Greater China Collaboration Grants

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Through the generous support of University benefactors, Notre Dame International is providing funding to build, sustain, and encourage academic and research collaboration (research projects, faculty and graduate student exchange, conferences, seminars, etc.) with select universities in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Preference will be given to proposals that involve the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Yuan Ze University (Taiwan), Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Zhejiang University. However, proposals for cooperation with other universities in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong will also be considered.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and projects will be offered administrative and logistical support through the Beijing Global Gateway and/or the Hong Kong Global Center. Following the Beijing Global Gateway’s expansion, a seminar room (maximum seating capacity of forty) is available for faculty to present lectures, workshops, or seminars. A high-speed dedicated Internet connection between the University of Notre Dame campus and the Beijing Global Gateway will also be available as part of the Beijing Global Gateway’s expansion. Faculty are encouraged to utilize the Beijing Global Gateway’s seminar room and/or dedicated Internet connection as part of their proposed academic cooperation or program.

This grant program supports the University’s broader strategy to promote academic cooperation in the greater China region by building upon existing partnerships and creating new opportunities for research scholarly exchange.

2017-18 faculty whose projects received Greater China Collboration grants can be found here.

Eligibility/Grant Requirements

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


Funding is available for a variety of collaborations, but preference will be given to those that promote ongoing relationships between Notre Dame and greater China and will have a measurable impact both on the local academic community and in increasing Notre Dame’s engagement in the region. The types of collaborations might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Initiating collaborative research projects (travel, research costs, etc.)
  • Sponsoring or attending research conferences and workshops hosted in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan
  • Sponsoring educational ventures (faculty and staff exchanges, workshops, etc.)
  • Notre Dame graduate research assistant and postdoctoral fellow stipends and benefits (graduate and undergraduate student assistants must be involved in the faculty fellow’s collaborative research and writing in ways that contribute to the student’s intellectual formation)

Individual grants will not normally exceed $10,000, although large team-based proposals may request up to $20,000. The Grants Review Committee will consider proposals for any amount up to these figures. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate other sources of funding or cost sharing which will complement the China Collaboration Grant funding.

Awards will not support clerical or secretarial help. Awards may support expenses incurred only at Notre Dame or by Notre Dame faculty and staff (e.g. hiring of research assistants employed by and working at Chinese universities will generally not be funded through the Notre Dame grant program).

Application Guidelines

To request funding from the China Collaboration Grants program, please submit a proposal written in clear, non-technical language to Notre Dame International's submissions manager. Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:

  • Proposal title, project director (PD) name, department/center/institute affiliation, phone, email, co-PD name(s) if appropriate.
  • Abstract of the proposed project (one paragraph)
  • Description of the proposed project (three-page maximum, single spaced), including:
    • The objective of the project
    • Background, previous work and/or motivation as appropriate
    • Project approach and methods
    • Anticipated outcomes, including how the project will promote collaboration between Notre Dame and institutions in Greater China
    • Anticipated time schedule
  • Budget and budget justification: supply detailed budget identifying and explaining all anticipated expenditures
    • Fully justify any proposed travel
    • Description of other funds secured or applied for
  • Letter from department chair or dean stating that the department or college is supportive of the proposal and has approved its impact on staffing, resources, etc.
  • Letter from collaborator (located in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan) indicating their willingness and ability to participate in the proposed collaborative initiative
  • Curriculum vitae: (2-page maximum, current) for each faculty member 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

Criteria for evaluating proposals

A faculty-led review committee will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

  • Quality of the proposal, including its potential for new or sustainable collaboration between Notre Dame and greater China, on research, and/or on the education and training of students
  • Potential for academic publication
  • Reach: breadth and depth of impact of the proposed project
  • Consistency with Notre Dame strategic goals and mission
  • Budgetary appropriateness

Follow-up Report

  • Successful applicants are required to 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 greater China
    • 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. conference, launch of new program), including any relevant feedback from collaborators in greater China
  • Reference the Notre Dame International Greater China Collaboration Grant, and the Beijing Global Gateway and Hong Kong Global Center, as applicable, in any relevant publications


For more information about NDI’s faculty engagement and research programs, please contact Warren von Eschenbach, Associate Vice President and Assistant Provost for Internationalization.

For more information about NDI’s relationship with universities in greater China and the facilities and logistical support provided by the Beijing Global Gateway and the Hong Kong Global Center, please contact Jonathan Noble, Assistant Provost for Asia and Director, Beijing Global Gateway.