Heterodox Academy (HxA) is a nonpartisan collaborative that provides frameworks, tools, and community to thousands of educators, administrators, and students. As a nonprofit we work to improve the quality of research and education by promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in institutions of higher learning.

With the generous support of Schmidt Futures, Heterodox Academy (HxA) is pleased to solicit grant proposals from its members as part of its Open Inquiry in STEM Disciplines Grant Program. HxA aims to make 5-10 small grants to support academic research on the topic of opportunities for and challenges to open inquiry in the STEM disciplines. HxA will award a total of $50,000 in grants through this program.

For further details, please see the RFP document

Applications are open to groups of 2-3 lead applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • All are members of HxA (check the list; apply for membership)
  • All are active (not retired) faculty members, staff members, administrators, or graduate students at the same college or university.
  • All are willing to grow the HxA Campus Community as Co-Chairs (or designate a replacement) through Spring 2026 or Spring 2027. 
  • All agree to the Program Expectations outlined below.

HxA encourages applicant groups that include diverse disciplines, approaches, perspectives, and ranks. 

In addition to the 2-3 lead applicants, a founding group may include up to 2 undergraduate students as “undergraduate affiliate(s)” who are also HxA members. This is optional.

Retired/emeritus faculty and staff are welcome to be involved in group planning but should not be lead applicants. 

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