Penn Global Engagement Fund

Fund Requirements

The following is an overview of the funding priorities, eligibility, and criteria of the Penn Global Engagement Fund (GEF).

The Global Engagement Fund is a competitive grant program that seeds creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives. 

Successful projects will be cross-disciplinary, faculty-driven, and will seek to develop new or strengthen existing relationships at Penn and with partners overseas.  Priority will be given to projects that advance research and showcase innovative and entrepreneurial models for engagement and that articulate a clean plan for sustainability and impact.

Primary Goals
  1. Catalyze entrepreneurial research and partnerships in a global context. Specifically, Penn Global seeks to increase global activity and to promote research and engagement on the part of Penn faculty around the world by providing funding for projects that will lead to additional external funding and continue beyond the scope of the Global Engagement Fund

  2. Develop new insight on pressing global issues in key countries/regions of the world and important global trends

  3. Promote collaboration and the integration of knowledge across Schools and disciplines.

Annual Call for Proposals

Each year, Penn Global opens a call for proposals to the Global Engagement Fund, which supports two types of projects:

Research and engagement awards (up to $40,000)

  • Faculty travel to support research abroad (Note: Proposals should clearly outline how an overseas trip will enable research activities and deliverables.

  • Faculty and student collaborations

  • Curricular and course development initiatives

We will also consider proposals that send interdisciplinary groups of faculty overseas to work collaboratively on education or research initiatives.

Convening awards (up to $12,000)

Research and academic collaborations, such as conferences, symposia, and workshops with clear end products and avenues for continued research.

The GEF Annual Program will prioritize support for two categories of activity, including:

Research and engagement awards (up to $40,000)

  • Faculty travel to support research abroad (Note: Proposals should clearly outline how an overseas trip will enable research activities and deliverables.)

  • Faculty and student collaborations (e.g., students supporting faculty research)

  • Curricular and course development initiatives

  • Interdisciplinary groups of faculty overseas to work collaboratively on education or research initiatives

Convening awards (up to $12,000)

  • Research and academic collaborations, such as conferences, symposia, and workshops with clear end products and avenues for continued research

Research and engagement projects are not to exceed $40,000. Convening conferences are not to exceed $12,000.  Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

All applicants are required to complete and submit a detailed budget using the budget template (provided in the application portal). The budget form should include all project costs. The amount requested at the bottom should be the total project costs less the matching funds secured. 

Note about Matching Funds

Applicants must indicate whether he or she has secured funds from other sources, for instance, from their School, other internal departments and offices, or from external organizations.  Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to include additional funding contributed by another source.  In the budget, please indicate the source, the amount of the external funds, whether those funds are proposed or committed, and a brief description of the objective of the fund (if available).

Allowable Costs
Allowable costs include equipment, supplies, non-faculty salaries and stipends, meeting costs, and travel expenses related to the project.  

Unallowable Costs
Funds may not be used for faculty or staff salaries; however funds may support student workers, researchers, and post-docs. Fringe benefits for student workers are calculated at 9.7%.

In addition, funds may not be used to purchase business class airfare. Airfare will be supported up to the equivalent of a ticket for an economy class flight and will be capped at $1,500 for round-trip international flights.

The grant term is limited to one year.  Larger multi-year initiatives will be considered (up to two years maximum). Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Penn faculty and senior administrators are eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to those who are full-time, non-tenured professors.  Any questions regarding eligibility can be directed to global@upenn.edu

How Do I Apply?

Learn more about the application and review process and submit a proposal to the Global Engagement Fund!

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