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.

Submit an Application

All applicants will submit their proposals using SurveyMonkey Apply, an online application management system, which Penn Global now uses to run almost all aspects of its funding programs.  

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Learn More About the Fund

Interested in applying?  Received an award but have questions about fund management?  Check out our resources and tools for Fund Seekers and Fund Awardees.  

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Types of Support

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

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

  • 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 abroad, and costs associated with Penn faculty doing extended research abroad. In-country travel for partners and/or collaborators.
  • 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 and supplies necessary to perform the work, etc.
  • 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 interdisciplinary program models that can be replicated or scaled.

Convening awards (up to $12,000)

The convenings program is designed for scholarly meetings that will be convened on the Penn campus, thereby providing enrichment opportunities to interested faculty, students, and staff. The intent is to support meetings that are designed to 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.

Requests for support for convenings abroad will also be taken to consideration if the applicant demonstrates that the convening will lead to research or educational collaborations, curricular or course development initiatives, or otherwise presents an invaluable opportunity to make a significant contribution to a broader debate on a global issue. Again, priority will be given to inter- or cross-disciplinary conferences that include faculty from more than one School.

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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
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.

Budget

  • 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. 

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. 

dashboard

Types of Support

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

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

  • 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 abroad, and costs associated with Penn faculty doing extended research abroad. In-country travel for partners and/or collaborators.
  • 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 and supplies necessary to perform the work, etc.
  • 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 interdisciplinary program models that can be replicated or scaled.

Convening awards (up to $12,000)

The convenings program is designed for scholarly meetings that will be convened on the Penn campus, thereby providing enrichment opportunities to interested faculty, students, and staff. The intent is to support meetings that are designed to 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.

Requests for support for convenings abroad will also be taken to consideration if the applicant demonstrates that the convening will lead to research or educational collaborations, curricular or course development initiatives, or otherwise presents an invaluable opportunity to make a significant contribution to a broader debate on a global issue. Again, priority will be given to inter- or cross-disciplinary conferences that include faculty from more than one School.

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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.

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.

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

attach_money

Term & Budget

Term
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.

Budget

  • 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. 

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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Apply for Funding

2020 Application Timeline

Invitation to Submit Proposals

December 6, 2019

Proposals Due February 14, 2020
Awards Announced May 2020
Applicants should plan for a project start date of July 1, 2020.

2020 Instructions

Step 1: Review all GEF requirements (above)
To ensure you are eligible and competitive for funding, it is important that you review all fund requirements before completing an application. 

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!

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

search

Apply for Funding

2020 Application Timeline

Invitation to Submit Proposals

December 6, 2019

Proposals Due February 14, 2020
Awards Announced May 2020
Applicants should plan for a project start date of July 1, 2020.

2020 Instructions

Step 1: Review all GEF requirements (above)
To ensure you are eligible and competitive for funding, it is important that you review all fund requirements before completing an application. 

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!

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.