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.

Throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota along with our global community and academic partners found new ways to connect when travel was not possible. We all created innovative and quickly-deployed approaches to meet community needs, combat newly emerging crises, and address long-standing systemic inequities. Through the new Global Engagement Grants program, we aim to build on this momentum.

Global Engagement Grants also provide an opportunity to collaborate around specific CGHSR focus areas and with other UMN centers and colleges that share our priorities. In 2021 our focus is on global women's health initiatives, and future calls may center on issues such as human migration and health, health workforce development or specific areas of global health capacity building.

 


 

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 grants, pilot projects, or capacity building activities such as educational programs, curriculum development, or technical training.

A group of health professionals smile at the camera in East Africa

Discover How to Apply

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 are open in the fall and funding will be made available on January 1, 2022.

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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

Application Process

Applications for Global Engagement Grants will be accepted until October 18, 2021. Grant applications must be submitted through the application form.

See the full RFP for detailed 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:

  • Objectives and expected outcomes of the project (100 words max)
  • Justification of known need, interdisciplinarity (500 words max)
  • Outline of proposed activities clearly demonstrating the intellectual merit, interdisciplinary nature 
  • Likely impact of the project on needs in the community you are hoping to support
  • Methods (500 words max)
  • 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 must be submitted via the application form as well.

  • Budget Proposal
  • Biosketch
  • Academic Transcript
  • Graduate students: Letter of support from academic advisers

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. 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.


Global Women’s Health Engagement Grants

The objective of the Global Women’s Health Engagement Grants is to support projects that sustainably improve health outcomes for women in marginalized communities—both abroad and at home. Grants of up to $25,000 each will support work that aligns with program goals.

Rahel Nardos speaking with two female health professionals
Photo by Joni Kabana

Discover How to Apply

Global Women’s Health Engagement Grants are open for applications in the fall, and funding will be made available on January 1, 2022. Select submissions will be invited to attend a Project Design Workshop to enhance and refine proposals ahead of full proposal submission.

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Eligibility

Current faculty, academic and research staff, along with graduate, medical, and masters students, from academic units throughout the University of Minnesota system, as well as community organizations in the state of Minnesota, are eligible.

All projects should include leadership from partner institutions, which may include universities and other educational institutions, government entities, NGOs, and community-based organizations. Successful projects will include interdisciplinary leaders from relevant stakeholder groups.

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

Application Process

Applications for 2021 Global Women’s Health Engagement Grants are now closed. To learn more about the grant process, see below.

See the full RFP for detailed requirements.

Letters of interest include the following:

  1. Names of proposed project leaders from UMN and collaborating sites. Each project leader should also list their professional title, affiliation, and proposed role within the project.
  2. Location of the proposed project
  3. Brief description of the project (250 words):
    1. What do you propose to do?
    2. Who are the beneficiaries? 
    3. What is the anticipated impact?
  4. Brief description of the partners (250 words):
    1. Who will be involved in the project?
    2. How and when did the partnership begin?
    3. If you are a community organization, please explain the potential for a long term partnership with the U?

All submissions will be reviewed. Select submissions will be invited to attend a Project Design Workshop in November 2021, which will be a requirement to submit the full proposal. Specific instructions for the presentation will be provided to invited applicants two weeks prior to the workshop. All participants may use workshop feedback and discussion to further refine their projects into a full proposal due on December 1, 2021.

Grant Requirements

Release of funds is contingent upon appropriate Institutional Research Board approval (if required) and necessary approval(s) from community partners. 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 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. The report should be 2 to 4 pages, double-spaced. 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.