Penn China Research and Engagement Fund

Review Process

CREF accepts proposals for any project or activity that meets its basic requirements:

  • Projects or activities funded by CREF must be led by a Penn faculty member or senior administrator;
  • Projects or activities funded by CREF must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of China;
  • Some form of matching funding or support must be provided from another Penn or external source.

Beyond these requirements, proposals and expressions of interest are evaluated on the basis of five main criteria:

  • Involvement of participants from multiple disciplines;
  • Potential to build durable partnerships between schools and centers at Penn as well as between Penn and external entities;
  • Potential to enhance the study, teaching, and engagement of China at Penn;
  • Relevance to policymakers, business leaders, and other external constituencies;
  • Availability and commitment of matching sources of funding and support.

In addition to proposals that involve multiple Penn community members, Penn Global welcomes proposals that support or enhance projects, activities, or partnerships between centers within the University.

Beginning in 2019, CREF will prioritize proposals that involve researchers, practitioners, and external partners from multiple disciplines; help raise Penn’s profile, visibility, and impact with respect to the study, teaching, and engagement of China; and convene both China and non-China specialists to examine issues or questions of significance to China and the world at large.

All proposals submitted to the Penn CREF will be reviewed by members of the Provost’s Office and Penn Wharton China Center teams, in conjunction with members of a standing committee of peer reviewers drawn from the University community.

After considering the proposal and feedback from reviewers, members from the Provost’s Office and the Penn Wharton China Center will make recommendations regarding the dispersal of funds from the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund.

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Fund Requirements

Interested applicants should review the overview of the funding priorities, eligibility, and criteria of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (Penn CREF). 

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Application Process & Materials

Interested applicants should submit a brief, 500-word-maximum statement of interest that 1) describes the objectives and key components of the proposed project or activity; 2) outlines how it contributes to research, teaching, or policy engagement with respect to China; and 3) briefly states how the proposed project or activity meets the CREF evaluation criteria described below. Short-listed submissions will be invited to develop a full proposal in consultation with Penn Global.

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Points of Contact

Have questions?  Please direct your question to the relevant point of contact.  

Contact Information 

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General Fund Information

Learn about the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, meet past recipients, and participate in the annual Penn China Research Symposium. 

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Fund Requirements

Interested applicants should review the overview of the funding priorities, eligibility, and criteria of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (Penn CREF). 

Learn More

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Application Process & Materials

Interested applicants should submit a brief, 500-word-maximum statement of interest that 1) describes the objectives and key components of the proposed project or activity; 2) outlines how it contributes to research, teaching, or policy engagement with respect to China; and 3) briefly states how the proposed project or activity meets the CREF evaluation criteria described below. Short-listed submissions will be invited to develop a full proposal in consultation with Penn Global.

contact_mail

Points of Contact

Have questions?  Please direct your question to the relevant point of contact.  

Contact Information 

info

General Fund Information

Learn about the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, meet past recipients, and participate in the annual Penn China Research Symposium. 

Learn More