Global Engagement Grants

Our Global Engagement Grants offer funding for innovative projects by faculty, researchers, and students that blend work in research, education, and capacity-building.

Through these grants, CGHSR supports creative, novel approaches to global engagement through funding designed to advance sustainable, equitable health globally. Global Engagement Grants also provide an opportunity to collaborate around specific CGHSR focus areas and with others who share our priorities. 

 


 

Open Call Global Engagement Grants

Open Call Global Engagement Grants are available to UMN faculty, P&A staff, and graduate students to support small projects or pilot efforts. These small grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 will support work including seed funding, pilot projects, or capacity-building activities such as educational programs, curriculum development, or technical training.

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Open Call Global Engagement Grants are designed to offer funding for innovative projects that do not necessarily fall into a single category of research, education or capacity-building. Applications open in the fall.

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Eligibility

Current faculty, academic staff, masters, medical, and doctoral degree students from academic units throughout the University of Minnesota system are eligible. Grant proposals should clearly demonstrate how the project will advance known needs in communities both locally and globally.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Interdisciplinary nature of the proposed project or research plan and the ways in which it contributes to the advancement local and global needs
  • Where appropriate, evidence of partnership with community organizations
  • Intellectual merit, cohesiveness, and feasibility of the project proposal or research plan and the clarity with which it is conveyed to a non-specialist
  • Soundness of the budget request
  • For graduate student applicants: Academic record and strength of faculty advisor letter of support
  • Alignment with CGHSR values, which include mutual partnership, equity, sustainability, interprofessional engagement, and relevance to partners

CGHSR will give additional consideration to proposals that align with existing and emerging portfolios, including Global Women’s Health, Human Health and Migration, Global Health Ethics, and Climate Change/Environmental Health. 

Application Process

The application for 2022-2023 Global Engagement Grants is now closed. The information below details the process from 2022 for reference. 

Applications for Global Engagement Grants will be accepted until October 31, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT. Grant applications must be submitted through the Google form application, also available at z.umn.edu/GEGs2022. See a preview of the full application here

Please review the Request For Proposals (RFP) document for details on 2022-2023 Open Call Global Engagement Grant application requirements. Applications will include the following components:

Project Proposal: The project proposal section of the application form describes the scholarly or research interest of the project and includes:

  • Project title
  • Objectives and expected outcomes of the project (150 words max)
  • Justification of known need (500 words max)
  • Outline of proposed activities clearly demonstrating the intellectual merit, interdisciplinary nature (300 words max)
  • Likely impact of the project on needs in the community you are hoping to support (300 words max)
  • Description of how you intend to measure impact (300 words max)
  • Methods (500 words max)
  • Duration of the project
  • Acknowledgement that you will apply or have applied for the University’s Institutional Research Board (IRB) approval for proposed activities (if required)

Supplemental Documents: The components listed below are submitted via the application form as well.

Required:

  • Budget proposal
  • For graduate student applicants:
    • ​​​​​Academic transcript
    • Letter of support from academic advisor

Optional:

  • Biosketch of the principle investigator
  • Letter of support from project partner

Grant Requirements

Release of funds is contingent upon appropriate Institutional Research Board approval (if required) and necessary approval(s) from community partners. Grant recipients must submit a report consisting of a description of funded scholarly and/or creative activities and a brief account of how the grant funds were spent, along with a list of other support received. A final report template will be provided. Reports should be submitted within two months of the end of the funded activity. We also request photos taken during the activities be submitted as JPEG files along with the report, with approval from photo subjects.

Following COVID-19 Guidelines: Awardees need to follow all the guidelines and safety protocols in place at the University of Minnesota throughout project implementation. This includes but is not limited to complying with any restrictions in on-campus or community work and following any stay at home orders, personal protective equipment requirements, social distancing and training procedures to assure personal safety.

Questions

All questions related to the application process, requirements, or eligibility should be directed to Katy Griffin at [email protected].

 


 

NRC-RIM Community Engagement Grants

NRC-RIM Community Engagement Grants are open to community-based organizations serving Afghan immigrant communities in Minnesota to support projects that address the public health needs of newly-arrived Afghans. Up to two grants will be offered of up to $40,000 each. Organizations are encouraged to propose pilot projects that have potential to be scaled and/or replicated in other locations. 

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Community-based organizations serving Afghan immigrant communities in Minnesota are eligible to apply. Applications open in the fall, and funding will be made available by January 1, 2023.

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Eligibility

Community-based organizations serving Afghan immigrant communities in Minnesota are eligible to apply. Community-based organizations include, but are not limited to, nonprofits that provide health or social services or support community development, common interest groups, and faith-based organizations.

Grant proposals should clearly demonstrate how the project will advance known public health needs in Afghan immigrant communities. Organizations are encouraged, but not required to partner with their local health department(s) on the project. In addition, organizations are encouraged to work with and communicate with the Refugee Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. NRC-RIM will facilitate if an existing relationship does not already exist.

The funding cannot be used to support research and cannot be used for direct patient care or the procurement of medical supplies. The project must be completed by September 30, 2023. 

