Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty Grants

Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity

Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018

Applicants must be full-time, regular (non-visiting) faculty at The Ohio State University. Only those who have not received a grant from the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Fund during the last five years are eligible for this competition.
Through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Critical Difference for Women Program at The Ohio State University will award 4 to 5 faculty research grants this year. The grants competition is administered by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants Committee, made up of 9 faculty members from at least 5 Colleges. The number of grants depends on availability of funds and grants may not exceed $4,000 for a 12-month period. Requests for smaller amounts will be highly competitive; in some cases, partial funding for a proposal may be possible.
These grants are designed to support research by OSU faculty that explores women's lives, gender equity, or gender broadly conceptualized. We are particularly interested in proposals that will contribute to:
  • knowledge about women or gender in a broad range of disciplines;
  • policies and practical applications that support improved quality of life for women;
  • theoretical innovations; or
  • performance and artistic productions about women or gender.
Proposals are encouraged from all departments, colleges, and professional schools. We are especially interested in research and projects that include a focus on diversity or on issues and groups that remain understudied.

Utilization of Grant Funds

Grants may be used for research-related travel and receipted expenses, research or administrative assistance, reproduction and data processing costs, research services, payment to human subjects, and to purchase relevant materials, software, or small equipment. Grants may not be used for release time, office computers, travel to professional meetings, or to support a student’s dissertation research. The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies cannot be held responsible for payment of fees or benefits if grants funds are used as partial support for a GRA.
The grant period will begin July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Funds will be disbursed to your departmental fiscal officer for management. Only expenses incurred within the grant period of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 are eligible. All unused funds will revert back to the program at that time. Acceptance of the grant represents a commitment to abide by its rules and to prepare a brief final report evaluating the impact of the grant on the recipient’s project and career.
If you receive other funding to cover the same expenses for which you requested funding from this grant competition, you will need to notify us and amend your budget accordingly. 

Evaluation Criteria

  • Significance of the research, for instance, its likely contribution to theory or knowledge [on issues related to women, gender equity, or gender and to the applicant’s discipline], to representation of women’s experiences or concerns, or to improved quality of life for women;
  • Reasonableness of the proposed activities to the overall project; and
  • Feasibility of the proposed activities (including qualifications of applicant, time line and budget). Proposals that focus on understudied issues or groups will be highly competitive as will proposals for amounts less than $4,000.

Application Requirements

All online proposals should include:

  1. Abstract of 50-100 words that can be used for a press release is needed. Please include the title and your name above the abstract.
  2. Project Proposal plus one page bibliography: The proposal should not exceed 1,500 words and should include: (a) the nature of the project and theoretical framework; (b) the methodology used and why appropriate; (c) progress to date and, if relevant, relation to past or ongoing research/projects; (d) how the project will make a contribution to scholarship or knowledge, to gender analysis, to representation of women’s experiences and concerns, or to improving women’s rights or lives; (d) if the proposed activity is part of a larger project, the proposal should include a   very brief overview of the project as a whole and explain how much progress has been made. Explain how the Coca-Cola CDW grant would be used to advance the overall project. Do not exceed the word limits.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of no more than 4 pages
  4. If human subjects are involved, you'll need IRB Human Subjects Approval or Waiver (you do not need this at the time of application but will for disbursement of funds)
  5. Budget
Deadline: All materials must be received no later than February 16, 2018. Final decisions will be announced April 2018. 

Continued Commitment 

At the end of the grant period, a brief, 1-2 page written report must be submitted to the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies ( This report should indicate what was achieved as a result of receiving the grant, including any publications, products, or presentations, other grants obtained, etc. Reports are used by the Department to account for fund use during audits and to support requests for continued funding of the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Research Grants.
All publications and performances, dissertations or theses supported by a grant should acknowledge the support of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Coca-Cola-Critical Difference for Women Grants for Research on Women, Gender and Gender Equity.
Important: Recipients are responsible for living up to the terms of the grant. Failure to make adequate progress in the timeframe allotted or misuse of funds will result in the suspension of the grant.