Research Grant

Asia Research Collaboration Grant

Proposal Submission Deadline: currently closed for applications

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Through the generous support of University benefactors, Notre Dame International provides funding to build, sustain, and encourage academic and research collaboration (research projects, faculty and graduate student exchange, conferences, seminars, etc.) with universities in Asia. Funding is allocated for proposals that involve research collaborations with universities in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan and Taiwan. Proposals for collaborations with universities in other parts of Asia are also accepted and encouraged.

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Eligibility/Grant Requirements

Full-time regular members of the Notre Dame faculty, library faculty, and special professional faculty are eligible to apply. Notre Dame staff members leading programs relevant to the goals of increasing collaboration with institutions in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, and in other parts of Asia may also submit a proposal.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration.  The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse workplace. It strongly encourages proposal applications from female and minority faculty candidates.


Researchers have been imaginative and resourceful in continuing their international work wherever possible, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This call for proposals will focus on supporting and advancing collaborative international research in ways other than those that involve international travel.

Funding is available for a variety of collaborative opportunities but preference will be given to those that promote ongoing relationships between Notre Dame and institutions in Asia and will have a measurable impact on the local academic community or in increasing Notre Dame’s engagement in the region. This call for proposals supports advancement of collaborative international research projects and may include travel, activities conducted remotely and in the virtual domain, or a combination of travel and remote activities

PLEASE NOTE: If travel is involved, current University Travel Policy requires that all University sponsored international travel be approved by the appropriate Dean or Vice President.

The types of collaborations might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Initiating or expanding international collaborative research projects
  • Sponsoring virtual or in-person research conferences and workshops
  • Supporting educational ventures (e.g., faculty and staff exchanges, joint workshops, etc.)
  • Collaborative creative artistic projects or research in the Arts


Full details of all anticipated costs/activities must be clearly itemized. Budget justification is required.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Travel: Travel expenses associated with the international collaboration and/or conducting the proposed research. This includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodation and per diem.*
  • Personnel: ND graduate or undergraduate assistants. Student assistants must be involved in faculty research and writing in ways that contribute to the students’ intellectual formation.
  • Participant Support: Program participation incentives; modest honoraria.
  • Research Administration/Supplies: Includes costs associated with research administration (e.g., interviews, surveys, on-line collection of data), research materials, computer software (not hardware), books, manuscripts.

*PLEASE NOTE: NDI will reimburse according to the following per diem allowances:

  • 1-10 days - Up to 100% of the US State Dept. per diem for international travel
  • 11+ days- Up to 50% of the US State Dept. per diem for international travel
Ineligible Expenses
  • Clerical or secretarial help
  • The hiring of research assistants employed by and working at Asian universities will not be funded through this grant program
  • Publication costs
  • Faculty salary
  • Conference attendance costs

Individual grants will not exceed $15,000. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate other sources of funding or cost sharing which will complement the Asia Research Collaboration Grant funding. Other sources of funding may include funds dedicated to the proposed research collaboration by the international collaborators’ universities. Cost sharing must ensure that covered expenses are mutually exclusive.

Application Guidelines

To request funding from the Asia Research Collaboration Grants program, please submit a proposal to NDI’s submissions manager. As the proposal will be reviewed by a faculty committee from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, please write in clear, non-technical language.

Each proposal must include the following items with 1-5 provided in one PDF document:

  • Cover Page with project team information/including international partner(s)
  • Abstract of the proposed project (one paragraph)
  • Description of the proposed project (2 -page maximum, single spaced), including:
    • The objective of the project
    • Background, previous work and/or motivation as appropriate
    • Methodology (if relevant)
    • Outcomes e.g., research outcomes and how the project will promote collaboration between Notre Dame and institutions in Asia
    • Anticipated time schedule
  • Letter from Collaborator in Asia indicating their willingness to be involved in the project
  • Curriculum vitae: (2-page maximum, current) for each faculty member (both ND and international collaborator(s)) listed on the cover sheet as project director; if postdocs, graduate students and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, describe their qualifications
  • Budget The proposed budget is to be submitted and uploaded separately on the provided budget template.

In addition, each project director who proposes travel as part of their application is asked to submit a budget estimate of contingency costs that would arise should they, or any and all of the research travelers included in the proposal, be precluded from return travel due to a quarantine based on a positive COVID test when away from base.

Proposal Evaluation

The multi-disciplinary faculty committee will review proposals under the following criteria:

  • The potential for developing or strengthening research relationships with academic institutions in Asia
  • Potential for publication
  • Potential for further support from external sources
  • Overall quality of the proposal
  • Budgetary appropriateness

Follow-up Report

Successful applicants are required to:

  • Register their international travel and abide by all University policies regarding international travel and research
  • Submit a final report no later than one month after the end date of the award. The report should include:
    • A summary of the activities funded by the award and significant results achieved, including evidence that the project contributed to the collaboration between Notre Dame and Asia
    • Any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award
  • Submit brief updates (and pictures, if applicable) of any development related to the grant funding that is newsworthy (e.g. publication, conference, launch of new program), including any relevant feedback from collaborators in greater Asia
  • Reference the Notre Dame International Asia Research Collaboration in any relevant publications


For more information about NDI’s faculty engagement and research programs, please contact:

Geraldine Meehan
Director of Faculty Engagement
Notre Dame International
Phone:  574 631-7742

For more information about NDI’s relationship with universities in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India, please contact:

Jonathan Noble
Senior Assistant Provost for Internationalization
Notre Dame International