EMPOWER

Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER)
Deadline: September 12

The Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER) supports IUPUI faculty who are historically underrepresented and/or excluded populations in their discipline or area of scholarship and historically denied admission to higher education or that discipline, 1) to become successful in sponsored research and scholarly activity, and 2) to achieve significant professional growth and advancement. The program sustains mentorship opportunities through the EMPOWER Grant Program, supporting achievement of excellence in research and scholarly activity, and optimal attainment of academic career goals and objectives.

This program is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Office for Women.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Category A: Full-time tenure-eligible assistant professors and untenured associate professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentees. All full-time tenured associate professors or professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentors.
  • Category B: Full-time tenured associate professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentees. All full-time tenured professors from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as mentors.

CATEGORIES

  • Category A: This category is intended for assistant professors and untenured associate professors in tenure-track faculty positions. The goal is to assist these faculty members in becoming productive researchers, and better positioned to successfully get through the tenure and promotion process. Specifically, the program consists of two cohorts per year, a group of mentors and a group of mentees. The mentees are assistant professors beginning a research agenda, and developing a plan for sustained external funding. The mentors are associate professors or professors with successful research programs, who are willing to sponsor and support mentees, and assist with developing their research agenda. Mentors and mentees can apply separately to the program and get matched by the review committee, or apply together and get evaluated by the review committee. There will be emphasis on matching mentors and mentees from the same school and discipline based on research methodology skills, appropriate topic expertise or other technical dimensions needed by the mentees.
  • Category B: This category is intended for associate professors in tenured faculty positions. The goal is to assist these faculty members in achieving a high level of excellence in sponsored research and scholarly activity, and better positioned to successfully get promoted to the rank of full professor. Specifically, the program consists of two cohorts per year, a group of mentors and a group of mentees. The mentees are associate professors with a research program, and developing a plan for growth in external funding. The mentors are professors with successful research programs, who are willing to sponsor and support mentees, and assist with developing their research agenda. Mentors and mentees can apply separately to the program and get matched by the review committee, or apply together and get evaluated by the review committee. There will be emphasis on matching mentors and mentees from the same school and discipline based on research methodology skills, appropriate topic expertise or other technical dimensions needed by the mentees.

FUNDING AND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • The mentoring program will be one calendar year in duration.
  • Mentees are required to attend an initial workshop/orientation on mentoring (expected in October), a mid-program meeting (expected in April), an end-of-program meeting (expected in September), and encouraged to attend campus professional development opportunities available on campus from Academic Affairs, the Office for Women (OFW) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR). Mentees may also consult with key OFW and OVCR staff on specific research and professional development topics and needs such as accessing proposal writing services, finding funding, finding potential collaborators, identifying and addressing biases in the academy, etc.
  • Mentees are required to submit a plan for their research goals and objectives. The mentee and the mentor agree on the goals to be realized during the period of the grant.
  • For both categories, a letter of support is required from the mentee’s department head or dean, 1) addressing the mentee’s eligibility for this mentoring program, and 2) indicating how this program is expected to benefit the mentee’s research and professional growth.
  • Up to $10,000 total in support of the mentee’s research and professional development is available and will be distributed as such: $5,000 for beginning the mentoring program, and $5,000 for successful progress in the program, to be distributed prior to the summer. This means concrete steps and plans are in place for a submission to external funding sources.
  • Mentees may use funds for one month summer salary (10 month appointees) or release time. Mentee is expected to be writing external proposals during this time if this option is taken.
  • Funds may be used for equipment, supplies, travel, research assistants, etc.
  • Submission of a proposal to an external funding source must occur no later than 12 months from the end of the award period. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the applicant becoming ineligible to receive support from OVCR in the future.
  • Mentees are required to submit a mid-year report and program end report.
  • Mentees cannot apply to any other OVCR internal grant program during the calendar year of EMPOWER.
  • A mentee can receive this award once.
  • Funding available to the mentor is $2,000.
  • During the calendar year of the program, the mentor is expected to spend at least 30 hours with the mentee.
  • Mentors are required to attend an initial workshop/orientation on mentoring (expected in October), a mid-program meeting (expected in April), an end-of-program meeting (expected in September), and meet on a regular basis with their mentees.
  • Priority will be given to mentees that have yet to submit an external proposal, or have yet to receive external funding.

Application sections include:

  • Cover page
  • Project plan not to exceed five pages
  • Budget
  • Biosketch or CV not to exceed five pages to include funding history
  • Letter of support from department chair or dean for mentees
  • IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC forms if applicable

Apply to this program through the InfoReady portal. Download the Guidelines and Application. Applications are to be submitted as one pdf file.