Call to Action Research Program 2024–25

Full-proposals may be submitted October 2, 2023 through November 4, 2023, 5:00 p.m. Central Time

In July 2020, Chancellor Jones announced a $2 million annual commitment by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to focus intellectual and scholarly talent of our university to examine two of the greatest challenges facing our society and seek new solutions. Recognizing the critical need for universities across our nation to prioritize research focused on injustices that exist not only in our communities but in higher education itself, the Call to Action Research Program provides support for academic research and the expansion of community-based knowledge that advances the understanding of systemic bias.

Research Focus Areas

For 2024, the research program will focus on areas that span domestic, international, and transnational spaces.

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Systemic interventions to improve educational outcomes and increase college readiness.
  • Research that tackles the complex drivers of health disparities.
  • The interrogation of systems of disparity, discrimination, and disenfranchisement.
  • Transnational justice (i.e., achieving justice in issues that bridge local, national, and global communities).
  • Systemic bias as it affects LGBTQIA+ people and communities.

How to Apply

Open to tenure-stream and specialized faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with appointments in any unit. Also open to University of Illinois staff and members of Champaign County community in collaboration with a tenure-stream and specialized faculty member who holds an appointment at the Urbana campus.

For the full Request for Proposals and how to apply, please visit


The Call to Action Research Program is administratively supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. For questions, please contact Amanda McGuire at or call 217-300-8989.