Global Health Seed Grants

CGHSR Global Health Seed Grants foster new interdisciplinary research collaborations to advance new global health research.

Purpose

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) at the University of Minnesota requests proposals for new international health research projects in locations where the AHC maintains hubs of innovation or is actively exploring opportunities to advance new research and educational opportunities: East Africa, China, Southeast Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. 

The goals of these seed grants are to:

  • Seed new global health research studies by UMN faculty that have potential to attract future funding from external sources;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary research;
  • Support new partnerships between UMN faculty and global institutions;
  • Create a mechanism to involve students in faculty-led international research studies.

Additional goals for COMOS Seed Grants

In partnership with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS), CGHSR requests proposals for a special subset of seed grants referred to as Consortium on One Medicine One Science (COMOS) Seed Grants. In addition to the goals described above, COMOS Seed Grants will prioritize projects that:

  • Address complex systems or problems that require a strong interdisciplinary component besides Health Science;
  • Contribute to build international  networks (including individuals and institutions)
  • Use, or explore the use of best practices in health data governance  
  • Include a component of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) or economic or financial analysis of a health-related issue

If the research team believes that the project fits the requirements of the COMOS sub-call, indicate so in the body of the proposal, complete this brief questionnaire, and attach a copy to the proposal. 

Eligibility

Grants are available to Instructors and Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors at the University of Minnesota from within and beyond the Academic Health Center. Prior global health research experience is not required. Each application may have a single UMN PI or a team of two co-PIs consisting of a UMN faculty member and an international expert. In the case of a single UMN PI, there must be at least one international co-investigator. Each faculty member may submit only one application as a PI. However, there is no limit to the number of applications on which a faculty member could participate as a co-investigator.

Required elements of the proposal:

  • Health research activities that take place in East Africa, Southeast Asia, or Latin America/Caribbean
  • Include interdisciplinary investigators

Preference is given to proposals that include:

  • PI and co-investigators with diverse expertise from a variety of health science disciplines
  • Investigators who are new to research or partnerships in region of application
  • A health issue of known relevance in the region of study
  • Preliminary data gathering for larger, long-term studies
  • UMN and/or host-country student(s) in research activities (student travel allowable, but not required).

Application process

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by March 15
  • Proposal due April 8, 2019 to globalhc@umn.edu
  • Proposals will be selected through a competitive peer review process
  • Applicants will be notified of their funding by the end of May 2019
  • Funding will be available June 2019

Proposal Format

See the full Seed Grant RFP for Proposal Format.

Questions

Questions may be directed to Sol Perez at mperezag@umn.edu.

Past CGHSR Seed Grant Recipients

CGHSR has previously awarded seed grants for new global health research in: 

Seed Grants: A catalyst for global research partnership

AHC Seed Grants in Uganda: A catalyst for global research partnership

Planting Seeds to Grow Global Collaborations

Faculty Travel Awards

Faculty Travel Awards for AHC faculty foster and encourage new interdisciplinary international global health research and training/capacity-building collaborations with in-country collaborators.

Student Spotlight: Work on Mfangano Island

Nick DesLauriers, a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, is working with Charles (Chas) Salmen, UMN Department of Family Medicine assistant professor, on a project investigating how health navigation improves maternal mortality, funded by a CGHSR seed grant. Learn more