(In-progress Updated CREF Site) Penn China Research and Engagement Fund

Launched in March 2015, the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) is a five-year, $10 million competitive matching research/event funding program. CREF supports Penn faculty- and staff-led activities that advance the study, teaching, and engagement of China. Managed by Penn Global on behalf of the Office of the Provost, the Fund supports faculty members across all twelve schools.

CREF Goals

The primary goals of the China Research and Engagement Fund are:

  1. To develop new, as well as strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Chinese partners.

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

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

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

Through the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, we seek to deepen and strengthen Penn’s China engagement with the goal of creating sustainable impact for the Penn community and beyond. In order to achieve this goal, CREF delivers a diverse range of interdisciplinary experiences for Penn's community both on- and off-campus, including:

  • Events and workshops led by CREF project leaders at venues such as Perry World House in Philadelphia and the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing
  • Interdisciplinary research projects managed by Penn faculty, staff, postdoctoral Fellows, Ph.D. candidates
  • Published books, papers, and articles
  • Undergraduate programming such as freshman seminars and summer study opportunities

CREF and Penn China Initiatives

Learn more about CREF and China Initiatives:

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CREF Projects To Date

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CREF Impact

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CREF Key China Partners

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Annual Penn China Research Symposium & China Policy Dialogues

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CREF Projects To Date

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CREF Impact

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CREF Key China Partners

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Annual Penn China Research Symposium & China Policy Dialogues

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CREF Project Spotlight
The Future of US-China Relations

CREF project The Future of US-China Relations, led by principal investigators Jacques DeLisle, Neysun Mahboubi, and Avery Goldstein, brings together young scholars and senior advisors from several universities to engage in six key areas related to US-China relations: national security; trade and competitiveness; technology; human rights, law and democracy; climate and environment; and research, education, and academic freedom. Their project's recent series of published papers and accompanying webinars were recently featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian.

The project is funded jointly by the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund as well as the Henry Luce Foundation.

Read the full Daily Pennsylvanian article on CREF project The Future of US-China Relations here.

Resources for CREF Applicants and Recipients

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For Fund Applicants

Learn more about the application and review process for the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund.

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For Fund Applicants

Learn more about the application and review process for the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund.

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