The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity invites proposals for projects related to the advancement of the CRE2 research mission and the 2020-2023 CRE2 Programmatic Themes. CRE2 will award Seed Grants of up to $15,000 per grant project. The principal aim of this program is to assist in the development of research ideas (e.g. preliminary analyses, pilot studies, conceptual schemas, archival work, etc.) that have the potential to significantly enhance scientific and cultural methodologies and to garner external research support. Priority will be given to research projects that:

  • Facilitate multidisciplinary research linkages and establish collaborative research partnerships across campuses and academic/research units, or with local, national and international organizations and agencies;
  • Include early career faculty or “new” investigators (those who have not previously obtained external funding) as principal or co-principal investigators;
  • Support undergraduate or graduate assistance in the completion of research activities;
  • Focus on areas of critical interest to CRE2, the campus, and St. Louis community; and
  • Have not previously received CRE2 grant support, with the exception of Small Grants.

In 2021, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity partnered with the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy and the Institute for Public Health to expand the impact of research seed grants through multipliers.

The next competition will open in Spring 2022.

Please see the recipients below.

Current Seed Grant Awardees:

African Centered Cultural Socialization Scale for Black Youth: A Preliminary Investigation of Reliability and Criterion Validity

Multiplier: Institute for Public Health

Sean Joe

Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development

Husain Lateef

Assistant Professor, Brown School


Is Americas democracy at Risk? Inter-Racial and Intra-Racial Differences in Support for Democratic Institutions and Processes

Multiplier: The Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy

James Gibson

Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government


Characterizing Contextual Change and Its Impact on Health Behaviors, Mental Health, and Quality of Life Among Latin American Immigrants in St. Louis

Multiplier: Institute for Public Health

Deborah Salvo Dominguez

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Leopoldo J Cabassa

Associate Professor of Social Work