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    RBHS-IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Innovation Grants

    RBHS-IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Innovation Grants

    RBHS-IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Innovation Grants


    The mission of the RBHS-IDEA innovation grants is to support action-oriented projects that promote an inclusive, diverse, and cohesive culture at RBHS and that show meaningful and measurable results. As we invest in broader institutional efforts to advance an inclusive culture, the RBHS-IDEA grants offer a way for innovative grassroots efforts to join in our larger strategy. We invite projects that encourage conversations and connections across our differences to create opportunities for belonging and to strengthen a sense of community.

    The goals of the RBHS-IDEA innovation grant program are:

    1. To fund research and scholarly activities that seek innovative approaches to diversity, equity, advocacy, and inclusion.
    2. To promote the development of initiatives and programs that foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for the success of the larger RBHS community.

    Grant submissions should align with the RBHS diversity, equity, and inclusion statement and build upon the strategic priorities of RBHS with an impact on the communities we serve.

    Project topics on diversity and inclusion may include:

    • Climate, Culture, and Community building
    • Access, advocacy, and equity
    • Training, learning, and development
    • Systems, policies, and processes

    Highest consideration will be given to projects that:

    • Involve collaboration (across units, communities, and/or by faculty/staff/learner/unit makeup)
    • Promote cross-campus, intergroup, and partnership approaches to support community-building.
    • Have the potential for a significant impact (e.g., sustainable, replicable, and/or far-reaching)
    • Include outcomes that are impactful, meaningful, clearly outlined, and measurable.

    Eligibility and Timeline

    Faculty, students, trainees, and staff across RBHS are eligible to apply.  RBHS student organizations, departments, and staff units are also encouraged to apply. Grants will range from $1000 to $10,000.  We expect to make up to 5-7 grants within the $1000-2500 range, 2-3 grants in the 2500-5000 range and 2 grants in the 5,000 to $10,000 range. Funds are considered one-time funds and must be used by the end of the fiscal year in which they are disbursed. Awardees may reapply for subsequent funding cycles if they can demonstrate how it will significantly evolve and further the project.

    • Proposal Announcement Feb 2020
    • Proposal submission deadline: April 30, 2020
    • Notification of Awardees: June 2020
    • Distribution of Funds: July 1, 2020
    • Final Report Due: June 1, 2021

    Grant awardee requirements:

    Applications must be completed online to be considered. Letters of support are not required but may be included if they significantly enhance the application. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.

    As a condition of receiving the grant funds, awardees are required to assist in sharing their experience with the RBHS community, for example, through RBHS newsletters, publications, and/or websites. Awardees are also expected to attend the RBHS diversity research symposium to present their findings and complete a standardized final report submitted by the deadline to the Office of Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion – Limit to 1000 words and include:

    1. Program goals and objectives: What was the need? How was the identified need addressed and how effective was the project?
    2. Project evaluation, outcomes, and impact: Describe how the project effectiveness and its success was determined and evaluated.
    3. Sustainability: How will the program continue? Describe future plans to continue, extend, or modify this program.
    4. Appendices:
      1. List any publications about the project through presentations, articles, press releases or other products created, such as websites, course materials or modules etc.
      2. Final budget: Financial record to include all direct expenditures and receipts.

    Grants should not be used to fund:

    • Activities that take place entirely off campus and have no obvious benefit to the RBHS community.
    • Previous expenditures, personnel expenses such as salaries, personal expenses


    To apply, please read through all of the information presented here and then complete the online application here.

    RBHS-IDEA Innovation Grant Awardees

    2020 RBHS-IDEA Innovation Grant Awardees

    Principal Investigator


    Project Title

    Vivek Gurumoorthy, StudentErnest Mario School of PharmacyMaking Masks for Moms and Kids in the Newark, New Jersey Community
    Herminio Perez, Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Diversity and InclusionSchool of Dental MedicineBuilding Bridges for Impact and Growth: The BBIG IDEA
    Jonathan Kuriakose, StudentRobert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolExpanding the Impact of the BLAST Anatomy Program at RWJMS to Underrepresented Communities
    Anastasia Kunac, Associate ProfessorNew Jersey Medical SchoolImplementation of a Trauma-Informed Care Curriculum for Surgery Residents Caring for Trauma Patients in Newark, NJ
    Manasa Ayyala, Assistant ProfessorNew Jersey Medical SchoolINTERRUPTing Microaggressions: Using Standardized Role Play to Become an “Upstander”
    Richard Marlink, ProfessorGlobal Health InstituteStudent IDEA Case Competition: COVID-19 Inequities in NJ
    Skye Kelty, Post Doctoral FellowEnvironmental, Occupational, and Health Sciences InstituteTools for intentional inclusivity, diversity, and equity in community research
    Jeremy Sinkin, Assistant ProfessorRobert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolTransforming health professional education and service delivery for a diverse, gender-nonconforming community.
    Les Barta, Director, Simulation Technology ProgramErnest Mario School of PharmacyRutgers IDEA Sensitive Simulations (RISS)
    Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, Associate ProfessorSchool of Health ProfessionsBuilding Equity Oriented Health Care Capacity: An assessment of health care provider clinical care, educational, and research protocol trauma-informed knowledge and practices at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science (RBHS) schools
    Felicia LeSure, Executive AssistantRutgers Biomedical Health SciencesStaff Leadership Series for Women of Color; Staff Mentoring Program
    Ann Bagchi, Assistant ProfessorSchool of NursingAn Academic-Community Research Partnership to Enhance Structural Competency for Health Equity
    Amanda Stylianou, Director, Quality ImprovementUniversity Behavioral Health CareRU Undoing Racism