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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development in partnership with College and Department  leadership at the University of Iowa  have created a faculty development mini grant pilot program aimed at enhancing the professional development of  mid-career women faculty in STEM disciplines and Social & Behavioral Sciences within six years after tenure. 

STEM Support Grants are designed to stimulate new areas of interdisciplinary research, training, leadership, and research as well as to increase retention through strengthened networks and informal mentorship, thus furthering the professional advancement and collaboration potential of women faculty in STEM.

 This program will be piloted for an initial period of three years.  At the end of 2017, the OVPR & ED in consultation with the Associate Deans for Research will make a determine of the programs impact .



Policy & Application


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College of Liberal Arts
& Sciences

Send Applications to:
Joe Kearney
Associate Dean for Research

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Geographical & Sustainability Sciences
  • Health & Human Physiology 
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics & Actuarial Sciences 

Up to 6 mini grants per year


Funding will be 50% from  OVPR 
+ 50% college/department for a  total of up to $3,000

College of Engineering

Send Applications to:
Milan Sonka
Associate Dean for Research

  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Up to 4 mini grants


Funding will be 50% from  OVPR 
+ 50% college/department for a  total of up to $3,000

College of Medicine

Policy (LINK)


Send Applications to:
Pat Winokur
Associate Dean for Research

  • Biochemistry 
  • Microbiology

Up to 10 mini grants


Funding will be 50% from  OVPR 
+ 50% college/department for a  total of up to $3,000


Examples of activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop or sponsor events (workshop, retreat, seminar, colloquium, lecture, or other programming) related to women faculty professional development or research that address diversity in STEM fields. 
  • Conduct informal departmental research seminars to promote collaborations and intra- and inter-departmental networking. 
  • Invite speakers to enhance the visibility of women in STEM fields, encourage networking, and facilitate recruitment. 
  • Encourage faculty-to-faculty mentoring relationships. 
  • Examine research on different career paths of women faculty in STEM. 
  • Coordinate electronic communications and program development for improved dissemination of information. 
  • Create partnerships between social and natural scientists that focus on gender equity. 
  • Sponsor a colloquium to explore the interface between women’s studies and scientific discourse. 
  • Support networking opportunities for faculty with senior faculty at other institutions.
  • Travel to conferences, for professional networking, to prepare a collaboration, etc.
  • Short-term visits to other laboratories or institutions for the purposes of acquiring new expertise or critical background knowledge. 
  • Other specific activities to be approved by the Associate Dean of Research. 


The Application Process

Short project description up to 2 pages in length, (inclusive of any references etc.) i.e. single sheet, two sided!

  • A narrative outlining the proposed activity or program.
  • A brief description of how the proposed plan will help meet UI objectives related to the retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM fields, or a description of how it will foster interdisciplinary activities and collaborations conducive to improving chances for extramural funding.
  • A proposed budget and a budget justification. 
  • Obtain DEO signature


Proposal Submission & Review Process

Proposals should be submitted in pdf or doc format online to Associate Dean for Research of your College.  Once approved (and match provided), the Associate Dean’s will forward for final approval to Cheryl Reardon in the Office of the VP for Research.  The Associate Dean’s approval will be endorsed by the OVPR& ED and a confirmation letter will be sent.  Expect a response to be expected within two weeks of request.