The 2014 deadline is May 19

Arsht Research on Ethics and Community Grants are awarded annually for research projects that address a contemporary moral issue, that has implications for public policy, professional practice, human rights, etc. 

Grant awardees, 2007-2015

Arsht Ethics Research Grants will be awarded to faculty-student teams. Any full-time UM faculty member or rising (i.e., prior to year of graduation) fulltime student (graduate or undergraduate) may apply for an Arsht Ethics Research Grant. A faculty applicant must identify at least one student collaborator; a student applicant must identify at least one faculty mentor. Strong preference will be given to inter- and multi-disciplinary projects. An impartial Ethics Advisory Board will review all proposals.

Successful proposals will:

  • Show promise that the projects are likely to result in a publication, presentation, curriculum, Web resource or other public deliverable.
  • Make clear a faculty commitment to mentor or supervise students
  • Bear on a contemporary moral issue or ethical issue of social significance.

Interim and final project reports are required of all successful applicants.
UM Ethics Programs plan to award three to five Arsht Ethics Research Grants a sum not greater than $25,000 each. Funds may be used for limited faculty release time, limited summer support or course buyouts, student compensation, equipment, software, books and other resources, limited travel and other appropriate project-related costs.

Proposals must have the following structure

  • Title of proposed project
  • Requested performance period of the proposed project (not to exceed 12 months).
  • Name, position/title and campus affiliation(s) of applicant and collaborator (faculty member(s) and student(s)).
  • Abstract
  • Description of previous applicable work, accomplishments
  • Project narrative (making plain (i) the ethical issue to be addressed and its significance, (ii) the methods to be used, (iii) inter- or multi-disciplinary aspects and (iv) other salient details)
  • Bibliography
  • Budget
  • Letter of endorsement from the appropriate dean or department head if grant funds are intended to be used to reduce a faculty member’s teaching load
  • Current funding, if applicable
  • CV or resume of all participants

Proposals must be prepared using 11 point or larger font on 8.5” by 11” pages with margins of no less than .5”. Proposals may not exceed 4 single-spaced pages, excluding bibliography, budget, letter of endorsement and CVs or resumes.
Other Important Considerations

  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously received an Arsht award. Those who have received more than one award should contact the program office before applying.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of prior awards (link above) and to query program directors with any questions (see below).
  • Note that these grants are for projects in applied research ethics and not for community service or other good deeds.
  • Applications must be explicit in identifying the ethical issues to be addressed. Merely using the word “ethics” is inadequate.
  • Applicants should make these ethical issues explicit in the abstract.


The overarching goal of the Arsht Research on Ethics and Community grants is to foster applied ethics research at the University of Miami. We have limited resources and want to share them with as many colleagues as possible. Unspent grant funds must be returned to the Arsht account to support additional projects. Moreover,

  • Do not include requests for ordinary office supplies unless absolutely necessary. We presume that departments and programs can contribute to the success of the ethics grant program by providing ordinary office supplies.
  • We expect that faculty and students already have computers. Please do not include budget requests for computers.
  • Justify all expenses. Vague labels and round numbers should be avoided.
  • The award cap should not be a target or goal. Given that the award cap is $25,000, a budget of $24,995, for instance, must be carefully justified.
  • Travel expenses must be carefully justified, with the travel itself being necessary for the success of the project. Travel to meetings can be approved contingent on grant-related work being presented and acknowledged at the meeting. Unexpended travel funds must be returned to the Ethics Programs at the end of the grant period.

Generally and as a point of honor, please help us stretch the funds as much as possible.

Proposal Submission and Deadline

Proposal components must be emailed as an attachment to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Proposals will be reviewed by members of a UM ethics advisory board.

Deadline for receipt of 2014 proposals is May 19. Applicants will be informed of reviewers’ decisions in June.


Prospective applicants are strongly urged to contact UM Ethics Programs directors, Profs. Anita Cava (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 284-5084) or Ken Goodman (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 243-5723) to discuss ideas, ask questions, etc.