohort

  • May 28, 2021   Final Report Due

Submission Guidelines
Proposals will be submitted via Qualtrics portal.
Once the application is live, you can submit by visiting
Applications must be received by October 31, 2020.

For more information regarding the LSMRCE mini-grants program, contact:

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator and Research Lead

Tiffany L. Steele, MEd
Graduate Research Associate