Fall 2021 Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds Call for Proposals

Penn Global’s four Research and Engagement Funds support a competitive grant program that seeds creative, faculty-driven projects that will catalyze entrepreneurial research or initiatives in a global context and position Penn as a leader of global research and intellectual innovation.

Our Fall 2021 Call For Proposals is open August 26th through October 11th, 2021.

Our Fall 2021 Call for Proposals engages all four of our Research and Engagement Funds. Below you will find further information regarding our four Research and Engagement Funds, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

Primary Goals of the Funds

The primary goals of Penn Global’s Research and Engagement Funds are to:

  • Develop new insights on key questions, issues, and challenges facing focus countries, regions, and the world at large and position Penn to contribute knowledge that helps to address and respond to them
  • Promote collaboration and the integration of knowledge across Penn Schools and disciplines
  • Strengthen partnerships, promote intellectual exchange, and foster the co-production of knowledge and ideas between Penn and foreign partner scholars, organizations, and institutions

We welcome proposals for projects across any and all disciplines, fields of study, and countries/regions. This year, we especially welcome proposals for projects that specifically examine or relate to climate change and/or climate justice in a global context.

We encourage you to visit the pages below for more information about each of our four funds. 

Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds

Click below to learn more about Penn Global's four Research and Engagement Funds, including information about past and currently supported projects:

Global Engagement Fund (est. 2011)

China Research and Engagement Fund (est. 2015)

India Research and Engagement Fund (est. 2017)

Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund (est. 2021)

Learn More About the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals

In contrast to previous years wherein individual Research and Engagement Funds included their own application process, Penn Global is now using a common application for proposals across all regions and subjects of research and engagement.

Below, you will find further information about the Fall 2021 Call For Proposals, including types of awards, eligibility, term and budget stipulations, and matching funds expectations:

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Types of Awards

1) Convening Awards (generally do not exceed $10,000)

These awards are designed to support conferences, symposia, workshops or scholarly meetings with clear end products and avenues for continued research, curricular or course development initiatives, and/or significant contributions to broader debates on global issues. Convenings should provide enrichment opportunities to interested faculty, students, and staff and enhance existing research and scholarly programs, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain. Priority will be given to inter- or cross-disciplinary conferences that include faculty from more than one School. 

Support for virtual conferences and gatherings will be allowed (encouraged) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hybrid- and in-person models for conferences and gatherings may be supported, pending University of Pennsylvania and public health guidelines.

2) Research and Engagement Awards (generally average between $20,000 and $150,000)

Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds support the following types of Research and Engagement activities, among others, and Penn Global welcomes creative and innovative proposals beyond those listed here:

  • Research and Educational Collaborations: Development of international partnerships, research networks, or global programs on Penn’s campus, including but not limited to the development of a cross- or multi-School initiative on a particular topic or theme.
     
  • Research Travel & Associated Costs: Travel for faculty research activities or related work outside the United States, and costs associated with Penn faculty doing extended research outside the United States. Also includes in-country travel for partners and/or collaborators. In general, Provost’s Office funds can be used for no more than five round trips per Project per year. Any deviations from this policy advance written approval from Penn Global. In addition, in no case can Provost’s Office funds be used for business class travel, though matching funds may be used to upgrade an economy-class ticket purchased using Provost’s Office funds.
     
    • Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are significant restrictions on University travel.  Before planning your trip, please refer to Penn’s International Travel Guidance website to ensure you are apprised of the most recent University updates, policies, and procedures.

    • If you plan to propose any trips as part of your proposal, please also provide an alternative plan, describing how you will move your work forward if travel is not possible.
       

  • Field Work: Costs associated with conducting field work, which may include but is not limited to: data collection (e.g., surveys, focus groups, observations, etc.); data analysis, reporting, and archiving; manuscript preparation and publication; equipment necessary to perform the work, etc.
     
