2021 CFP-Race-Sexuality Award photoThe Center for Positive Sexuality is pleased to announce our second year of research awards supporting research on race and sexuality. This year we will offer at least two awards of $1,000. The call for submissions is open until August 15th. You can read about our first round of recipients here!

We recognize that sexual identity and racial identity are intersectional, and that research on sexuality must attend to issues of race. We recognize that racial disparities affect issues like access to sexual health resources and the impact of social stigma about sexuality. We recognize that sexuality research must push back against a history of marginalizing rather than uplifting communities of color. We recognize that people of different races have diverse, unique, joyful, and humanizing experiences with sexuality that deserve scholarship and recognition.

Research proposals should center the voices and experiences of people of color. We welcome  projects from varied research approaches, disciplines, and methodologies that connect facets of sexuality to Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other POC communities. Projects can be in any stage of the process to qualify.

In the wake of the recent shootings at Atlanta spas, we would especially welcome proposals that speak to related issues of anti-Asian hate, Asian fetishization, sex-negativity, and hatred and violence against sex workers. We are also particularly interested in proposals that connect race and sexuality to other pressing social issues, such as tightening abortion restrictions, anti-trans sports legislation, police brutality and incarceration, immigration issues, and disparate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are proud to offer this research award program for a second year thanks to a generous individual anonymous donation. This gift creates the opportunity for us to offer at least two awards of $1,000.  If you would like to support this program to expand the number and size of awards available, your donation would be welcome. 100% of donations received will go directly to recipients of the award, as CPS volunteers the administration time and overhead to run this program. CPS also offers award recipients additional support in conducting and promoting their work.

To support equity in positive sexuality research, award funds can be used for anything that makes the research possible, including research and living expenses, travel, and/or other necessary expenses. We welcome proposals from academic researchers, community members, and individuals without an institutional affiliation!

Please check our website for more details. Application deadline is August September 15, 2021.