Faculty Travel Awards
We encourage international collaboration by providing the means for UMN faculty to connect in-person with partners on global health issues around the world.
Our Faculty Travel Award program for health sciences faculty aims to encourage international collaboration to further University of Minnesota global health research and training and capacity-building collaborations.
Every spring and fall, CGHSR requests proposals for travel awards up to $2,000 to travel to an international site for exploration of potential collaboration on a global health topic or to bring a colleague to campus from any country for exploration of potential collaboration on a global health topic. Three awards are anticipated for each funding cycle in the spring and fall. Allowable expenses include airfare, visas, accommodation, ground transportation, and per diem.
Global Health Collaboration Around the World
Our Faculty Travel Awards foster international collaborations and exchange at the University of Minnesota.
2019 Faculty Travel Awards
Fall 2019 Faculty Travel Awardees
Eunice Areba, Clinical Assistant Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing, UMN Twin Cities
As part of her research activities in Kenya, Dr. Areba will be working closely with and visit the in-country partners from the University of Nairobi, Craig Paris at the Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA) and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK). In this initial phase of the project, they are focused on a prevention science program of research. Specifically, on the discovery, relationship building, and gathering preliminary data necessary to eventually inform an intervention framework. This work will allow the development of the next phases of the project, which aim to develop a behavioral intervention that addresses the safety and inclusion of those most marginalized in the LGBTQ+ community, acknowledging the socio-cultural factors at the intersection of refugee status and sexual orientation/gender identities and will explore these in the context of community-based violence prevention.
Zobeida Bonilla, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, UMN Twin Cities
In May 2018, the Maternal and Child Health Program of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (EpiCH) at the SPH-UMN and Batey Relief Alliance (BRA), a NGO in the Dominican Republic working primarily in the bateyes, signed a five-year agreement to establish a collaboration in the following areas: student training, mutual capacity building, and academic exchanges. This collaboration aims to establish an applied practice experience in Maternal and Child Health within the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health for MPH students who will participate in public health activities in the Dominican Republic that support BRA’s mission, and to provide technical assistance to BRA’s Women Empowerment Program through the establishment of ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation activities. For the past 20 years, BRA helped deliver comprehensive health services and essential medicines to more than 120,000 people who are at high risk of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cholera, tuberculosis, diabetes, and malnutrition in the Dominican Republic. Batey Relief Alliance has a strong history and trajectory working with vulnerable communities, and especially working with the bateyes and rural areas in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican-Haitian border, for which it has developed over 20 projects in the areas of health, education, capacity building, and community development.
Zachary Kaltenborn, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School
Dr. Kaltenborn will travel to Soddo and Adama, Ethiopia to network with local collaborators and to assess the progress of an ongoing rheumatic heart disease screening program based out of the Soddo Christian Hospital. Rheumatic heart disease is the leading cause of cardiovascular death among children and young adults globally. Early identification and initiation of secondary prophylaxis with penicillin help prevent the progression of the disease. The primary purpose of this visit is to formally establish their research team focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive rheumatic heart disease screening program in Adama, Ethiopia, to attend a week-long school-based rheumatic heart disease screening session in Soddo, Ethiopia; and to build expertise in the use of handheld ultrasounds for the purpose of screening for rheumatic heart disease, collect preliminary data which will inform future directions for this project, and strengthen the academic and educational relationship between the Adama Hospital Medical College and the University of Minnesota.
Spring 2019 Faculty Travel Awardees
Carrie Neerland, Assistant Professor, Center for Child and Family Health Cooperative, School of Nursing, UMN Twin Cities
In collaboration with five other collaborating faculty from Public Health School, Medical School at Duluth and Minneapolis campus, she will host Elizabeth Ayebare, who is a nurse and midwifery researcher and educator. Elizabeth is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Nursing at Makerere University, College of Health Science, in Kampala, Uganda, where she participates in teaching and course coordination. She completed the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship, an international program connecting US and African universities, where she gained valuable knowledge and experience in collaboration, implementation, and program evaluation. The goals of this visit are to explore research collaboration regarding care practices in labor and childbirth, training and skills development in maternal and newborn health care. In addition, there are areas for educational opportunities and student involvement in the future including research and continued study abroad experiences.
