The Collective funds and supports engaged, interdisciplinary, and actionable research related to homelessness and food insecurity in San Diego. Through analyzing the realities of these issues, we lay the foundation for systemic and sustainable change.

Urgent Challenges Collective: Research Grants

Applications for the 2019-2020 research grant program closed on September 27, 2019. If any extra funds remain after the disbursement of awards, they will be allocated at the discretion of our leadership team. Please email and for more information.

The Collective currently welcomes proposals for USD faculty-student research projects advancing understanding of homelessness and food insecurity in San Diego. The Collective’s Research Grant program awards up to $10,000 for the academic year to a limited number of faculty-student teams to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Research teams will present their findings on campus at the end of the academic year and will be expected to publish their results. Successful proposals will also include an actionable component, meaning that the research should not only be geared toward academic audiences but also aim to inform local discussions, policies, politics, social services, and/or more. The Collective’s leadership team encourages democratic and reciprocal collaboration with community partners to see this actionable component come to fruition.

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with members of the Collective leadership team while crafting their proposals. You may also find it helpful to attend one of our information sessions in mid-September (details available on the Collective’s calendar).

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