Penn Global Research & Engagement Grant Program Apply for a Research Grant

**NOW ACCEPTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR RESEARCH GRANTS UNTIL 10/10**
 

On a yearly basis, Penn Global welcomes proposals from faculty and staff who seek support for their global research and engagement activities. Get started on your application by reviewing the important information below.

View the 2022-23 Call for Proposals

Things to Know Before You Apply

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Our Priorities

As part of its mission to promote global engagement in all its forms between the University of Pennsylvania community and the wider world, Penn Global manages a competitive grant program that provides resources to faculty and senior administrators to undertake a range of research, teaching, service, and other activities that focus on issues, trends or topics related to areas outside of the United States which may be national, regional, transregional or global in nature.

The grant program includes four funds:

Before you apply, all applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with our grant program priorities, in addition to our fund-specific goals (see above). You may also choose to download a copy of our grant priorities and fund-specific goals. 

Download the Priorities & Goals

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Eligibility & Minimum Requirements

We welcome all proposals seeking a Penn Global Research Grant that meet a few minimum requirements:

  1. Projects or activities supported by a Penn Global Research Grant must be led by a Penn affiliate with a long-term position at the University, normally a Penn faculty member or senior administrator. In addition, Penn Global welcomes proposals for projects that engage all members of the Penn community, including academic support staff, undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and alumni as well as external partners. In general, we expect that the awardee will be responsible for at least 50% of the total work and responsibilities involved in the project.

  2. Projects or activities must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. The Penn Global Research & Engagement Grant Program cannot support projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.

  3. Some form of matching funding or support must be provided from another Penn or external source. In general, Penn Global expects matching funds to be equal or greater to those requested from its research and engagement funds, though in rare cases exceptions may be made.

Note for Applicants Engaging China & India:

Projects supported by the China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) must also make substantial use of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. Substantial use may include holding events or working with the PWCC to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with host country institutions. Projects, or the subset of activities, supported by CREF will be subject to a 20% facilitation fee that includes many services associated with the Penn Wharton China Center.

Projects supported by the India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) are encouraged to engage the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi. Activities directly engaging the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India are subject to 10% overhead.

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Types of Support

Penn Global Research Grants support the following types of activities, among others, and Penn Global welcomes creative and innovative proposals beyond those listed below:

  • 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 requires 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. Finally, all Penn Global-supported travel must be in compliance with applicable University travel procedures, including the use of specified Penn travel portals and/or advance approval, where applicable in light of public health or other considerations.
     

  • 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 Building: Support 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 Research Grants cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. 

     

  • 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 engage a specific target community, population, or organization abroad.

    Penn Global Research Grants 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. 

     

Note about Workshops, Conferences and Other Convenings: Penn Global Research Grants also support workshops, conferences, and other convenings integral to a larger research project. Such convenings may provide a platform for the faculty member to share his or her findings with a public audience. If you are interested in seeking support for a stand-alone convening, or series of convenings, please apply for a Penn Global Convening Grant

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What We Do Not Fund

Projects primarily focused on/taking place within the United States. Projects or activities funded by a Penn Global Research Grant must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Research Grants cannot support projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.

Certain kinds of training and capacity-building projects. Penn Global Research Grants cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. However, we are open to considering supporting a discrete research project within a broader training and capacity building project. We also provide support to Penn faculty and/or teams in partnering 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.

Certain kinds of teaching and student engagement projects. 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.

Certain kinds of service learning and social entrepreneurship projects. Penn Global Research Grants 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. 

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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Term, Budget & Matching Funds

TERM
Penn Global Research Grants have historically averaged terms of 1 to 3 years; however we welcome proposals for longitudinal research and engagement beyond 3 years as a proposal's focus and scope may merit. Other exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

BUDGET
There is no minimum or maximum award amount for Penn Global Research Grants, although awards generally range between $20,000 and $150,000. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Allowable & Unallowable Costs
As you build your budget, applicants and their business administrators are strongly encouraged to review our list of allowable and unallowable costs. You will be prompted to enter your PennKey and password in order to view them.

MATCHING FUNDS
All Penn Global Research Grants will require matching funds material support to be contributed by the applicant's School, center, or department or from another Penn or external source. As a general rule, the Provost’s Office expects to match awardee-provided funds on a 1:1 basis, so that Provost’s Office funds will comprise no more than 50% of the total Project budget. However, the goal of the funds is 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.

