Global Engagement Fund: Call for Proposals—November 2
September 25, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 05
The Global Engagement Fund is a competitive grant program that seeds creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives. The Fund is designed to offer maximum flexibility to support faculty initiatives that enhance Penn’s global engagement. It emphasizes projects that:
- Collaborate across Schools and disciplines and involve multiple faculty members in research and conferences;
- Engage regions of the world in which Penn has active academic partnerships and collaborative activities, such as China, India, Latin America and Africa;
- Develop interdisciplinary courses and projects;
- Engage young researchers by including a stipend to support an undergraduate student doing research with investigators over a period of at least eight weeks in the summer outside the United States.
In the past, the Global Engagement Fund’s awardees have hosted high-profile cross-School conferences on global topics, conducted interdisciplinary research in Africa, and hosted distinguished international scholars. Many of the projects seek to push the boundaries of knowledge in their field of research. At the same time, conferences and visiting scholars funded will bring the international experience to all members of the Penn community and enrich the learning experience.
Proposals are due by November 2, 2012.
Review Process: Projects will be reviewed by a faculty committee for scholarly merit and significance for global research, teaching and service. Priority will be given to projects that seed ambitious new endeavors and involve multiple Schools.
Guidelines & Required Forms: Can be downloaded from www.upenn.edu/provost/category/global_initiatives
Application: Applications must include:
- A completed International Initiatives Cover Sheet (with all signatures), available at www.upenn.edu/provost/category/global_initiatives
- Completed Budget Form available at www.upenn.edu/provost/category/global_initiatives. Items that can be requested include costs associated with travel expenses, supplies and honoraria for visitors.
- A 500-1,000 word proposal, including background; work to be undertaken; ability to enhance Penn’s international teaching, research and engagement; and demonstrated interdisciplinary linkages.
- Biographies of faculty members involved in the project. Please limit to key faculty; complete bibliographies are not required.
- Evidence of additional funding from institutional or external sources.
- Outlook for the future of the project (continued activity and external funding).
- For conference support, a description of the purpose of the meeting; a proposed program agenda and list of presenters; the names of Penn faculty organizing the meeting; the number of Penn students and faculty expected to attend; an explanation of the benefit to Penn students and faculty; an explanation of the benefit to scholarly or research programs at Penn; an explanation of the relationship of the meeting to department, institute, or center programs.
- For distinguished international scholar visits, the proposed visitor’s CV and a description of the visitor’s proposed activities while at Penn.
- For research travel, length of expected time for the travel.
Submission: Email a complete PDF, including signed cover sheet, application, and budget, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The name of the PDF must be the last name of the principal investigator.