Penn China Research and Engagement Fund

Fund Requirements

The following is an overview of the funding priorities, eligibility, and criteria of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (Penn CREF). 

The Fund is eager to support projects with a clear plan for sustainable, long-term impact beyond the five-year period of the Fund.  Therefore, in addition to welcoming proposals from all disciplines, the Fund encourages faculty members across all twelve schools to propose interdisciplinary projects under overarching themes. 

In the first years of the fund, we have already seen significant research work and potential for collaboration in the following three areas: China’s Health and Healthcare, China’s Urbanization and Urban Development, and China’s Technology and Innovation Landscape. 

We welcome proposals that deepen and strengthen Penn’s engagement in these areas as well as in additional thematic areas in accordance with faculty interest, with the goal of creating sustainable impact for the Penn Community and beyond.

All Penn faculty and senior administrators are eligible to apply.  Proposals involving external organizations, institutions, or other entities are welcome as long as a Penn faculty member or senior administrator serves as the Principal Investigator for the proposed project. 

The primary goals of the fund are:

  • To develop new, or strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Chinese partners.

  • To support outstanding research projects from across the University that are poised to make significant contributions to their field.

  • To increase the study and understanding of China at Penn and create opportunities for meaningful student engagement.

  • To highlight the Penn Wharton China Center as a preeminent space in China for knowledge exchange and professional consultation.

Beginning in 2019, CREF will prioritize proposals that involve researchers, practitioners, and external partners from multiple disciplines; help raise Penn’s profile, visibility, and impact with respect to the study, teaching, and engagement of China; and convene both China and non-China specialists to examine issues or questions of significance to China and the world at large.

Penn Global welcomes all proposals for CREF that meet a few minimum requirements:

  • Projects or activities funded by CREF must be led by a Penn faculty member or senior administrator;
  • Projects or activities funded by CREF must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of China;
  • Some form of matching funding or support must be provided from another Penn or external source.

In addition to these requirements, projects or activities funded by CREF are expected to engage the Penn Wharton China Center in some way, whether as an event venue or outreach partner.

The Penn China Research and Engagement Fund will support a wide range of activities including:

  • Research and academic collaborations

  • Conferences, symposia, and workshops

  • Data collection and analysis

  • Professional consultation and collaboration

  • Faculty exchange programs

  • Short-term or embedded courses that bring students to China and East Asia

  • Select travel costs, including international airfare (to/from China) and domestic airfare (in China)

The Penn China Research and Engagement Fund may not be used for:

  • Faculty salary

  • Operational support (i.e., permanent staff salary, etc.)

  • Allocation of School/Center indirect costs (i.e., facilities, etc.)

  • Payments to partner institutions for indirect costs

The minimum award amount will be $25,000; there is no maximum award size. The Penn CREF term is limited to three years. Applicants should assume a July 1 start date unless otherwise noted.

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Application Process & Materials

Interested applicants should first submit a brief statement of interest via the Provost's Office online application portal that 1) describes the objectives and key components of the proposed project or activity; 2) outlines how it contributes to research, teaching, or policy engagement with respect to China; and 3) briefly states how the proposed project or activity meets the CREF evaluation criteria described below. Short-listed submissions will be invited to develop a full proposal in consultation with Penn Global. 

Expressions of interest can be submitted here and will be accepted until 12:00 PM Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Following the initial review of expressions of interest, applicants should be prepared to submit additional materials for final determination of funding, which may include completed and signed proposal form, proposal narrative, detailed budget and budget narrative, and supporting documentation (e.g., bios, letters of support, etc.).

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Review Process

All proposals submitted to the Penn CREF will be reviewed by members of the Provost’s Office and Penn Wharton China Center teams, in conjunction with members of a standing committee of peer reviewers drawn from the University community.  

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Points of Contact

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General Fund Information

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Application Process & Materials

Interested applicants should first submit a brief statement of interest via the Provost's Office online application portal that 1) describes the objectives and key components of the proposed project or activity; 2) outlines how it contributes to research, teaching, or policy engagement with respect to China; and 3) briefly states how the proposed project or activity meets the CREF evaluation criteria described below. Short-listed submissions will be invited to develop a full proposal in consultation with Penn Global. 

Expressions of interest can be submitted here and will be accepted until 12:00 PM Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Following the initial review of expressions of interest, applicants should be prepared to submit additional materials for final determination of funding, which may include completed and signed proposal form, proposal narrative, detailed budget and budget narrative, and supporting documentation (e.g., bios, letters of support, etc.).

rate_review

Review Process

All proposals submitted to the Penn CREF will be reviewed by members of the Provost’s Office and Penn Wharton China Center teams, in conjunction with members of a standing committee of peer reviewers drawn from the University community.  

Learn More

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Points of Contact

Have questions?  Please direct your question to the relevant point of contact.  

Contact Information 

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General Fund Information

Return to the homepage to learn more about the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund.  

Learn More