  • Training & Capacity Building: Support for Penn faculty and/or teams to partner with organizations abroad to develop or enhance skills, methods, and the expertise needed to address well defined issues of local, regional, and global importance in connection with research goals. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. 
     
  • Workshops, Conferences, and Other Convenings: Support for meetings, workshops and conferences integral to the Project. Such convenings may support the faculty member’s initial efforts to frame and launch the Project, or provide a platform for the faculty member to share his or her findings with a public audience.
     
  • Curricular and Course Development Initiatives: Development of new educational or extracurricular programming on Penn’s campus, including but not limited to the design of new short-term or embedded course that take students abroad.
     
  • Teaching and Student Engagement: Support for Penn students to participate in the Project (e.g., as research assistants), thereby providing them with significant research, educational, or service experiences. Such support should be closely related to ongoing research activities, workshops, conferences, or other activities listed in this category. Applicants seeking funding for courses that involve international travel should apply for a Penn Global Seminar grant administered by Penn Abroad.
     
  • Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship: Activities with both an educational and public, community, or social service component that are intended to benefit a specific target community, population, or organization abroad. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support service learning or social entrepreneurship projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching.
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What We Look For In Proposals

Penn Global’s Research and Engagement Funds look for Projects that enhance Penn’s engagement with one or more countries or regions outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Research and Engagement Fund-supported Projects must primarily take place outside the United States and be focused on issues that are not primarily focused on the United States.

Penn Global welcomes all proposals that meet its minimum criteria, but proposals that feature the following will receive preferential consideration:

  • Led by faculty and/or senior administrators from two or more Penn Schools and/or Centers, and/or involve faculty members from two or more distinct disciplinary fields, including the natural and applied sciences; the social sciences; the humanities; and clinical or professional training;
  • Involve tenure-track but currently untenured faculty;
  • Build strong and equitable partnerships between Penn and institutions, organizations or communities abroad; and/or
  • Include a clear plan for obtaining matching funds equal to or greater than the amount requested from a Penn Global Engagement Fund

Success can be measured by a variety of criteria; there is no “one-size-fits-all” model. But in general, benchmarks for success can be measured by research and academic outputs (e.g., scholarly publications, presentations, events); engagement with new partners; development of new courses at Penn or educational opportunities for Penn students; ability to attract school/center and external funding; media coverage; and research or policy impact.

See below for guidance regarding proposals engaging our region-specific funding for China, India, and/or Africa:

For Proposals Engaging China

Applicants with proposals that engage China will be eligible for funding through the China Research and Engagement Fund: these projects must make substantial use of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. Substantial use may include holding events or working with each center to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with host country institutions.

Awards from the China Research and Engagement Fund are subject to a 20% Facilitation Fee that includes many services associated with use of the Penn Wharton China Center.

For Proposals Engaging India

Applicants with proposals that engage India will be eligible for funding through the India Research and Engagement Fund: these projects must make substantial use of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi. Substantial use may include holding events or working with each center to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with Indian institutions.

For Proposals Engaging Africa

Applicants with proposals that engage Africa will be eligible for funding through the Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund: applicants should note that preferential consideration will be given to proposals that specifically engage sub-Saharan Africa and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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What We Do Not Fund

Projects primarily focused on/taking place within the United States. Projects or activities funded by Penn Global Engagement Funds must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support Projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.

Certain kinds of training and capacity-building projects. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. However, we are open to considering supporting a discrete research project within a broader training and capacity building project. We also provide support to Penn faculty and/or teams in partnering with organizations abroad to develop or enhance skills, methods, and the expertise needed to address well-defined issues of local, regional, and global importance in connection with research goals.

Certain kinds of teaching and student engagement projects. Such support should be closely related to ongoing research activities, workshops, conferences, or other activities listed in this category. Applicants seeking funding for courses that involve international travel should apply for a Penn Global Seminar grant administered by Penn Abroad.

Certain kinds of service learning and social entrepreneurship projects. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support service learning or social entrepreneurship projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. 

