This second call is focused on researchers and partners outside of the University of California system.
Awards ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, with March 7, 2023 deadline

Key Dates:

Release Date: February 15, 2023

Webinar Date: February 22, 2023, at noon PT (Zoom registration via https://aapidata.com/rfp-webinar)

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 6 pm PT

Notification Date: March 17, 2023

Anticipated Start Date: April 3, 2023

Preliminary Policy Report: May 3, 2023

Anticipated Final Deliverables Deadline: November 30, 2023

Typical Funding Amount: $50,000 to $200,000

 

Two Ways to apply:

For Applications $99,000 or less: Submit proposals to AAPIdata@ucr.edu

For Applications $100,000 to $200,000: Submit proposals through https://calusource.net/for-suppliers/ . Register as a Supplier in CalUsource and search for the RFP entitled “UCR-RFP-FY2023-2998-GP410-DQ AA and NHPI Research Services” on the Public Bid Site.

 

Background

As part of the investment by the California State Legislature into improving the data available on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities of California, the AAPI Data project at the University of California, Riverside received an allocation to support social science data and research on the needs of AA and NHPI communities in California. Drawing on this allocation, AAPI Data seeks proposals from academic and community-based researchers across California to expand the public policy research knowledge base for these communities. The first request for proposals was issued in October 25, 2022, for entities and personnel affiliated with the University of California system. The first RFP process is now closed (for information purposes, see http://aapidata.com/blog/uc-rfp/).

This second RFP is open to any other entity outside of the University of California system, conducting research in the state of California, including other colleges and universities, research centers, and community-based organizations. This RFP is open to researchers interested or connected to social, economic, and health outcomes as they pertain to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders. It is also open to partnerships between researchers and community-based organizations that collaborate on a research project.

Research approaches can include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Research questions must be formulated in a manner that is amenable to policy solutions or recommendations. The following topic areas have been identified as potential priority areas by AA and NHPI advocates across the state, but proposals covering topic areas not included below will also be evaluated:

  • Anti-Asian and Anti-NHPI Hate and Racism
  • Civic Engagement
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Education
  • Gender-based violence
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Language Access
  • LGBTQ+ communities
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty
  • Social service utilization
  • Undocumented Immigrants

Each awardee will be responsible for delivering three products:

  1. Preliminary policy brief due May 3, 2023 (approximately 8 pages)
    • The policy brief should cover Important policy questions being addressed, gaps in knowledge, how will the research fill those gaps, any early evidence from research, and why the research is important for the community
    • The goal is to provide AANHPI advocacy groups important guidance and evidence for advocacy positions
  2. Final policy memo due by November 30, 2023  (approximately 8 pages)
    • Above with findings and recommendations for policy (recommendations should be more substantial than call for additional data) even if suggestive.
  3. Working paper due by November 30, 2023
    • Academic research paper of at least 20 pages in length that will be hosted on the AAPI Data website and/or repositories at the University of California system, including at UC Riverside

Eligibility

Proposals are invited from any other entity outside of the University of California system, conducting research in the state of California, including other colleges and universities, research centers, and community-based organizations. Proposers must show that they can provide a diversity of perspectives consistent with California’s diverse AA and NHPI populations.

Amount and Terms of Funding

It is expected that the funding for each area will be in the range of $50,000 – $200,000, and budgets should reflect these limits.

There are two parallel application processes depending on funding levels.

For Applications $99,000 or less: Submit proposals to AAPIdata@ucr.edu

For Applications $100,000 to $200,000: Submit proposals through https://calusource.net/for-suppliers/ . Register as a Supplier in CalUsource and search for the RFP entitled “UCR-RFP-FY2023-2998-GP410-DQ AA and NHPI Research Services” on the Public Bid Site.

Allowable expenses may include salaries and benefits, software, travel, entertainment, and miscellaneous supplies. Expenses for community advisors or partners will be allowed and encouraged. No overhead or capital equipment expenses will be allowed, per the award requirements set by the State of California.

Proposal and Rating Criteria

The RFP is competitive. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Define the scope of the proposed research
  2. Provide an outline of work plan to accomplish the scope of work
  3. Show expertise and qualifications of the researchers undertaking this work
  4. Demonstrate prior collaboration or partnership with community-based groups in past research that resulted in policy impacts, and/or provide a plan to how to include community-based input into the work plan.
  5. Provide an outline for a policy briefing document that places the conducted research into the context of recommendations for policies and practices.

Application Instructions and Formatting

A proposal, exclusive of cover page, budgets, and supporting material, must be no longer than eight pages, single-spaced with one-inch borders, and no smaller than 11-point type. Proposals must indicate the principal investigator, all professional and research staff, and timelines and budgets for accomplishing the tasks outlined above. Proposals will be judged on the degree to which they meet the criteria listed above and the degree to which they propose innovative and interesting ways to address the policy research needs of AA and NHPI communities. References and bibliographies will not count toward the page limit.

Complete applications should include:

  1. Application Cover Sheet (Download Proposal Template: Non-UC Proposal Template)
  2. Proposed Budget Sheet (Download Budget Template: Budget_Template_AAPI Data)
  3. Project Proposal
  4. Budget justification
  5. List of key participating staff with resumes or CVs

Proposals must be submitted no later than 6:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Proposals should be submitted based on the proposed budget in one of two ways:

For Applications $99,000 or less: Submit proposals to AAPIdata@ucr.edu

For Applications $100,000 to $200,000: Submit proposals through https://calusource.net/for-suppliers/ . Register as a Supplier in CalUsource and search for the RFP entitled “UCR-RFP-FY2023-2998-GP410-DQ AA and NHPI Research Services” on the Public Bid Site.

Replies will be provided to each proposer, but the proposer is responsible for ensuring that the proposal has been submitted prior to the deadline.

Requirements of Awardees

Awardees are expected to grant the University of California and the AAPI Data project the right to publish the project deliverables, and to disseminate findings from the project deliverables, with attribution to authors.

Deliverables

  1. Project kick-off meeting (April 3, 2023)
  2. Researchers are responsible for any IRB Review and Approval of Study Protocol
  3. Preliminary policy paper (due May 3, 2023)
  4. Mid-term project and expense report (due July 14, 2023)
  5. Final policy paper (due November 30, 2023)
  6. Final working paper (due November 30, 2023)
  7. Final project narrative and budget report (due November 30, 2023)

Questions: Please contact AAPIdata@ucr.edu (email for any questions about the RFP process)