Seed Grants: Research in Guangxi, China

Guangxi, China

The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) signed an Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange with the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Guangxi CDC) in March 2015. Built on previous collaborations Dr. Brooks Jackson has with Guangxi CDC in HIV/AIDS research, the AHC and the Guangxi CDC are broadening the scope of collaboration and areas of research.

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These seed grants foster new research collaborations as part of the ongoing partnership between AHC and Guangxi CDC in Nanning, China.

2018 Seed Grant Details


The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) of the University of Minnesota and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Guangxi CDC) in Nanning, China request proposals for new research projects based in Guangxi, China, where the Academic Health Center (AHC) maintains a partnership to advance new research and educational opportunities.

The goals of these seed grants are to:

  • Seed new research studies by UMN faculty from the health sciences that have strong potential to attract future federal and national funding in the US and China and will result in publication;
  • Support partnerships between UMN faculty and Guangxi CDC researchers.


Grants are available to teams of two co-Principal Investigators (co-PIs): one Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the UMN AHC, and one researcher at Guangxi CDC or partner institution. Prior global health research experience is not required. Each application must have a team of two co-PIs. UMN faculty should contact Eric Chu ( to connect with a Guangxi co-PI recommended by Guangxi CDC leadership based on complementary expertise and research goals between researcher teams. 

Each researcher may submit only one application as co-PI. However, there is no limit to the number of applications on which a researcher could participate as a co-investigator. Co-investigator(s) may be researchers from outside of the AHC or from partner institutions of Guangxi CDC.

Required elements of the proposal:

  • Research activities that take place in Guangxi, China
  • New research activities should be in one of the following areas:
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Climate Change and Health
  • Research activities must be completed within one year (including a manuscript submitted) from the start date of the grant

Note: UMN student involvement is encouraged. However, a student must have at least an intermediate-high command of Mandarin Chinese to conduct field work in Guangxi. The absence of student involvement will not negatively impact an application.

Application Process

Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by February 28, 2018. Funding will be available March 2018

Proposal Format

Please refer to the complete Request for Proposals.


Contact CGHSR Research Program Coordinator (Eric Chu,, Skype/WebEx appointments available) based in Nanning with questions or to connect with a Guangxi researcher/potential co-PI.