Equal Opportunity Planning Committee
This website provides instructions for submitting funding proposals to the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC) for diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives at Penn State. Only Penn State faculty and staff may submit proposals.
Although this website attempts to provide clear and explicit instructions for writing proposals, the process involves some complex and detailed procedures. Most proposal writers need some assistance in understanding the process, and EOPC strongly recommends that they attend EOPC proposal writing training, which is held each fall, to optimize their chances of writing high-quality proposals. See below for more information about this training, which is recorded and can be viewed at any time on your computer. Also, the proposal process builds in contact with Mike Blanco (email@example.com; 814-863-7890), staff support for EOPC, but consultation with him is recommended as early as possible, even as you are conceptualizing your program.
This year, the process for submitting proposals has been completely redesigned. To begin the process, please go to the "Overview" link on the navigation bar to the left, and after you have read that, proceed to the "Proposal Materials" link. You are also strongly encouraged to read through the "Tips" link to optimize your chances for a successful proposal. Also, please carefully read through the dates on the Deadlines page (which is also one of the links to the left) because proposals are now submitted in two phases, and each phase has its own deadline. Phase One submissions are now about a month earlier than they used to be for each proposal cycle, with the Phase Two submissions now at the time when the original submissions were at.
Note: For the upcoming 2017-18 funding cycle, please do not access any links on the navigation bar below the "Contact Us" link because they pertain to the old proposal process, which will be discontinued after the evaluation cycle in fall 20116,
2016-17 EOPC Proposal Writing Training
EOPC conducted and recorded proposal writing training in fall 2016 for the upcoming proposal cycle. You can review the recording of this training at this link.
Lists of Programs Funded by EOPC in Previous Years
Below are lists of EOPC programs funded in previous years. These lists might be useful in helping to understand the kind of programs EOPC has funded in the past and/or provide some helpful ideas for current projects.
EOPC has developed a listserve for those individuals who are interested in receiving updates on EOPC activities (e.g., proposal deadlines, updates on funded programs, training schedules, etc.). If you are interested in being on this listserve, please contact Mike Blanco.