Cockrell School DEI Seed Grants 2022-23

We are pleased to announce a new program, the Cockrell School DEI Seed Grants program. This program, which is an initiative under a new NSF-funded Center for Equity in Engineering, will support seed grants ($3,000-$5,000) for undergraduate and graduate student and/or staff-led projects that aim to promote DEI within the Cockrell School of Engineering. In this first cohort of the program, applications will be accepted during Fall 2022, awards will be made at the beginning of the calendar year 2023, and there will be a project showcase in August 2023.

Who may participate: This program is open to all students, postdocs, staff and faculty. Faculty may participate in projects in supporting roles, but students, postdocs and/or staff must be the project leads.

Key information

  • Projects may include piloting new ideas, testing new initiatives, data collection on issues of interest, etc.
  • Areas of interest can include, but are not limited to, improved support of graduate or undergraduate education, departmental climate, understanding of unique needs of different populations within our campus, mentoring practices, and student recruitment practices.
  • Priority will be given to topics about improving the experiences and increasing enrollment of Hispanic/Latino/a/x and Black/African American undergraduate and graduate students.

How to apply

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Email your two-page proposal and budget to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the provided template, which has guidance about what to include in each section
  • The proposal should include:
    • Brief Description and Implementation Plan
    • Project Rationale
    • Project Audience: Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Community Partners
    • Project Category
    • Metrics For Evaluation
    • Project Outcomes and Impact
    • Project Budget


  • Applications open: November 28, 2022
  • Information session: December 5, 2022, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in EER 3.640/3.642 or on Zoom
  • Office hours:
    • December 7, 2022, from 3:30 - 5 PM in EER 5.702
    • December 15, 2022, from 3:30 - 5 PM in EER 5.702
    • December 19, 2022, from 2 - 3 PM on Zoom
  • Early application deadline: December 20, 2022 
  • Final application deadline: January 18, 2023
  • Award announcement: January 31, 2023
  • Report on project progress: May 15, 2023
  • Final report deadline and project showcase: August 30, 2023


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