Consultation Services (on the part of Penn Faculty). We do not offer support for faculty or teams to serve as consultants or advisors participating, for instance, in the development of new methods or practices. To be considered for funding, faculty must clearly define how such activities are integral to their research or academic endeavors, and how such activities will better position the University of Pennsylvania as a leader of global research and intellectual innovation.

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Eligibility

Basic Requirements

Penn Global welcomes all proposals for Research and Engagement Fund support that meet a few minimum requirements:

  1. Projects or activities funded by Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds must be led by a Penn affiliate with a long-term position at the University, typically a Penn faculty member or senior administrator. Junior faculty members are welcome to apply. Academic support staff (e.g., lecturer and senior lecturer) are also welcome to apply, but must submit a letter of support from a faculty member.

    Although Projects must be led by a Penn affiliate with a long-term position at the University, Penn Global welcomes proposals for Projects that engage all members of the Penn community, including academic support staff, undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and alumni as well as external partners. In general, we expect that the Awardee will be responsible for at least 50% of the total work and responsibilities involved in the Project.
     
  2. Projects or activities funded by Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds cannot support Projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.
     
  3. Some form of matching funding or support must be provided from another Penn or external source. In general, Penn Global expects matching funds to be equal or greater to those requested from its engagement funds, though in rare cases exceptions may be made.

Proposals for funding from the Penn China and Penn India Research and Engagement Funds must also make substantial use of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing or the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi, respectively. Substantial use may include holding events or working with each center to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with host country institutions. Awards from the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund are subject to a 20% Facilitation Fee that includes many services associated with use of the Penn Wharton China Center.  

For Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM)-affiliated applicants:

PSOM applicants are encouraged to consult with the Center for Global Health (CGH) at least 2 weeks prior to the proposal deadline.
Kindly contact Megan Doherty, CGH Director of Operations and Programming, to initiate this process: 
megand@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Any questions regarding eligibility can be directed to global@upenn.edu

For Finalists: Letter(s) of Support

Letters of Support are not required to respond to the Call for Proposals, but for projects selected as Finalists, Principal Investigators will need to include one or more letters of support as part of their next steps. Applicants are nonetheless encouraged to inform their appropriate unit leadership (school dean, center director, department chair, etc) as early as possible of their plans to apply for Penn Global funding.

  • Applicants from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM): 

Proposals from prospective Awardees affiliated with PSOM require a Letter of Support (LOS) from the Center of Global Health (CGH). The LOS should be requested at least two weeks in advance of the Penn Global Engagement Fund LOS due date.
If you are selected as a Finalist, kindly contact Megan Doherty, CGH Director of Operations and Programming, to initiate this process: megand@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

  • All Other Applicants (Required for all Finalists):

Letter of Support from School Dean or Center Director

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Term and Budget

Term

Fall 2021 Call for Proposals: Grant terms for applications submitted to the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals may vary based on project scope and countries/regions engaged. Terms across our Research and Engagement Funds have historically averaged from 6 months to 3 years*. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

* Although this is historically the average length of our funded projects, we welcome proposals for longitudinal research and engagement beyond 3 years as a proposal's focus and scope may merit.

Budget

  • There is no minimum or maximum award amount for Research and Engagement projects, though awards generally range between $20,000 and $150,000.
  • Awards for Convening proposals generally do not exceed $10,000.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Allowable & Unallowable Costs

Please click here for a list of allowable and unallowable costs for Research and Engagement Funds expenditures. You will be prompted to enter your PennKey and password in order to view them.

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Matching Funds for Awards

All awards will require matching funds or material support to be contributed by the Awardee’s School, center, or department or from another Penn or external source. As a general rule, the Provost’s Office expects to match Awardee-provided funds on a 1:1 basis*, so that Provost’s Office funds will comprise no more than 50% of the total Project budget. However, the goal of the funds is to stimulate transformative research, and proposers are welcome to submit proposals with alternative matching ratios, especially for proposals that respond to emerging or ongoing issues or challenges.

