Global Gateway Faculty Research Awards

The Global Gateway Faculty Research Awards (GGFRA) provide annual funding up to $50,000 USD to support faculty research and fellowships. The grants are open to full-time, regular faculty from all Colleges, Schools, and fields of discipline. The purpose of the grant is to support internationally significant individual faculty research projects and/or collaborations with locally-based research academies, universities, or research groups.

ABOUT

Building on the success of the 2016 Rome Gateway Grant, this expanded program from Notre Dame International (NDI) and Notre Dame Research (NDR) aims to highlight the potential of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways for the advancement of research and scholarship at the University. Projects should showcase the very best of Notre Dame scholarship in a project with multiple participants, an exciting program, and high international visibility. They should either lead to a significant outcome within the grant period or serve to initiate a new and promising long-term international partnership.

In addition to Notre Dame Research and Notre Dame International, the program is generously supported by the College of Arts and Letters and the Keough School of Global Affairs.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL GATEWAYS

Located in international centers of research, scholarship and technological innovation, as well as places with a rich historical tradition of their own, the Global Gateways offer unique opportunities for work with original sources and materials, collaboration and networking, and the further promotion of Notre Dame as an outstanding place of research and scholarship. Apart from their role for study abroad programs, the Gateways serve as conference venues, meeting spaces for groups of researchers, workspaces for Notre Dame scholars, and focal points for graduate and undergraduate research. The success of the Gateways as internationally visible and recognized outposts of the Notre Dame research enterprise depends on the creative potential of faculty in exploring their possibilities.

SELECTION PROCESS AND PROGRAM PRIORITIES

The GGFRAs will be jointly made by the Vice President of Research and the Vice President for Internationalization, based on the recommendations of an interdisciplinary committee. Priority will be given according to the following principles:

  • High intrinsic quality of the research project. It is expected that the proposed effort will result in a definitive and important outcome that would not otherwise be possible without the level of support available from the program.
  • Projects must use one of the Global Gateways. Specifically, the proposed effort must include the presence of the researchers in a city with a Global Gateway for a significant part of the award period due to unique resources located in or near the city and/or a unique opportunity for scholarly collaboration with researchers or academic institutions based there.
  • Lead to a sustained collaboration with an academic institution or research group in or close to the host city of the Gateway.
  • Include significant and relevant use of the facilities located in the Global Gateway.
  • Projects will be consistent with and/or strengthen the Catholic mission of the University.
  • Projects will typically exceed the capabilities of the Global Collaboration Initiative award offered by Notre Dame International.
  • The budget will be reasonable and efficiently utilized.

SAMPLE PROJECTS

The following are representative examples of possible projects:

  • A collaborative research project with a local university or other research institution, which requires the presence of faculty researchers or graduate students at the international location. Use of the Gateways for the establishment of new, substantial partnerships is particularly encouraged.
  • Projects including the collaborative use of unique research facilities (laboratories, accelerators, telescopes, or computers, for example) in the guest country. The Gateways may provide office and meeting space.
  • Research on natural or social developments (e.g., the effects of urban development, climate change, or environmental change) in the guest country.
  • International conferences in the Gateways. They may on a subject directly related to the location and its unique history and circumstances, but also take advantage of the location for any international convention of researchers and students, regardless of the topic.
  • Interviews or experiments in the social sciences with a population unique to the host country (e.g., projects researching the refugee situation in Europe). The Gateways may provide meeting and office space as well as interview rooms.
  • Research in archives, libraries, or art collections (e.g., work in the British Library or the Vatican Archives). The Gateways may provide working and meeting space for researchers.
  • Participation in archaeological excavations and restoration projects.
  • Academic year salary replacement for one semester.

ELIGIBILITY

Full-time regular members of the University of Notre Dame faculty, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, library faculty, and special professional faculty, are eligible to apply.

BUDGET

Multiple awards area available and submissions are encouraged from all Colleges, Schools, and disciplines. The awards may be used during the academic year of 2017/2018, beginning with the summer of 2017. Awardees may request a one-year no-cost extension, which will be granted based on sufficient progress made during the first year. To accommodate college leave regulations, a one-year delay of the award is possible.

Multiple grants for any amount up to $50,000 USD of total funding for the period of up to one year are available through this program. Augmentation of the grants by the Colleges, Schools, and Departments, as appropriate to the discipline, is encouraged.

The following are allowable budget requests:

  • Funding can be used in for a variety of purposes, according to the needs of a specific research project. Funds can be used, for example, for postdoctoral research appointments intended to seed international collaborations, for travel and living expenses of individual faculty researchers working on projects of international significance, for workshop and meeting expenses, or in numerous other ways.
  • Funds may be used for conferences if they serve the purpose of presenting new and original research and forging new scholarly connections.
  • The award may be used to replace academic year salary for the period of one semester (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019). Contact your College or School for specific regulations. 

The following are unallowable budget items.

  • The award cannot be used for the participation in conferences or invited lectures.
  • The award cannot be used for publication costs.
  • The award is not intended to fund teaching projects in the Gateways. However, projects with the participation of graduate or undergraduate student researchers are encouraged.

DEADLINE

The application period has recently closed. The grant application period is typically during the spring. Please check back again next year for more details.

PROPOSAL FORMAT AND SUBMISSION

Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:

  1. Cover page with following information: Name of Principal Investigator, Department/Center/Institute affiliation, Phone, Email, Proposal Title, and designation as a Global Gateway Faculty Research Award. Please also list any co-PIs and their Departmental/Center/Institute affiliations.

  2. Abstract of the proposed project (one page maximum).
  3. Description of the proposed project (five pages maximum).
  4. Discussion of how the project would benefit from the opportunities offered by the Global Gateway chosen for the project.
  5. Discussion of planned ongoing cooperation with institutions in host country.
  6. Budget and Budget Justification: For grants, please use the following interactive Excel Grants Budget Template. For fellowships, please use the following interactive Excel Fellowship Budget Template. For any questions, please review the Global Gateway Budget Template Directions. 
  7. Current and Pending Grant Support.
  8. Curriculum Vitae (two pages maximum, current) for each faculty member listed on the cover sheet as an investigator. CVs for external collaborators may be included if integral to the proposal. If postdocs, graduate students, and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, please describe their qualifications.

The proposal should be a single PDF document submitted electronically to intprogs@nd.edu, with a subject header of “Global Gateway Faculty Research Award”.

FINAL REPORT

All GGFRA grant awardees are required to complete a short final report. To download the report template as a Word document, please click here.

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Need More Information?

For information on the GGFRAs please contact Hildegund Müller, Associate Vice President for Research, or Warren von Eschenbach, Associate Vice President and Assistant Provost for Internationalization. For general questions on any of the Internal Grants, please contact intprogs@nd.edu.