The Global Gateway Faculty Research Awards (GGFRA) provide annual funding up to $50,000 USD to support faculty research. 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.


This program, funded by Notre Dame Research (NDR) and Notre Dame International (NDI), 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 NDR and NDI, the program is generously supported by 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 five Global Gateways – BeijingDublinJerusalemLondon, and Rome – 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 & 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 should support the University’s Catholic mission. This can be achieved in many ways, from scholarship that promotes a better understanding of our common humanity to applied research that strengthens our shared communities and promotes human flourishing.
  • 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 be 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 archeological excavations and restoration projects.


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


Multiple awards are available and submissions are encouraged from all Colleges, Schools, and disciplines. The awards may be used during the academic year of 2019/2020, beginning with the summer of 2019. 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 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.


The application period is closed.

Proposal Format & 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 TemplateFor any questions, please review the Global Gateway Budget Template Directions.
  7. Current and Pending Grant Support, including any start up/capitalization funds available for the project as well as internal grants applied for and/or secured for the project.
  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. New this year, applications will be accepted through the Submittable program. Learn how to use the Submittable program via ​​this reference guide


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.

Previous Awardees

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