*This applies to Research and Engagement awards; for Convening awards, a range of Matching Funds ratios is acceptable.

The proposal review process will take into consideration likelihood of securing match funds as evidenced by letters of intent or other documented expressions of support. Matching funds do not have to be in-hand when proposals are submitted, but the expectation is that the matching funds will be in-hand at the time of award.

At the time of award, matching funds contributed by the Awardee must be confirmed with the Penn Global Business Office prior to any Provost Office funds being provided. It is expected that the Awardee will meet their annual match commitment each year, or they may jeopardize future years’ Provost funding.

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Types of Awards

1) Convening Awards (generally do not exceed $10,000)

These awards are designed to support conferences, symposia, workshops or scholarly meetings with clear end products and avenues for continued research, curricular or course development initiatives, and/or significant contributions to broader debates on global issues. Convenings should provide enrichment opportunities to interested faculty, students, and staff and enhance existing research and scholarly programs, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain. Priority will be given to inter- or cross-disciplinary conferences that include faculty from more than one School. 

Support for virtual conferences and gatherings will be allowed (encouraged) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hybrid- and in-person models for conferences and gatherings may be supported, pending University of Pennsylvania and public health guidelines.

2) Research and Engagement Awards (generally average between $20,000 and $150,000)

Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds support the following types of Research and Engagement activities, among others, and Penn Global welcomes creative and innovative proposals beyond those listed here:

  • Research and Educational Collaborations: Development of international partnerships, research networks, or global programs on Penn’s campus, including but not limited to the development of a cross- or multi-School initiative on a particular topic or theme.
     
  • Research Travel & Associated Costs: Travel for faculty research activities or related work outside the United States, and costs associated with Penn faculty doing extended research outside the United States. Also includes in-country travel for partners and/or collaborators. In general, Provost’s Office funds can be used for no more than five round trips per Project per year. Any deviations from this policy advance written approval from Penn Global. In addition, in no case can Provost’s Office funds be used for business class travel, though matching funds may be used to upgrade an economy-class ticket purchased using Provost’s Office funds.
     
    • Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are significant restrictions on University travel.  Before planning your trip, please refer to Penn’s International Travel Guidance website to ensure you are apprised of the most recent University updates, policies, and procedures.

    • If you plan to propose any trips as part of your proposal, please also provide an alternative plan, describing how you will move your work forward if travel is not possible.
       

  • Field Work: Costs associated with conducting field work, which may include but is not limited to: data collection (e.g., surveys, focus groups, observations, etc.); data analysis, reporting, and archiving; manuscript preparation and publication; equipment necessary to perform the work, etc.
     
  • Training & Capacity Building: Support for Penn faculty and/or teams to partner with organizations abroad to develop or enhance skills, methods, and the expertise needed to address well defined issues of local, regional, and global importance in connection with research goals. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. 
     
  • Workshops, Conferences, and Other Convenings: Support for meetings, workshops and conferences integral to the Project. Such convenings may support the faculty member’s initial efforts to frame and launch the Project, or provide a platform for the faculty member to share his or her findings with a public audience.
     
  • Curricular and Course Development Initiatives: Development of new educational or extracurricular programming on Penn’s campus, including but not limited to the design of new short-term or embedded course that take students abroad.
     
  • Teaching and Student Engagement: Support for Penn students to participate in the Project (e.g., as research assistants), thereby providing them with significant research, educational, or service experiences. Such support should be closely related to ongoing research activities, workshops, conferences, or other activities listed in this category. Applicants seeking funding for courses that involve international travel should apply for a Penn Global Seminar grant administered by Penn Abroad.
     
  • Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship: Activities with both an educational and public, community, or social service component that are intended to benefit a specific target community, population, or organization abroad. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support service learning or social entrepreneurship projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching.
search

What We Look For In Proposals

Penn Global’s Research and Engagement Funds look for Projects that enhance Penn’s engagement with one or more countries or regions outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Research and Engagement Fund-supported Projects must primarily take place outside the United States and be focused on issues that are not primarily focused on the United States.

Penn Global welcomes all proposals that meet its minimum criteria, but proposals that feature the following will receive preferential consideration:

  • Led by faculty and/or senior administrators from two or more Penn Schools and/or Centers, and/or involve faculty members from two or more distinct disciplinary fields, including the natural and applied sciences; the social sciences; the humanities; and clinical or professional training;
  • Involve tenure-track but currently untenured faculty;
  • Build strong and equitable partnerships between Penn and institutions, organizations or communities abroad; and/or
  • Include a clear plan for obtaining matching funds equal to or greater than the amount requested from a Penn Global Engagement Fund

Success can be measured by a variety of criteria; there is no “one-size-fits-all” model. But in general, benchmarks for success can be measured by research and academic outputs (e.g., scholarly publications, presentations, events); engagement with new partners; development of new courses at Penn or educational opportunities for Penn students; ability to attract school/center and external funding; media coverage; and research or policy impact.

See below for guidance regarding proposals engaging our region-specific funding for China, India, and/or Africa:

For Proposals Engaging China

Applicants with proposals that engage China will be eligible for funding through the China Research and Engagement Fund: these projects must make substantial use of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. Substantial use may include holding events or working with each center to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with host country institutions.

Awards from the China Research and Engagement Fund are subject to a 20% Facilitation Fee that includes many services associated with use of the Penn Wharton China Center.

For Proposals Engaging India

Applicants with proposals that engage India will be eligible for funding through the India Research and Engagement Fund: these projects must make substantial use of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi. Substantial use may include holding events or working with each center to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with Indian institutions.

For Proposals Engaging Africa

Applicants with proposals that engage Africa will be eligible for funding through the Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund: applicants should note that preferential consideration will be given to proposals that specifically engage sub-Saharan Africa and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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What We Do Not Fund

Projects primarily focused on/taking place within the United States. Projects or activities funded by Penn Global Engagement Funds must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support Projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.

Certain kinds of training and capacity-building projects. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. However, we are open to considering supporting a discrete research project within a broader training and capacity building project. We also provide support to Penn faculty and/or teams in partnering with organizations abroad to develop or enhance skills, methods, and the expertise needed to address well-defined issues of local, regional, and global importance in connection with research goals.

Certain kinds of teaching and student engagement projects. Such support should be closely related to ongoing research activities, workshops, conferences, or other activities listed in this category. Applicants seeking funding for courses that involve international travel should apply for a Penn Global Seminar grant administered by Penn Abroad.

Certain kinds of service learning and social entrepreneurship projects. Penn Global Engagement Funds cannot support service learning or social entrepreneurship projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. 

Consultation Services (on the part of Penn Faculty). We do not offer support for faculty or teams to serve as consultants or advisors participating, for instance, in the development of new methods or practices. To be considered for funding, faculty must clearly define how such activities are integral to their research or academic endeavors, and how such activities will better position the University of Pennsylvania as a leader of global research and intellectual innovation.

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Eligibility

Basic Requirements

Penn Global welcomes all proposals for Research and Engagement Fund support that meet a few minimum requirements:

  1. Projects or activities funded by Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds must be led by a Penn affiliate with a long-term position at the University, typically a Penn faculty member or senior administrator. Junior faculty members are welcome to apply. Academic support staff (e.g., lecturer and senior lecturer) are also welcome to apply, but must submit a letter of support from a faculty member.

    Although Projects must be led by a Penn affiliate with a long-term position at the University, Penn Global welcomes proposals for Projects that engage all members of the Penn community, including academic support staff, undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and alumni as well as external partners. In general, we expect that the Awardee will be responsible for at least 50% of the total work and responsibilities involved in the Project.
     
