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Up to $220K Available for Research Strategies to Prevent and Alleviate Poverty

Poverty Solutions is pleased to announce its second round of grant funding to support action-based research focused on preventing and alleviating poverty. Up to $220,000 is available through two funding mechanisms: community-academic partnership and faculty project development (see detailed description and links to the requests for proposals below).

Successful action-based research projects will cut across disciplines, have the potential for innovative approaches in the field, and hold promise for advancing solutions to poverty challenges in Michigan.

While a faculty member from the U-M, Ann Arbor Campus must serve as a Principal Investigator, partnerships with faculty across U-M’s three campuses are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to apply to both RFPs is November 13th.

Community-Academic Partnership RFP

The “Research Strategies to Prevent and Alleviate Poverty” grant, offered to teams of community-academic partners as part of a joint funding program between U-M Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Urban Research Center, will support research focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs and policies in the State of Michigan that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty.

  • $120,000 is available (up to four awards of up to $30,000 each).
  • Projects are to be completed within one year (January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018)
  • Must equitably involve community and academic partners in all aspects of the research process.

Funded projects could include activities, such as:

  • Evaluation of an existing intervention, program or policy designed to prevent or alleviate poverty;
  • Analysis of new or existing data to better understand the effectiveness of poverty prevention and alleviation strategies (e.g., interventions, programs and policies);
  • Development, implementation and preliminary evaluation of a new pilot program aimed at preventing and alleviating poverty; and
  • Assessment of community needs and strengths/resources that lead to the identification of new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

Poverty Solutions and the Detroit URC are co-administering all aspects of this funding opportunity.

Go to RFP
Learn more about the Detroit Urban Research Center

Faculty Project Development RFP

Poverty Solutions invites faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Campus, to pursue research projects focused on informing strategies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty.

  • Up to 5 awards of up to $20,000 each will be given for self-contained research projects or as seed funding that may be leveraged to pursue larger external awards.
  • Projects are to be completed within one year (January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018)

This request for proposals seeks to support faculty research that can inform existing policies, practices, or interventions meant to reduce poverty, or research that lays out proposals for future policy directions. Junior faculty encouraged to apply. Projects using either qualitative or quantitative data sources are eligible for funding. Examples of possible projects for funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Secondary quantitative data analysis that informs or examines poverty policy
  • Simulations of the effects of proposed policy alternatives
  • A small-scale evaluation of a pilot or existing intervention that seeks to prevent or alleviate poverty
  • A project that explores how recipients experience anti-poverty programs at the local, state or federal level
  • Projects that examine how contextual factors can shape the utilization of existing or proposed interventions, programs, or policies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty.

Go to RFP 

View first year grant awards.