Global Collaboration Initiative

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Notre Dame International (NDI) announces the new cycle of the Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) for AY 2017-18. Grants between $10,000-$20,000 will be awarded to fund initiatives in international research, scholarship and collaboration with major foreign universities and research organizations. The GCI is intended to enable the establishment or continuation of programs of research, scholarship and sustained international collaboration that will make major contributions in any field of study. Awarded initiatives will contribute to the internationalization of Notre Dame by elevating the University’s visibility in the international academic and research community. The details of the program are described below.

Eligible Applicants

  • Full-time regular members of the Notre Dame faculty, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, library faculty, and special professional faculty, are eligible to apply.
  • Centers (e.g. NDnano, cSEND) are also eligible to apply provided that at least one faculty member is affiliated with the project.
  • Faculty receiving funding from the GCI Grant Program during the previous fiscal year may not apply for a new grant but may apply for a continuation of the current grant for up to two years. Under such circumstances, a revised proposal should be submitted. 


Grants of $10,000 to $20,000 total funding, with the possibility of renewal for up to two years, are available through this program.

Program Purpose

Successful proposals will demonstrate the potential to create meaningful and sustainable exchange and/or research collaborations with colleagues and students at major foreign research universities and other research institutions, and to elevate the University’s visibility in the international academic and research community. 

Program Priorities

A faculty committee will review all submitted proposals. The panel will evaluate the proposals according to the following criteria:

A.  Excellence. The proposed program of research, scholarship, and sustained collaboration must be of the highest quality. It is expected that the outcomes of this project will bring international recognition to the researcher(s) and the University. It is assumed that outcomes of the project will be significantly recognized as leading the discipline or field of study and contribute particularly to the international prominence of the University.

B.  Qualifications of Project Personnel. The committee will consider the ability of the researcher(s) to carry out the proposed project based on record and/or future promise.

C. Inter/Cross-disciplinarity.  Successful projects will reflect a range of scholarly interests and disciplines.

D. Use of Global Gateways.  Proposals involving significant use of the University’s Global Gateways in Dublin, Jerusalem, London, Rome, and Beijing are encouraged.

E.  Mission Fit. The project should reflect or strengthen the University’s Catholic character.

The faculty committee will determine whether external reviews will be sought to assist its deliberations. Ranking of proposals may be requested of appropriate Deans. The selection committee will not necessarily be bound by this ranking, pending the balance and strength of proposals. The committee will make a recommendation to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization who will make the final decision.

Proposals that involve cost-sharing will be considered. However, selection committee members will evaluate whether they believe a proposed project could be funded completely by alternative sources.

Eligible Project Requests

The following are typical costs that are eligible for support through this program. For questions regarding proposed expenditures not included here, please contact Geraldine Meehan.

  • Graduate research assistant and post doctoral fellow stipends and benefits
  • Undergraduate student support
  • Research travel for conducting the proposed effort (not for conference travel to present results)
  • Hosting visitors/participants
  • Subsidizing events related to proposed project

Ineligible Project Requests

  • Programs that do not involve collaboration with faculty/researchers outside the U.S.
  • Faculty summer salary
  • Faculty academic year course reduction
  • Projects in the final stages of completion

Grant Period

  • The grant period is one year, renewable for one year.
  • Awards will be effective on or after July 1, 2017.

Previously Funded Projects

For examples of projects that have received GCI funding, please review the information at the following links:

Acceptance Conditions

In accepting a GCI Grant award, a member of the faculty or team of faculty agrees to:

  • Conform to established practices and procedures concerning sponsored program activity.
  • Submit a final report to the Office of Notre Dame International no later than three months 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 uniquely contributed to the international reputation of Notre Dame as a preeminent research institution.
    • Any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award.

Proposal Submission

Proposal Format

Write your proposal in clear, non-technical language. The selection committee will contain a broad representation of faculty members from across the University. As the committee may or may not contain reviewers with expertise in your area, it is essential that you craft your proposal for a general audience. Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:

  1. Cover page with following information: PI Name, co-PI name(s) if appropriate, department/center/institute affiliation, phone, e-mail, proposal title, and designation as a CGI grant.
  2. Abstract of the proposed project (one paragraph).
  3. Description of the proposed project (three-page maximum).
    1. The objective of the project.
    2. Background, previous work and/or motivation as appropriate.
    3. The project approach and methods.
    4. The anticipated outcomes.
    5. The anticipated time schedule.
  4. Budget and Budget Justification
    1. Supply detailed budget identifying and explaining all anticipated expenditures.  If your proposal includes a planned conference, the budget must be discussed and reviewed with Academic Conferences. Please e-mail Lauri Roberts or call her at 631-1468.
    2. Fully justify any proposed travel
  5. Current & Pending Information
    1. List current and pending proposals to other sources for this and any other project; describe potential funder(s) contacted, approximate dates and status of request.
    2. If applicable, indicate capitalization funds available to the principal investigator and other faculty participants.
  6. Curriculum Vitae – (two-page maximum, current) for each faculty member listed on the cover sheet as an investigator. CVs for external collaborators may be included if integral to the proposal. If postdocs, graduate students and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, please describe their qualifications.
  7. Letter from Chair or Dean stating that the department and college are supportive of the proposal and have approved its impact on staffing, resources, etc.
  8. Letter from Partner Institution(s) indicating willingness and ability to participate in collaborative initiative.