  2. Projects or activities funded by Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds cannot support Projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.
     
  3. Some form of matching funding or support must be provided from another Penn or external source. In general, Penn Global expects matching funds to be equal or greater to those requested from its engagement funds, though in rare cases exceptions may be made.

Proposals for funding from the Penn China and Penn India Research and Engagement Funds must also make substantial use of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing or the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi, respectively. Substantial use may include holding events or working with each center to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with host country institutions. Awards from the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund are subject to a 20% Facilitation Fee that includes many services associated with use of the Penn Wharton China Center.  

For Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM)-affiliated applicants:

PSOM applicants are encouraged to consult with the Center for Global Health (CGH) at least 2 weeks prior to the proposal deadline.
Kindly contact Megan Doherty, CGH Director of Operations and Programming, to initiate this process: 
megand@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Any questions regarding eligibility can be directed to global@upenn.edu

For Finalists: Letter(s) of Support

Letters of Support are not required to respond to the Call for Proposals, but for projects selected as Finalists, Principal Investigators will need to include one or more letters of support as part of their next steps. Applicants are nonetheless encouraged to inform their appropriate unit leadership (school dean, center director, department chair, etc) as early as possible of their plans to apply for Penn Global funding.

  • Applicants from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM): 

Proposals from prospective Awardees affiliated with PSOM require a Letter of Support (LOS) from the Center of Global Health (CGH). The LOS should be requested at least two weeks in advance of the Penn Global Engagement Fund LOS due date.
If you are selected as a Finalist, kindly contact Megan Doherty, CGH Director of Operations and Programming, to initiate this process: megand@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

  • All Other Applicants (Required for all Finalists):

Letter of Support from School Dean or Center Director

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Term and Budget

Term

Fall 2021 Call for Proposals: Grant terms for applications submitted to the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals may vary based on project scope and countries/regions engaged. Terms across our Research and Engagement Funds have historically averaged from 6 months to 3 years*. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

* Although this is historically the average length of our funded projects, we welcome proposals for longitudinal research and engagement beyond 3 years as a proposal's focus and scope may merit.

Budget

  • There is no minimum or maximum award amount for Research and Engagement projects, though awards generally range between $20,000 and $150,000.
  • Awards for Convening proposals generally do not exceed $10,000.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Allowable & Unallowable Costs

Please click here for a list of allowable and unallowable costs for Research and Engagement Funds expenditures. You will be prompted to enter your PennKey and password in order to view them.

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Matching Funds for Awards

All awards will require matching funds or material support to be contributed by the Awardee’s School, center, or department or from another Penn or external source. As a general rule, the Provost’s Office expects to match Awardee-provided funds on a 1:1 basis*, so that Provost’s Office funds will comprise no more than 50% of the total Project budget. However, the goal of the funds is to stimulate transformative research, and proposers are welcome to submit proposals with alternative matching ratios, especially for proposals that respond to emerging or ongoing issues or challenges.

*This applies to Research and Engagement awards; for Convening awards, a range of Matching Funds ratios is acceptable.

The proposal review process will take into consideration likelihood of securing match funds as evidenced by letters of intent or other documented expressions of support. Matching funds do not have to be in-hand when proposals are submitted, but the expectation is that the matching funds will be in-hand at the time of award.

At the time of award, matching funds contributed by the Awardee must be confirmed with the Penn Global Business Office prior to any Provost Office funds being provided. It is expected that the Awardee will meet their annual match commitment each year, or they may jeopardize future years’ Provost funding.

Proceed to Fall 2021 Application

Once you have reviewed the above information, click the How To Apply button below to view our Fall 2021 Application Timeline, Instructions, and application portal access link.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Penn Global at global@upenn.edu

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How To Apply

Instructions

Click here to access the Fall 2021 Application for Research and Engagement Funds
(The application is currently scheduled to open for applicants on August 26th, 2021)

To ensure you are eligible and competitive for funding, it is important that you review all fund requirements before completing an application. 

