Penn Global Engagement Fund

The Global Engagement Fund is 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.

Fall 2021 Call For Proposals

Penn Global's Fall 2021 Call For Proposals across all four of our Research and Engagement Funds, including the Global Engagement Fund, opens August 26th, 2021. We welcome you to visit our Fall 2021 Call For Proposals website for further information regarding eligibility requirements, guidelines, and application procedures for prospective applicants.

Primary Goals of the Fund

The primary goals of the fund are to:

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

  • Promote collaboration and the integration of knowledge across Schools and disciplines

  • Advance research and showcase innovative and entrepreneurial models for engagement

Specifically, Penn Global seeks to promote faculty research and engagement around the world by providing seed funding for new projects that will lead to additional opportunities and continue beyond the scope of the Global Engagement Fund.

Priority will be given to projects that articulate a clean plan for sustainability and impact.

Learn More About the Fund

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Types of Support

The GEF prioritizes support for two categories of activity, including:

1) Convening awards (typically capped at $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.
 

2) Research and Engagement awards (previously capped at $40,000; starting in Fall 2021, larger amounts may be awarded)

  • 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 BuildingSupport 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 Do Not Fund

Certain types 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.

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

Penn faculty and senior administrators are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those who are full-time, non-tenured professors. Academic support staff (e.g., lecturer and senior lecturer) are welcome to submit proposals, but must also submit a letter of support from a faculty member.

Please refer to our Fall 2021 Call for Proposals website for further information regarding eligibility requirements.

For applicants from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM): 

Please note that proposal finalists from PSOM applicants 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 LOS due date, which will be issued in direct messages to finalists following proposal reviews. 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.

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Term & 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, though historically they have ranged from 6 months to 2 years. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals website for further information.

Budget

  • Research and Engagement projects were previously capped at $40,000; starting in Fall 2021, larger amounts may be awarded.

  • Convening conferences are not to exceed $10,000.

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

Matching Funds

In general, awardees are expected to secure at least 50% matching funds contributed by a School, Center, or external partner (including foundations, governmental organizations, etc.) by the time Engagement Funds awards are journaled.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis: the goal of the Funds are 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.

Allowable & Unallowable Costs

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

dashboard

Types of Support

The GEF prioritizes support for two categories of activity, including:

1) Convening awards (typically capped at $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.
 

2) Research and Engagement awards (previously capped at $40,000; starting in Fall 2021, larger amounts may be awarded)

  • 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 BuildingSupport 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 Do Not Fund

Certain types 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.

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.

how_to_reg

Eligibility

Penn faculty and senior administrators are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those who are full-time, non-tenured professors. Academic support staff (e.g., lecturer and senior lecturer) are welcome to submit proposals, but must also submit a letter of support from a faculty member.

Please refer to our Fall 2021 Call for Proposals website for further information regarding eligibility requirements.

For applicants from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM): 

Please note that proposal finalists from PSOM applicants 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 LOS due date, which will be issued in direct messages to finalists following proposal reviews. 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.

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Term & 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, though historically they have ranged from 6 months to 2 years. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the Fall 2021 Call for Proposals website for further information.

Budget

  • Research and Engagement projects were previously capped at $40,000; starting in Fall 2021, larger amounts may be awarded.

  • Convening conferences are not to exceed $10,000.

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

Matching Funds

In general, awardees are expected to secure at least 50% matching funds contributed by a School, Center, or external partner (including foundations, governmental organizations, etc.) by the time Engagement Funds awards are journaled.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis: the goal of the Funds are 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.

Allowable & Unallowable Costs

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

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Apply for Funding

Penn Global's Fall 2021 Call For Proposals across all four of our Research and Engagement Funds, including the Global Engagement Fund, is scheduled to open August 26th, 2021. We welcome you to visit our Fall 2021 Call For Proposals website for further information regarding eligibility requirements, guidelines, and application procedures for prospective applicants.

Additional questions?

Contact Penn Global (global@upenn.edu) to schedule a call or meeting.

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Manage My Award

Before 2019
If you received an award BEFORE 2019, please contact Penn Global with your inquiry. Penn Global may be reached at global@upenn.edu

In or After 2019
If you received an award IN 2019 or AFTER, to manage your award please visit Survey Monkey Apply via the following link: https://upenn-provost.smapply.io/prog.

Penn Global now uses Survey Monkey Apply, an online grant management system, to run almost all aspects of the Global Engagement Fund, including award and post-award. If you have any questions, please direct them to Penn Global at global@upenn.edu

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Apply for Funding

Penn Global's Fall 2021 Call For Proposals across all four of our Research and Engagement Funds, including the Global Engagement Fund, is scheduled to open August 26th, 2021. We welcome you to visit our Fall 2021 Call For Proposals website for further information regarding eligibility requirements, guidelines, and application procedures for prospective applicants.

Additional questions?

Contact Penn Global (global@upenn.edu) to schedule a call or meeting.

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Manage My Award

Before 2019
If you received an award BEFORE 2019, please contact Penn Global with your inquiry. Penn Global may be reached at global@upenn.edu

In or After 2019
If you received an award IN 2019 or AFTER, to manage your award please visit Survey Monkey Apply via the following link: https://upenn-provost.smapply.io/prog.

Penn Global now uses Survey Monkey Apply, an online grant management system, to run almost all aspects of the Global Engagement Fund, including award and post-award. If you have any questions, please direct them to Penn Global at global@upenn.edu

Featured GEF Project: Teaching Beyond September 11th

Teaching Beyond September 11th, led by principal investigator Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher of Penn Graduate School of Education, and co-investigators Fariha Khan of Penn School of Arts and Sciences, and Solidarity Is director Deepa Iyer, in collaboration with a team of educators, scholars, and community activist leaders, offers a 20-module curriculum designed to help deepen students’ understandings of how the September 11th attacks continue to reverberate in communities across the globe. The curriculum, available upon request via the project's website, explores themes like social justice, representation, public opinion, democracy, and US foreign and domestic policy.

Illustration of five individuals of diverse representations holding a banner that reads "Justice."

The project is funded and supported by the Penn Global Engagement Fund as well as Penn’s Graduate School of Education and the Penn Libraries. Additional support comes from Penn’s Middle East Center and South Asia Center.

Learn more about the project

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Meet Fund Recipients

Each year, nearly a dozen faculty receive support from the Global Engagement Fund for their international, interdisciplinary work. Meet the faculty who have received support since the Fund launched in 2011 and learn more about their work.