Jose Debes, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, School of Medicine, UMN Twin Cities
To visit Addis Ababa University-Black Lion Hospital (AAU) in Ethiopia. The goals of this visit are to discuss new studies to understand early-onset colon cancer in the region, based on the concerns rised up by the collaborators at AAU about the high incidence of colon cancer. The studies which would include staining of biopsies for genetic mutations, and visit a new partner site in Harar (Hiwot Fana Hospital), which is where a significant portion of patients both with liver and colon cancer are sent from.
Raymond Christensen, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health, Medical School, UMN Duluth
To visit Kampala and Tororo, Uganda. Raymond is currently working on establishing a bilateral student exchange between the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus and the Makerere University School of Medicine. The goal of the program is to establish a sustainable, ethical, skill-appropriate global health experience for University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus students to participate in between their first and second year of medical school. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Innocent Besigye and Dr. Josh Rhein on developing the curriculum and activities for this exchange, which will include not only clinical observation, but also exposure to research, and visits to local NGOs and specialty clinics to provide students a broader view of health and health care in Uganda.
2018 Faculty Travel Awards
2018 Faculty Travel Awards
Keith Horvath, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
To host Dr. Jane Wanyama, who has worked with the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) the largest HIV care provider in Uganda for the last fourteen years, whose mission is to strengthen health systems in Africa with strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research and capacity development, to visit Minnesota to forge closer research collaborations and to contribute to an NIH grant proposal.
Jennifer Rickard, Assistant Professor, Division of Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Department of Surgery, Medical School
To continue and expand research partnership with collaborators from the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali, Rwanda assessing the microbiology and antibiotic resistance patterns in surgical patients, while strengthening mentoring activities.
Kelly Searle, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
To explore various sites in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in order to establish a new collaboration between the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Catholic University of Mozambique. The specific collaboration will be with the Catholic University of Mozambique in Chimoio, Manica Province. This will also leverage a current collaboration with the Central and Southern Africa International Center for Malaria Research (ICEMR) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
2017 Faculty Travel Awards
Andres Perez, Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
To host Dr. Tongkorn Meeyam, Director, Veterinary Public Health Centre for Asia Pacific, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand to visit the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota to contribute to a grant proposal on capacity building of veterinary services at a global scale.
Jameel Winter, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School
To continue and expand research and clinical partnerships with The Lake Clinic and Chenla Children's Hospital, Cambodia and explore the impact changing environment and ecosystem are having on child health.
Keith Horvath, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
To explore potential collaboration in using current and emerging technologies to address HIV health outcomes with The Medical Concierge Group and the Infectious Disease Institute, Uganda.
Charles Salmen, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School
To host Joel Magioki Oguta, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, OHR-Ekialo Kiona Center, Kenya, to visit the University of Minnesota and explore interdisciplinary collaboration to advance research for health, food security, and climate change resilience.
Olihe Okoro, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy-Duluth
To host Tom Ngabirano, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda to visit the University of Minnesota to explore collaboration in multidisciplinary approaches to HIV and chronic disease prevention (including mental health), treatment and management.
2016 Faculty Travel Awards
Mustafa al'Absi, Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Family Medicine, Medical School-Duluth
To explore establishing a multi-pronged collaboration for research and training related to mental health and substance use, together with colleagues from Chiang Mai University, the Thai Ministry of Health, and the Munich (Germany) Mental Health Institute.
Gavin Bart, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical School
To assess needs and collaborative potential for capacity-building and research with the newly established, SAMSHA-funded Chiang Mai University South East Asia HIV and Addiction Technology Transfer Center.