  • Step 1: Review all Research and Engagement Funds requirements (above) 
     
  • Step 2: Complete your application via Survey Monkey Apply

All applicants will be asked to submit a narrative and budget proposal through Survey Monkey Apply, an online application management system, which Penn Global now uses to run almost all aspects of its funding programs. You will also be asked to upload any documentation supporting your plan for Matching Funds. Before you begin your application, be sure to review the instructions! 

Access Survey Monkey Apply via the following link: https://upenn-provost.smapply.io/prog/refs

If prompted, select the Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds program: this will bring you to the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals application form.

  • Step 3: Submit your application!

After you have completed your application in Survey Monkey Apply, you must click "Submit" in the left-hand column of the webpage to forward it to us for consideration. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 

2021 Application Timelines

  Fall 2021 Call for Proposals
Invitation to Submit Proposals Thursday, August 26, 2021
Proposals Due Monday, October 11, 2021
Finalists* Notified December 2021
Awards Announced

Spring 2022
Applicants should plan for a project start date of June 1, 2022 or later.

*Finalists will be contacted to explore arrangements for full or partial funding for their proposal, based on review process results and allowable/unallowable costs. They will also be required to submit a Letter of Support from their School Dean, Center Director, or (in the case of Perelman School of Medicine applicants), the Center for Global Health.

Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions by clicking the below link, and contact Penn Global (global@upenn.edu) with any additional questions you may have.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find examples of Projects supported by Penn Global Research and Engagement funds?

All Projects supported by other Penn Global funds, including the Global Engagement Fund (GEF), Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) and Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) are listed on Penn Global’s website. We encourage all interested applicants to check out the website to learn about past Projects and get a sense of what the funds look for.

  • How much money can I request, and what size Projects are you looking for?

We encourage proposals from Projects of all sizes to apply for funding, very much including ambitious, large-scale Project proposals.  However, as a general guideline, most Project awards involving conferences, workshops, or other convenings are limited to $10,000 or less, and most other Project awards have ranged between $20,000 and $150,000 over a multi-year period. Moreover, Research and Engagement proposals that identify sources of sustainable financial support are preferable, as are those that aim to catalyze or develop a Project or initiative that becomes self-sustaining.

  • Can I apply for funding from more than one Research and Engagement Fund?

Yes. Proposals that meet the criteria for more than one fund can be considered for support from multiple funds. Under some circumstances, Penn Global may award funding from more than one Research and Engagement Fund. However, funding from one Penn Global Research and Engagement Fund cannot be used as matching funds for another.

  • How long can Projects run?

There is no set time limit for Projects. However, in general Penn Global funds are intended to support Projects that can be completed within a definite timeframe and not to support long-term initiatives. Additionally, for Research and Engagement proposals, Penn Global looks for articulation of a clear plan to achieve financial and programmatic sustainability beyond the scope of the Research and Engagement Funds.

  • Are ongoing Projects eligible for funding?

Yes. As long as proposed Projects meet the goals and selection criteria of the different Funds, Penn Global welcomes proposals. However, Penn Global cannot provide support retroactively or support Projects that will be completed prior to completion of the proposal review process.

  • Can I apply again if I have previously received Penn Global funding / can I receive a new grant for an ongoing project?

While we prefer that our Research and Engagement Funds projects and initiatives grow to be self-sustaining beyond the support of Penn Global, we recognize that there may be cases where a first project becomes self-sustaining and also spawns new and innovative ideas that could themselves be good candidates for Research and Engagement Fund support. In these cases, proposals should articulate how the new project is innovative and includes substantially different goals in contrast to their first project (i.e., how it is not simply an extension of the original project.)

Please contact us at global@upenn.edu with any additional questions you may have regarding our Research and Engagement Funds.

