University of Iowa

IP Funding Initiatives: Call for Proposals

Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
Downing A. Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs
October 4, 2016
IP Funding Initiatives: Call for Proposals

The International Programs Grants Office assists faculty and staff in identifying and pursuing external funding opportunities to support projects with an international emphasis or component. Ann Knudson, grants administrator for IP, can assist faculty in creating successful proposals. Learn more about our grant-writing assistance support:

In addition, proposals are welcome to the following internal funding programs, supported in whole or in part through the generous contributions of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization:

International Travel Awards contribute to internationalization at the University of Iowa by funding the international scholarship and engagement of UI faculty and staff. International Travel Awards support international travel for research, creative activity, and active conference participation or other collaborative activity. Awards, designed as supplements to other travel funding, typically range from $700 to $900. (Deadline: the 1st of each month)

Strategic Global Initiatives Awards (sgIA), co-sponsored by the OVPRED and International Programs, support the creation of global collaborations opening new areas of research or new research directions that lead to technology transfer and commercialization.  The anticipated average award range is $20,000. Larger awards up to $40,000 may be available.  See the OVPRED website for details:   Corrected dates: (Deadlines, all at 11:59 pm: December 1, 2016; March 21, 2017)

Summer Research Fellowships are developmental awards designed to promote the internationalization of research on campus. The strongest proposals will demonstrate genuine engagement with international issues, whether aesthetic, cultural, historical, political, or global. While such projects will typically involve work at an international location, travel abroad is not required. Each $3,000 summer fellowship is expected to result in at least one publication, exhibit, or performance. (Deadline: October 30, 2016)

The Major Projects Award promotes important contributions to scholarly debates and exchanges on international topics, issues, discoveries, and arts. Proposals for events that will take place on The University of Iowa campus and that will enhance international knowledge and understanding for University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students are therefore especially welcome.  While the International Programs Summer Research Fellowships are intended to support research and creative activities of individual faculty members, the Major Projects Award encourages activities or endeavors on a broader scale. These may take the form of collaborations, symposia, conferences, lecture series, artistic exhibitions, and performance events. A single project will be funded, up to $12,500. (Deadline: November 15, 2016)

The Provost’s Global Forum is the premier annual event on campus focused on international and global issues.  The Forum brings together experts from the faculty and leading voices from a variety of areas (business, technology, education, politics, and civil society, including projects focused on the environment, human rights, development, citizen diplomacy) to raise awareness about and contribute to debate on the foremost issues in globalization that face us today.  In addition to serving the University of Iowa community broadly, the Forum endeavors to build connections between the University and the state of Iowa, and positions the UI as a national node in discussions of global affairs.  Up to $20,000 will be awarded for the Forum.  (Deadline: April 1, 2017)

Special Projects Awards support internationalization at the University of Iowa by providing funding for small-scale international activities on campus. Past funded Special Projects have included visiting lecturers, speakers, film series, exhibitions, and other public activities that support international engagement on campus. Typical awards are a maximum of $500.  (Deadline: rolling)

For questions regarding these awards, please contact Mary Paterson (