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Faculty and staff who make up the Spartan ADVANCE team meet.
Faculty and staff who make up the Spartan ADVANCE team meet.
UNC Greensboro’s Spartans ADVANCE team

The Spartans ADVANCE Project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) addresses gender and racial inequity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Research demonstrates that women and faculty from underrepresented groups who take a leave of absence through FMLA are disproportionately impacted in their research productivity. A major goal of the Spartans ADVANCE Project is to develop mechanisms to restore equity to these groups.

The ADVANCE Project team is pleased to announce academic year research support funding for the 2022-23 academic year, for research support personnel or graduate research assistantship to aid in continuing research productivity for women and/or underrepresented minorities who will be on FMLA any time during the 2022-23 academic year.

The award cannot be used for PI salary, equipment, supplies, or travel. Importantly, this funding may not be used to lapse support for graduate student assistants or research personnel paid from active, externally sponsored research awards.

PIs are responsible for identifying the support personnel (technician, or graduate research assistant [GRA] or advanced undergraduate research assistant [UGRA]). Applicants should consider identifying support personnel, GRA or UGRA who are current employees. Funding levels will be awarded at the typical GA rate of the home department with a maximum of $12,500 plus fringe for the Spring semester.

Technical support can start as soon as January 1, 2023. End date is May 30, 2023. Investigators interested in applying for this award are required to submit their request through the UNCG InfoReady Review portal.

Deadline is November 4 at 5:00 pm.


These awards will go to full-time tenured or tenure-track female and underrepresented minority faculty (NSF Definition: Women, Black, Latinx, Native American and FMLA Leave of Absence currently or for the Spring semester).

The following STEM departments, as defined by NSF ADVANCE and the Spartans ADVANCE Project are eligible:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (Nanoscience)
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Proposal Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by expressed need including likelihood of benefiting research productivity, proposed outcomes of support on research productivity, and impact of support on increased research productivity relative to productivity without support during and following FMLA leave event.

Proposals will be reviewed starting November 4, 2022.

Poster about Spartan ADVANCE guidelines.
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