The proposal review process will take into consideration likelihood of securing match funds as evidenced by letters of intent or other documented expressions of support. Matching funds do not have to be in-hand when proposals are submitted, but the expectation is that the matching funds will be in-hand at the time of award.

At the time of award, matching funds contributed by the Awardee must be confirmed with the Penn Global Business Office prior to any Provost Office funds being provided. It is expected that the awardee will meet their annual match commitment each year, or they may jeopardize future years’ Provost funding.

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What We Look For in Applications

Penn Global looks for projects that enhance Penn’s engagement with one or more countries or regions outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Projects must primarily take place outside the United States and be focused on issues that are not primarily focused on the United States.

Success can be measured by a variety of criteria; there is no “one-size-fits-all” model. But in general, benchmarks for success can be measured by research and academic outputs (e.g., scholarly publications, presentations, events), equitable engagement with new partners, creation and development of new courses at Penn or educational opportunities for Penn students, ability to attract school/center and external funding, media coverage, and research or policy impact.

Penn Global welcomes all proposals that meet its minimum criteria, but proposals that feature the following will receive preferential consideration:

  1. Led by facultyand/or senior administrators* from two or more Penn Schools and/or centers, and/or involve faculty members, students, researchers, or other collaborators from two or more distinct disciplinary fields, including the natural and applied sciences; the social sciences; the humanities; and clinical or professional training;

  2. Involve tenure-track but currently untenured faculty;

  3. Build strong and equitable partnerships between Penn and collaborating institutions, organizations or communities abroad; and

  4. Include a clear plan for obtaining matching funds equal to or greater than the amount requested from a Penn Global fund.

In addition, for the Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund, preferential consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address or relate to sub-Saharan Africa and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Our Priorities

As part of its mission to promote global engagement in all its forms between the University of Pennsylvania community and the wider world, Penn Global manages a competitive grant program that provides resources to faculty and senior administrators to undertake a range of research, teaching, service, and other activities that focus on issues, trends or topics related to areas outside of the United States which may be national, regional, transregional or global in nature.

The grant program includes four funds:

Before you apply, all applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with our grant program priorities, in addition to our fund-specific goals (see above). You may also choose to download a copy of our grant priorities and fund-specific goals. 

Download the Priorities & Goals

check_circle_outline

Eligibility & Minimum Requirements

We welcome all proposals seeking a Penn Global Research Grant that meet a few minimum requirements:

  1. Projects or activities supported by a Penn Global Research Grant must be led by a Penn affiliate with a long-term position at the University, normally a Penn faculty member or senior administrator. In addition, Penn Global welcomes proposals for projects that engage all members of the Penn community, including academic support staff, undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and alumni as well as external partners. In general, we expect that the awardee will be responsible for at least 50% of the total work and responsibilities involved in the project.

  2. Projects or activities must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. The Penn Global Research & Engagement Grant Program cannot support projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.

  3. Some form of matching funding or support must be provided from another Penn or external source. In general, Penn Global expects matching funds to be equal or greater to those requested from its research and engagement funds, though in rare cases exceptions may be made.

Note for Applicants Engaging China & India:

Projects supported by the China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) must also make substantial use of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. Substantial use may include holding events or working with the PWCC to identify and explore potential partnerships and collaborations with host country institutions. Projects, or the subset of activities, supported by CREF will be subject to a 20% facilitation fee that includes many services associated with the Penn Wharton China Center.

Projects supported by the India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) are encouraged to engage the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi. Activities directly engaging the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India are subject to 10% overhead.

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Types of Support

Penn Global Research Grants support the following types of activities, among others, and Penn Global welcomes creative and innovative proposals beyond those listed below:

  • 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 requires 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. Finally, all Penn Global-supported travel must be in compliance with applicable University travel procedures, including the use of specified Penn travel portals and/or advance approval, where applicable in light of public health or other considerations.
     

  • 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 Building: Support 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 Research Grants cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. 

     

  • 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 engage a specific target community, population, or organization abroad.

    Penn Global Research Grants 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. 