Carolyn Porta, Associate Professor, Population Health & Systems, School of Nursing
To explore mixed-methods research avenues regarding young adult perceptions of climate/environment and physical/emotional health to inform a multi-level intervention, together with colleagues in Nursing and Economics at CMU. A secondary goal is to pursue broader SoN collaborations with institutions in Thailand as part of the AHC Thailand Hub.
Alan R. Lifson, Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
To explore potential areas for endemic infectious disease research with colleagues in Medicine, Microbiology, and Public Health at Mbarara University.
Melissa Saftner, Clinical Associate Professor, Child Family Health Co-Op, School of Nursing-Duluth/Twin Cities
To pursue research on risk behaviors among adolescents living in four Uganda rural fishing communities to inform future interventions, together with Makerere colleagues in Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. A secondary goal is to build SoN collaborative relationships for training and research opportunities.
Srinand Sreevatsan, Professor, Veterinary and Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
To pursue an inter-institutional study on zoonotic tuberculosis and the human-animal interface in rural Uganda with colleagues in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, and Public Health from Mbarara and Makerere Universities and the University of Minnesota. This research agenda builds on a Grand Challenges grant.
Maria Kroupina, Associate Professor, Division of Global Pediatrics, Medical School
To plan joint research and training activities that aim to improve early childhood mental health and brain development through interventions with children and families. Learn more about this work.
Discover How to Apply
The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to encourage international collaboration by supporting travel expenses with the purpose to further University of Minnesota global health research and training and capacity-building collaborations.
Funds can be used to cover travel expenses for University of Minnesota health sciences faculty members:
- to travel to an international site for exploration of potential collaboration on a global health topic of the faculty member’s choosing; or
- to bring a colleague to campus from any country for exploration of potential collaboration on a global health topic of the faculty member’s choosing.
Maximum allowable amount is $2,000. Three awards are anticipated for each funding cycle (one in spring; one in fall). Allowable expenses include airfare, visas, accommodation, ground transportation, and per diem.The award will likely not cover all travel expenses. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate some financial commitment from their department or another source.
Funds will not be awarded to support conference attendance, unless the conference is part of a broader agenda of travel that includes goals that build toward collaborative research or training/capacity-building. Awards will also not be awarded to fund student travel. Please see our CGHSR Scholars Program for more information on student opportunities.
All University of Minnesota health sciences faculty are eligible to apply.
Priority Funding Areas
Priority Funding Areas
- Applicants who demonstrate impact of proposed activities and connection to long-term goals
- Applicants who have never traveled to destination or brought the same colleague to the U of M campus for related work purposes
- Applicants who have cultivated preliminary professional relationships associated with proposed activities
- Applicants whose goals may not be realized without visiting the country or bringing a key colleague to the U of M campus
- Proposals that include an interdisciplinary component
Recipients will submit a report on their activities and future plans for continued collaboration within 60 days of completing travel. Recipients are encouraged to work with CGHSR staff to implement future collaborative efforts.
Applications will be collected in the Fall of 2020.
The application requires the following information:
- Name, faculty rank, department, health sciences school/college of the applicant faculty member;
- If you are applying to bring an international collaborator to campus: a brief bio of that individual, including name, faculty rank, institution and department/unit, and other helpful information related to their background/area of expertise and the potential collaboration;
- Three documents to be uploaded:
- PI's biosketch (pdf)
- International collaborator's biosketch (pdf)
- Proposal in a single document (pdf) that includes the following details:
- Travel plans for yourself or visiting colleague (include cities/regions and expected dates of travel/visit);
- Purpose of travel/visit:
- If for yourself: institutions you will visit and/or individuals you plan to meet
- If for a visiting international colleague: U of M units/individuals and partner organizations your visiting colleague will visit;
- Describe how the travel/visit will serve to advance your collaborative research or training/capacity-building goals;
- Travel budget: Applicants should share the total travel budget, including other funding sources and itemizing the costs to be covered by the travel award.