Notre Dame International Announces New Faculty Funding Opportunity: Global Collaboration Initiative Grant for 2014-15

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Global Collaboration Initiative

The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization, Notre Dame International (NDI), is pleased to announce the Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) for AY2014-15. Under the auspices of the GCI, several 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 through international cooperation the establishment or continuation of programs of research, scholarship and sustained collaboration that will make major contributions in any field of study. These initiatives should contribute to increasing 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 in this announcement.


Grants of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 total funding, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, are available through this program. The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization expects to make up to five awards under this program for AY2014-15.



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.



Projects will be reviewed by a panel of senior scholars chosen from the faculty. 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 London, Dublin, Rome, Tantur and Beijing are encouraged.

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

Catholic character.

The panel will determine whether external reviews will be sought to assist its deliberations. Ranking of proposals may be requested of appropriate Deans. The selection panel will not necessarily be bound by this ranking, pending the balance and strength of proposals. The panel 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, the review panel members will use as a criterion whether they believe a proposed project could be funded completely by alternative sources.



  • 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 three years.



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 (, 1-7742.

  • 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



  • Programs focused on the work of a single faculty member
  • Faculty Summer salary
  • Faculty academic year course reduction
  • Projects in the final stages of completion
  • Ongoing research projects funded by another sponsor



  • The grant period is one year, renewable for up to three years.
  • Awards will be effective on or after July 1, 2014 at the discretion of the Principal Investigator.



Examples of projects that might be proposed include the following. (These examples are for illustrative purposes only. Many other similar types of projects are encouraged.)

  • An annual summer symposium/workshop among several institutions (e.g. Munich, Cambridge and Notre Dame) bringing together leading scholars and graduate students to discuss specified topics.
  • A multi-year conference series at one of the Global Gateways or other international site that allows important exploration of an issue from many ethnic, cultural, or religious perspectives.
  • A research program that supports visits to archives and sites that would otherwise not be possible and would open new comparative study opportunities for international collaboration.
  • Collaborative research with distinguished scholars at other international universities or with creative performers in professional activity with international partners.
  • Establishment of an International Summer School or Summer Research Internships for graduate students.



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.



  • The deadline for submission of all GCI Grant proposals is October 1, 2013. 
  • Preferred submission format is as a single PDF document with naming convention of principal investigator_GCI_proposal_2014. For example: Investigator_GCI_proposal_2014.
  • Completed proposals and all accompanying documents, as well as any questions concerning the process, should be sent to Geraldine Meehan (, 1-7742. 



Write your proposal in clear, non-technical language. The review panel 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, Email, Proposal Title, and designation as a CGI Grant.
  2. Abstract of the proposed project (one paragraph).
  3. Description of the proposed project (3 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.
    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 – (2 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 post docs, graduate students and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, 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.