Community Impact Award (Call for Proposals)

Community Impact Award Submission Deadline:


The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) within the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environments and Societies at the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce its Fall 2022 Community Impact call for proposals. IRes is seeking to support the resilience of Indigenous communities through its Community Impact Award, and is issuing a call for proposals that will strengthen the  IRes Mission: “Through Indigenized research frameworks/methodologies and a commitment to sustained community engagement, the Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) honors Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination and, with Indigenous guidance, weaves Indigenous ways of knowing into co-designed environmental and social resilience solutions and trains the next generation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental leaders.”


  • Four $25,000 Faculty IRes Community Impact Projects
  • Six $5,000 Graduate Student IRes Community Impact Projects

IRes will award grants for projects in early Fall 2022 in the following priority areas:

  • Partnership Building: Projects focused on partnership building with tribes to collaboratively identify community-driven resilience goals and priorities (focusing on capacity to implement strategies and actions that support the environmental resilience of Indigenous communities in a respectful and culturally sensitive way while addressing underlying social, economic stresses and environmental risks).
  • Research: Projects that focus transdisciplinary research on supporting the resilience of Indigenous communities using community-based approaches and Indigenous research ethics. Examples include sustainable solutions, renewable technologies, solar energy, water treatment, traditional agriculture, controlled environment agriculture, horticulture and small-scale farming, food sovereignty, regenerative agriculture, drought resilience, Native plant restoration, and ecological restoration among others.
  • Teaching: Projects that teach and promote STEM or STEAM curricula that are specifically tailored towards Indigenous resilience, Indigenous knowledges, community-driven tribal research, tribal consultation, research ethics, natural resources management, traditional agriculture, Indigenous data sovereignty, tribal environmental health, or STEM or STEAM education among others.


In addition, successful awards will also align with one of the following priorities identified in the University of Arizona Provost’s Investment Fund and address pillars in the UArizona Strategic Plan:


  • Increasing students’ success, graduation, and retention, especially for groups underrepresented within the relevant disciplines.
  • Promoting growth and opportunities to generate new revenue for the institution.
  • Expanding student experiential learning.
  • Enhancing research capacity.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusivity.


These one-time Indigenous Resilience Community Impact Awards will be evaluated after the submission deadline (September 21, 2022) and reviewed by IRes Faculty and Administrative Team.  Award announcements will start on October 1, 2022. Funds will be available after award notification and must be spent prior May 31, 2023. Funds may be spent on: 1) supplemental salary; 2) graduate student stipends; 3) travel costs and convenings with project participants, including stipends for tribal members who engage in the project; 4) on-the-ground implementation of resilience projects; and 5) subcontracts with tribal partners.

Awardees agree to present at the IRes Tribal Summit 2023 or IRes campus seminar series in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. Awardees will also participate in 2 group meetings per semester with other awardees to be supported in working with Indigenous Communities from IRes Faculty.

  1. Completion of CITI Native American Research module (completed in UArizona Edge Learning) by the PIs prior to award.
  2. For graduate students, a letter of support from Faculty Advisor
  3. For faculty or post docs, a Letter of support from Department head, Dean, or relevant business office
  4. A Letter of Support or Research Approval from Tribal partner or Tribal Nation for projects and programs with direct tribal research
  5. Engagement/dissemination plan to tribal partners and/or campus (as appropriate for the proposed work if including an external partner.)

  • Complete Application 
  • Addresses the Priority Areas
  • Extent of alignment with IRes Mission 
  • Feasibility to complete by May 31, 2023 
  • Strength of engagement with tribal partner (for projects with direct work with tribes)
  • Strength of the dissemination plan 
  • Tribal approval and/or support letter(s) 
  • Budget is reasonable for the work being proposed 

Proposals leading to a successful award must comply with UArizona PIF award requirements, such as providing a final report and following all UArizona Policies. Awarding procedures, reporting criteria will be outlined in the award letter.

Funds will be available for immediate use and will be managed by the Indigenous Resilience Center and the RII Business office.

For reference, applicants are encouraged to review the Indigenous Resilience Center website to learn more about the Center’s work. Applicants are also invited to review the Lunch and Learn Report Out document for major collaborative recommendations from across the University of Arizona campus. Please contact Daniel Sestiaga Jr., Program Manager, IRes, regarding any questions.

Submit your proposal

Required documents:

  1. A two-page proposal 
  2. Letters of support/research approval
  3. Dissemination Plan 
  4. Budget (Please download and submit your completed budget using the budget template file)
  5. Applicant's CV 
  6. Copy of CITI Certificate of Completion 

*The 2-page proposal should outline:

  1. The aims and research strategy/work plan for completing the project by May 2023. This includes stating the role and responsibilities of the PI and team members (including any tribal partners if project proposes direct tribal activities or engagement), and describing how the proposal supports achieving Indigenous Resilience.
  2. Outcomes or deliverables that candidate intends to produce. For example, presentations, or publications, or on-the-ground projects as part of the research or work.
  3. Timeline.
  4. Metrics for reporting success of the project 

Page Updated: 10/19/22