     

Note about Workshops, Conferences and Other Convenings: Penn Global Research Grants also support workshops, conferences, and other convenings integral to a larger research project. Such convenings may provide a platform for the faculty member to share his or her findings with a public audience. If you are interested in seeking support for a stand-alone convening, or series of convenings, please apply for a Penn Global Convening Grant

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What We Do Not Fund

Projects primarily focused on/taking place within the United States. Projects or activities funded by a Penn Global Research Grant must advance the study, teaching, and/or engagement of one or more countries outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Penn Global Research Grants cannot support projects that primarily take place within or are focused on the United States.

Certain kinds of training and capacity-building projects. Penn Global Research Grants cannot support training or capacity building projects that are open-ended and/or do not involve a direct connection to ongoing research or teaching. However, we are open to considering supporting a discrete research project within a broader training and capacity building project. We also provide support to Penn faculty and/or teams in partnering 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.

Certain kinds of teaching and student engagement projects. 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.

Certain kinds of service learning and social entrepreneurship projects. Penn Global Research Grants 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. 

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.

price_check

Term, Budget & Matching Funds

TERM
Penn Global Research Grants have historically averaged terms of 1 to 3 years; however we welcome proposals for longitudinal research and engagement beyond 3 years as a proposal's focus and scope may merit. Other exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

BUDGET
There is no minimum or maximum award amount for Penn Global Research Grants, although awards generally range between $20,000 and $150,000. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Allowable & Unallowable Costs
As you build your budget, applicants and their business administrators are strongly encouraged to review our list of allowable and unallowable costs. You will be prompted to enter your PennKey and password in order to view them.

MATCHING FUNDS
All Penn Global Research Grants will require matching funds material support to be contributed by the applicant's School, center, or department or from another Penn or external source. As a general rule, the Provost’s Office expects to match awardee-provided funds on a 1:1 basis, so that Provost’s Office funds will comprise no more than 50% of the total Project budget. However, the goal of the funds is 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.

The proposal review process will take into consideration likelihood of securing match funds as evidenced by letters of intent or other documented expressions of support. Matching funds do not have to be in-hand when proposals are submitted, but the expectation is that the matching funds will be in-hand at the time of award.

At the time of award, matching funds contributed by the Awardee must be confirmed with the Penn Global Business Office prior to any Provost Office funds being provided. It is expected that the awardee will meet their annual match commitment each year, or they may jeopardize future years’ Provost funding.

find_in_page

What We Look For in Applications

Penn Global looks for projects that enhance Penn’s engagement with one or more countries or regions outside the United States or issues, trends, topics, or challenges that are of global importance. Projects must primarily take place outside the United States and be focused on issues that are not primarily focused on the United States.

Success can be measured by a variety of criteria; there is no “one-size-fits-all” model. But in general, benchmarks for success can be measured by research and academic outputs (e.g., scholarly publications, presentations, events), equitable engagement with new partners, creation and development of new courses at Penn or educational opportunities for Penn students, ability to attract school/center and external funding, media coverage, and research or policy impact.

Penn Global welcomes all proposals that meet its minimum criteria, but proposals that feature the following will receive preferential consideration:

  1. Led by facultyand/or senior administrators* from two or more Penn Schools and/or centers, and/or involve faculty members, students, researchers, or other collaborators from two or more distinct disciplinary fields, including the natural and applied sciences; the social sciences; the humanities; and clinical or professional training;

  2. Involve tenure-track but currently untenured faculty;

  3. Build strong and equitable partnerships between Penn and collaborating institutions, organizations or communities abroad; and

  4. Include a clear plan for obtaining matching funds equal to or greater than the amount requested from a Penn Global fund.

In addition, for the Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund, preferential consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address or relate to sub-Saharan Africa and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Application Process

Application Process workflow

The application process for a Penn Global Research Grant consists of two steps: (1) submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), and if invited, (2) submit a full proposal. Additional information regarding each step of the process is provided below. 

Apply for a Penn Global Research Grant

For the 2022-23 application cycle, Penn Global is accepting Expressions of Interest for Research Grants from Monday, August 15, 2022 to Monday, October 10, 2022.

APPLY TODAY
 

Information Sessions

Interested in applying and want to get a head start on your application? Interested in learning more about the Penn Global Research and Engagement Grant Program? Sign up for one of our upcoming information sessions:

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Virtual)
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