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.

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.

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; and

  • Advance research and showcase innovative and entrepreneurial models for engagement.

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

Fall 2020 Special Call for Proposals

This fall, we will accept proposals that examine dimensions of racism and racial justice in a global context, which may include:

  • An investigation of the manifestations of racism and/or colorism across or within cultures, sectors in society, fields of research, academic disciplines (e.g., humanities, arts, and the sciences), etc. from a global perspective; 

  • An analysis of the impacts of racism and/or colorism on health, education, arts, employment, access, mobility, etc. in a global context; or

  • An exploration of racial and social justice reforms across local, regional, and international communities beyond the United States.

We seek proposals that meet the primary goals of the Global Engagement Fund (noted above) and articulate a clear plan for impact, with the intent of meaningfully continuing the work beyond the scope of the Global Engagement Fund.

Project Deliverables

At the end of the project, the awardee will be expected to submit a comprehensive final report, which should clearly explain the impact of the work as well as a succinct plan and/or set of recommendations for continued research or action. This may include policy recommendations, new or adapted curricular or extracurricular programming, research agendas or frameworks, dialogue series or workshops, etc. The awardee will also be expected to submit semi-annual progress reports throughout the lifetime of the project.  Note that GEF funding is typically considered seed-funding and awardees will be encouraged to seek other funding to support ongoing work.

Grant Term

The grant term for proposals submitted under this special Call for Proposals is two (2) years, with a possible renewal for an additional year. Applicants should plan for a start date of March 1, 2021 or later.

Learn More About the Fund

All other parameters of the Global Engagement Fund apply. Refer to the section below to learn more about the Fund's requirements regarding eligibility, types of support, allowable and unallowable costs, and budget.

Submit an Application

All applicants will submit their proposals using SurveyMonkey Apply, an online application management system. The portal to submit an application will open on October 15, 2020Proposals will be due no later than 5pm ET on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Apply Today

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NOTICE

We will launch our standard annual Call for Proposals to the Global Engagement Fund on December 1, 2020. All applications submitted for funding in Spring 2020 will be considered for the Spring 2021 funding cycle.

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

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Learn More About the Fund

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Types of Support

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

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

  • Field Work: Support for field work including, e.g., data collection and management; manuscript preparation and publication; and the purchasing of the equipment necessary to carry out the work.
  • Research Travel & Associated Costs: Travel for research activities or related work abroad. In-country travel for partners and/or collaborators.

    • 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.

  • Research and Educational Initiatives: Development of international initiatives, research networks, or global programs on Penn’s campus.

  • Curricular and Course Development Initiatives: Development of new educational or extracurricular programming on Penn’s campus.

Convening awards (up to $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.

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What We Do Not Fund

Training and capacity building projects. We currently do not offer support for training and capacity building projects, or development initiatives in general. However, we are open to considering supporting a discrete research project within a broader training and capacity building project.

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.

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

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Term & Budget

Term
Annual Call for ProposalsThe 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.

Fall 2020 Special Call for Proposals: The grant term for proposals submitted under the special Call for Proposals is two (2) years, with a possible renewal for an additional year. Applicants should plan for a start date of March 1, 2021 or later.

Budget

  • Research and engagement projects are not to exceed $40,000.  

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

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

Matching Funds
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include additional funding contributed by a School, Center, or external partner (including foundations, governmental organizations, etc.).

Allowable & Unallowable Costs
For a list of allowable and unallowable costs, please click here. You will be prompted to enter your PennKey and password. 

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Types of Support

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

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

  • Field Work: Support for field work including, e.g., data collection and management; manuscript preparation and publication; and the purchasing of the equipment necessary to carry out the work.
  • Research Travel & Associated Costs: Travel for research activities or related work abroad. In-country travel for partners and/or collaborators.

    • 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.

  • Research and Educational Initiatives: Development of international initiatives, research networks, or global programs on Penn’s campus.

  • Curricular and Course Development Initiatives: Development of new educational or extracurricular programming on Penn’s campus.

Convening awards (up to $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.

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What We Do Not Fund

Training and capacity building projects. We currently do not offer support for training and capacity building projects, or development initiatives in general. However, we are open to considering supporting a discrete research project within a broader training and capacity building project.

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.

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

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Term & Budget

Term
Annual Call for ProposalsThe 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.

Fall 2020 Special Call for Proposals: The grant term for proposals submitted under the special Call for Proposals is two (2) years, with a possible renewal for an additional year. Applicants should plan for a start date of March 1, 2021 or later.

Budget

  • Research and engagement projects are not to exceed $40,000.  

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

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

Matching Funds
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include additional funding contributed by a School, Center, or external partner (including foundations, governmental organizations, etc.).

Allowable & Unallowable Costs
For a list of allowable and unallowable costs, please click here. You will be prompted to enter your PennKey and password. 

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2020 & 2021 Application Timelines

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  2020 Special Call for Proposals 2021 Annual Call for Proposals
Invitation to Submit Proposals October 15, 2020 December 1, 2020
Proposals Due November 30, 2020 February 15, 2021
Awards Announced

Spring 2021
Applicants should plan for a project start date of March 1, 2021 or later.

May 2021
Applicants should plan for a project start date of July 1, 2021. 

 

Instructions

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 GEF requirements (above)Instructions

Step 2: Complete your application on Survey Monkey Apply
All applicants will be asked to submit a proposal through Survey Monkey Apply, an online application management system, which Penn Global now uses to run almost all aspects of its funding programs. Before you begin your application, be sure to review the instructions!  

Note: before submitting your application, you will be required to provide the signatures of the appropriate senior leadership.

Step 3: Submit your application!
After you have completed your application, you must click "Review and Submit" and then "Submit" to forward it to us for consideration. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 

Apply Today

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

2020 & 2021 Application Timelines

Apply Today

  2020 Special Call for Proposals 2021 Annual Call for Proposals
Invitation to Submit Proposals October 15, 2020 December 1, 2020
Proposals Due November 30, 2020 February 15, 2021
Awards Announced

Spring 2021
Applicants should plan for a project start date of March 1, 2021 or later.

May 2021
Applicants should plan for a project start date of July 1, 2021. 

 

Instructions

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 GEF requirements (above)Instructions

Step 2: Complete your application on Survey Monkey Apply
All applicants will be asked to submit a proposal through Survey Monkey Apply, an online application management system, which Penn Global now uses to run almost all aspects of its funding programs. Before you begin your application, be sure to review the instructions!  

Note: before submitting your application, you will be required to provide the signatures of the appropriate senior leadership.

Step 3: Submit your application!
After you have completed your application, you must click "Review and Submit" and then "Submit" to forward it to us for consideration. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 

Apply Today

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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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.