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How To Apply

Instructions

Click here to access the Fall 2021 Application for Research and Engagement Funds
(The application is currently scheduled to open for applicants on August 26th, 2021)

To ensure you are eligible and competitive for funding, it is important that you review all fund requirements before completing an application. 

  • Step 1: Review all Research and Engagement Funds requirements (above) 
     
  • Step 2: Complete your application via Survey Monkey Apply

All applicants will be asked to submit a narrative and budget proposal through Survey Monkey Apply, an online application management system, which Penn Global now uses to run almost all aspects of its funding programs. You will also be asked to upload any documentation supporting your plan for Matching Funds. Before you begin your application, be sure to review the instructions! 

Access Survey Monkey Apply via the following link: https://upenn-provost.smapply.io/prog/refs

If prompted, select the Penn Global Research and Engagement Funds program: this will bring you to the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals application form.

  • Step 3: Submit your application!

After you have completed your application in Survey Monkey Apply, you must click "Submit" in the left-hand column of the webpage to forward it to us for consideration. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 

2021 Application Timelines

  Fall 2021 Call for Proposals
Invitation to Submit Proposals Thursday, August 26, 2021
Proposals Due Monday, October 11, 2021
Finalists* Notified December 2021
Awards Announced

Spring 2022
Applicants should plan for a project start date of June 1, 2022 or later.

*Finalists will be contacted to explore arrangements for full or partial funding for their proposal, based on review process results and allowable/unallowable costs. They will also be required to submit a Letter of Support from their School Dean, Center Director, or (in the case of Perelman School of Medicine applicants), the Center for Global Health.

Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions by clicking the below link, and contact Penn Global (global@upenn.edu) with any additional questions you may have.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find examples of Projects supported by Penn Global Research and Engagement funds?

All Projects supported by other Penn Global funds, including the Global Engagement Fund (GEF), Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) and Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) are listed on Penn Global’s website. We encourage all interested applicants to check out the website to learn about past Projects and get a sense of what the funds look for.

  • How much money can I request, and what size Projects are you looking for?

We encourage proposals from Projects of all sizes to apply for funding, very much including ambitious, large-scale Project proposals.  However, as a general guideline, most Project awards involving conferences, workshops, or other convenings are limited to $10,000 or less, and most other Project awards have ranged between $20,000 and $150,000 over a multi-year period. Moreover, Research and Engagement proposals that identify sources of sustainable financial support are preferable, as are those that aim to catalyze or develop a Project or initiative that becomes self-sustaining.

  • Can I apply for funding from more than one Research and Engagement Fund?

Yes. Proposals that meet the criteria for more than one fund can be considered for support from multiple funds. Under some circumstances, Penn Global may award funding from more than one Research and Engagement Fund. However, funding from one Penn Global Research and Engagement Fund cannot be used as matching funds for another.

  • How long can Projects run?

There is no set time limit for Projects. However, in general Penn Global funds are intended to support Projects that can be completed within a definite timeframe and not to support long-term initiatives. Additionally, for Research and Engagement proposals, Penn Global looks for articulation of a clear plan to achieve financial and programmatic sustainability beyond the scope of the Research and Engagement Funds.

  • Are ongoing Projects eligible for funding?

Yes. As long as proposed Projects meet the goals and selection criteria of the different Funds, Penn Global welcomes proposals. However, Penn Global cannot provide support retroactively or support Projects that will be completed prior to completion of the proposal review process.

  • Can I apply again if I have previously received Penn Global funding / can I receive a new grant for an ongoing project?

While we prefer that our Research and Engagement Funds projects and initiatives grow to be self-sustaining beyond the support of Penn Global, we recognize that there may be cases where a first project becomes self-sustaining and also spawns new and innovative ideas that could themselves be good candidates for Research and Engagement Fund support. In these cases, proposals should articulate how the new project is innovative and includes substantially different goals in contrast to their first project (i.e., how it is not simply an extension of the original project.)

Please contact us at global@upenn.edu with any additional questions you may have regarding our Research and Engagement Funds.