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Focus on newly-arrived Afghan communities: The proposed project should focus on newly-arrived Afghan communities in Minnesota.
  • Community engagement and input: Afghan community members should be involved in project development and implementation in a meaningful and genuine way. 
  • Community needs: The proposed project should align with a clearly identified public health need among newly-arrived Afghan communities in Minnesota and should be culturally and linguistically relevant. 
  • Promising or evidence-based practice: The proposed project should be informed by evidence and/or data; this could include anecdotal evidence.
  • Potential for replicability and scalability: The proposed project should have some potential to be replicated and scaled.
  • Experience: The organization should have experience working with Afghan communities. 
  • Budget: The budget should be appropriate and feasible for the work proposed.
  • Alignment with CGHSR values of social responsibility, which include: 
    • Mutual partnership and/or bidirectionality; 
    • Equity: institutions or individuals involved in the project benefit equitably and scientific outputs recognize contributions from community partners; 
    • Projects have a path to long-term sustainability; 
    • Activities are relevant, important, and impactful as defined by community partners.

Application Process

The application for 2022-2023 Global Engagement Grants is now closed. The information below details the process from 2022 for reference. 

Applications for NRC-RIM Community Engagement Grants will be accepted until October 31, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT. Grant applications must be submitted through the Google form application, also available at z.umn.edu/NRC-RIMGrants2022. See a preview of the full application here.

Please review the Request For Proposals (RFP) document for details on 2022-2023 NRC-RIM Community Engagement Grant application requirements. Applications will include the following components:

Project Proposal: The project proposal section of the application form includes:

  • Project name
  • Objectives and expected outcomes of the project (150 words max)
  • Description of prior experience working in partnership with Afghan communities (150 words max)
  • Justification of known public health need (150 words max)
  • Outline of proposed activities, including proposed timeline and major milestones (300 words max)
  • Likely impact of the project on the needs of the Afghan communities you are hoping to support (300 words max)
  • Description of how you intend to measure impact (300 words max)
  • Project partners (if applicable)

Supplemental Documents: The components listed below must be submitted via the application form as well.

Grant Requirements

Required Activities
During the project period, awardees will:

  • Participate in a virtual kick-off meeting with the NRC-RIM team 
  • Submit a final project timeline 
  • Implement the pilot project
  • Collect data to measure project impact
  • Participate in at least quarterly meetings with the NRC-RIM team
  • Collaborate with NRC-RIM to disseminate project findings

Reporting Requirements
Funded work must comply with all University of Minnesota and state of Minnesota policies related to COVID-19 as well as other University of Minnesota research, community engagement, and travel policies. Grant recipients must submit a final report consisting of a description of funded activities, lessons learned, and a brief account of how the grant funds were spent, along with a list of other support received (if applicable). Reports should be submitted within two months of the end of the funded activity. A final report template will be provided. We also request photos taken during the activities be submitted as JPG files along with the report, with approval from photo subjects.

Questions

All questions related to the application process, requirements, or eligibility should be directed to Erin Mann at [email protected]

 


 

 

 

Global Engagement Grant Spotlight

Learn about our 2021–2022 Global Engagement Grant Recipients

We were grateful to receive a number of robust proposals for our inaugural Global Engagement Grants program, and were impressed by the quality and strength of the partnerships and projects proposed. Grant recipients in the Open Call and Global Women's Health categories will develop innovative projects and build new collaborations across local and international teams. 

Learn more about our Global Engagement Grant Recipients

a beach with a beached ferry close to one of the Grant recipient's project sites at a waste management plant in Goa, India

Photo courtesy of Nida Sajid

 

Global Engagement Grants Around the World

Especially in a time when global travel remains difficult, Global Engagement Grants support collaborations across our local and global community to continue global health work and combat newly emerging crises.

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2022 Global Engagement Grants

Open Call Global Engagement Grant Recipients

Social and Ecological Impact of Waste Management

  • PI: Nida Sajid, PhD, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Co-PI: Rishikesh Narayan, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa
  • Project Team: Sudhir Krishna, PhD, MBBS, IIT Goa; Sabiha Hashami, PhD, Indian Institute of IIT Goa; Sarah Binte Ali, PhD, IIT Goa

Maximizing collaborative roles for allopathic, traditional and faith healers for treating women with breast cancer

  • PI: Beth Virnig, PhD, MPH, UMN School of Public Health
  • Project Team: Shalini Kulasingam, PhD, UMN School of Public Health; Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, Ph.D., MPhil, FGCNM, FWACON, RN, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; John Amuasi, MBChB. MS. MPH. PhD., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Capacity building - Vitreoretinal surgery in Uganda

Global Women’s Health Engagement Grant Recipients

Determining Efficacy of a Maternal and Neonatal Simulation and Debriefing Intervention to Improve Clinical  Competence of Diverse Students at the University of Nairobi

  • PI: Cynthia Sherraden Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, UMN School of Nursing
  • Project Team: Miriam C. A. Wagoro, RN, PhD, University of Nairobi; Blasio Omuga, MBCHB, MMED, University of Nairobi; Joyce Jebet, RCHN, BScN, MSc, PhD, University of Nairobi; Lilian Omondi, BScN, MScN, PhD, University of Nairobi

Use of simulation for global medical education in obstetrics and cesarean delivery in a resource-limited rural setting: a partnership between University of Global Health Equity School of Medicine, Rwanda and University of Minnesota

  • PI: Rebecca Petersen, MD, UMN Medical School 
  • Project Team: Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH, UMN Medical School; Abebe Bekele, MD, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda