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Funders and Sponsors

DRPP researchers and affiliates acknowledge the support of the various funding agencies, UM units, community organizations and other stakeholders who have supported our current and past projects. Thank you for contributing to DRPP’s mission and goals.

National Center for Institutional Diversity 

To create a more equitable and inclusive society, the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) produces, catalyzes, and elevates diversity research and scholarship. In this pursuit, NCID also builds intergenerational communities of scholars and leaders to integrate these evidence-based approaches in addressing contemporary issues in a diverse society.  Since its founding, research and scholarship has been at the core of NCID’s strategy for social change. NCID’s understanding of social transformation leads us to adopt a multi-dimensional framework to research and scholarship agenda — a framework that draws from a wide variety of disciplines, topics, populations, and methodologies. NCID’s agenda includes  the production, support, and dissemination of diversity research and scholarship. 


National Institutes of Health

A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.  NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The agency:  fosters fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis for ultimately protecting and improving health; develops, maintains, and renews scientific human and physical resources that will ensure the Nation’s capability to prevent disease; expands the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences; he public investment in research; and exemplifies and promotes the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.


National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF is vital because it supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. This type of support is a primary driver of the U.S. economy, enhances the nation’s security and advances knowledge to sustain global leadership.  

NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports “high risk, high pay off” ideas, novel collaborations, and in ensures that research is fully integrated with education. Unlike many other federal agencies, NSF does not hire researchers or directly operate its own laboratories or similar facilities. Instead, NSF supports scientists, engineers and educators directly through their own home institutions. 


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.  The inspired vision of RWJF’s founder, General Robert Wood Johnson II, was to improve health and health care in America, especially for those most in need. Currently, the foundation is working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health, helping to raise the health of everyone in the United States to the level that a great nation deserves, by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life. To achieve this goal, RWJF is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

SPSSI members share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues. In various ways, SPSSI seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems. SPSSI affords social and behavioral scientists opportunities to apply their knowledge and insights to the critical problems of today’s world.  SPSSI fosters and funds research on social issues; influences public policy through its publications and the advocacy efforts; and encourages public education and social activism on social issues. An independent society, SPSSI is also Division 9 of the American Psychological Association (APA).