Dear colleagues,

UCI Education Research Initiative (ERI) is excited to release its 2019-20 call for mini-grant proposals to build UCI’s education research community. Recipients can receive up to $30,000 in funds along with assistance from ERI postdoctoral scholars to conduct an education research project or create programming that implements education research into practice.

Proposals will fall into one of two types:

  • Research proposal (up to $30k): This type of proposed work will examine a research question related to higher education or activities happening on the UCI campus. It is expected that proposals will have a scholarly background/theoretical framework to describe the compelling nature of the topic being studied, how it will be studied, and what the expected implications and findings will be.
  • Implementation proposal (up to $15k): This type of proposed work will focus on implementing an activity or program related to higher education or UCI. Intervention proposals are expected to be developed using best practices and include desired program outcomes. Although research will not be the primary focus of these proposals, it is expected that the interventions are based in the literature to give an indication of why it will be successful.

A brief letter of intent is due on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, December 2. ERI will provide feedback on the LOI to guide the creation of a full proposal due February 3, 2020. Submission of a full proposal requires the submission of a letter of intent. More information including formatting of the letter of intent and the full proposal can be found on our website.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Brian Sato (ERI Director – Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)

Natascha Buswell (ERI Co-Director – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Di Xu (ERI Co-Director – Education)

Adrienne Williams (ERI Associate Director – Developmental & Cell Biology)

Laura Tucker (ERI Associate Director – Physics)

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