Global Health Seed Grants

Our Global Health Seed Grant program fosters new interdisciplinary research collaborations to advance new global health research.

Fostering innovation to address complex challenges.

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, through its Global Health Seed Grants program, has fostered new interdisciplinary research collaborations to advance new global health research since 2016. Every spring, CGHSR requests proposals for annual awards up to $25,000 to catalyze innovative global health research projects. CGHSR supports projects where it is actively exploring opportunities to advance new research opportunities, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. Since inception, the Global Health Seed Grants program has supported 27 research projects to catalyze interdisciplinary research around the world.

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.

The CGHSR Seed Grant Recipients are available by year (2018, 2019) or region (Thailand, East Africa, China).

A Catalyst for Global Research Partnership

In 2016, two researchers shared the same question: what is the uptake of and barriers to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination?

Planting Seeds to Grow Global Collaborations

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Nick DesLauriers is working with Prof. Salmen, UMN Department of Family Medicine, on a project investigating how health navigation improves maternal mortality through a CGHSR seed grant.

Discover How to Apply

The Global Health Seed Grant program plants seeds to grow larger studies. Proposals are due Friday, June 5, 2020 and should be submitted via the online form.

Program inquiries can be directed to Sol Perez.

Now Accepting Applications

Proposals are due Friday, June 5, 2020 via the online form.



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 Africa, 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

Application Process

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by March 16, 2020.
  • Proposals are due Friday, June 5, 2020 and should be submitted via the online form.
  • Proposals will be selected through a competitive peer-review process.
  • Applicants will be notified of their funding by the end of June 2020.
  • Funding will be available July 2020.

Proposal Format

Proposal Format

See the full Seed Grant RFP for Proposal Format.



Questions may be directed to Sol Perez at

Other Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Interested in other funding opportunities? We have several opportunities available for both students and faculty.