Tribal Engagement and Consultation Mini Grants

The Office of Tribal Relations is partnering with the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships to offer Tribal Engagement and Consultation mini grants. These grants are meant for researchers who demonstrate experience collaborating with Native communities and are seeking funds for Tribal outreach and engagement on a current or new project that will lead to the submission of an extramural grant proposal.

Funds can be utilized for activities (e.g., travel, listening sessions, Tribal elder or cultural specialist stipends, participant honorariums) that enhance the research partnership.

The mini grants will be offered in Spring 2024 for use during the summer and following academic year. Mini grants will be up to $1,500 and the PI must be a faculty member at WSU (any track and rank). Awardees will be expected to work with the Office of Tribal Relations to ensure the projects meets the expectations for tribal engagement. Awardees will also receive support from ORAP to assist with proposal development.


WSU faculty in any track and discipline systemwide are eligible to apply for this award. Only applicants with a demonstrated existing relationship with a Tribal community will be considered for this award.

Due Date

Proposals are due May 15, 2024.

Proposal Requirements

  • Project summary (150 words or fewer)
  • A project description (500 words or fewer)
    • Demonstrate prior history working with Tribe/Tribes.
    • Demonstrate how you have shown respect, responsibility and reciprocity with the communities with whom you have worked.
    • List communities you have worked with (and on what projects) and what community/ies you are seeking to work with on this project.
  • External Funding Opportunity/ies
    • Indicate which external funding will be sought in support of your larger research program building on this mini-grant.
  • Budget
  • Budget justification
    • Outline how the requested funds will be utilized.

Award Terms and Conditions

  • The awards are for a 12-month period. If needed, a one-time only, no-cost time extension request is considered with a strong justification.
  • If the PI leaves the university prior to the completion of the grant, the remaining funds are to be returned to the Office of Research.
  • Any remaining funds after the grant’s termination date are to be returned to the Office of Research.
  • Awardee must submit an application for extramural funding with one year of the funding end date.
  • Awardees will be required to complete training related to WSU Executive Policy 41 if they have not done so previously.

Proposal Submission Form


This internal grant is administered by the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships. Contact ORAP at with any questions about the program or proposal submission process.