GIG Grants

The mission of the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) is to stimulate research addressing problems and challenges of global scale, scope, concern, perspective, and impact. “Global research/inquiry” is an elastic term that links the local and the planetary, aims to expand the compass and range of disciplinary commitments and possibilities, and seeks to promote collaboration among UVa colleagues and with colleagues beyond UVa and outside the U.S.

As funds are spent, reimbursement must be requested within 30 days of expenditure; absolute deadline is June 1st, 2020. No extensions will be given.

Please recognize that the proposals will be read by colleagues outside your field.

Also note the following:

Grant funds may be used for human subject research, but grantees must have all appropriate approvals, assurances, and certifications (including, but not limited to, IRB approval) prior to the enrollment of the first human subject. Funding for human subjects research is conditional on IRB approval or exemption of the research.

In the application, include a declaration indicating IRB status of research (whether required to submit). If research involves human subjects, please include proof of submission and the IRB’s determination. If you are in doubt about whether the research involves human subjects, please contact the medical (Susie Hoffman, or social science (Bronwyn Blackwood, IRB. The committee may contact and consult the IRB regarding any given project. A project submitted with an incorrect human subject declaration will not be considered. The IRB’s determination will be considered definitive.


Please read the following information carefully and follow the application procedure of the grant for which you are applying.

Global Initiative Grants (GIG)

Award Cycle: Rolling

Grant size ($): up to 10,000

Total funding available over academic year ($): 60,000


Proposals may be for research collaborations, or intellectual gatherings (symposia, conferences, seminars, invitations) which, for whatever reason, could not be submitted in-cycle.

GIGs fund time-sensitive proposals that fall out of the regular cycle for CGII Grants (Center Grants and GPODs). Proposals that can be submitted to meet an upcoming CGII deadline, or reasonably could have been submitted for a past deadline are not eligible. Proposals will be evaluated by members of the CGII grants committee.

Eligibility: All full-time faculty may apply. Proposals must involve two or more UVa colleagues from different disciplines, schools, or units.

How to apply:

Step 1: Because GIGs are for emerging issues that do not fit into the CGII grant cycle, the application process starts with an e-mail explaining the need for out-of-cycle consideration. Please address this e-mail to Brian Owensby (

Step 2: Once step 1 has been resolved, proposals should be a single document not exceeding two pages (excepting CVs), and should include the following:

  • Name of submitter(s) with school/unit and departmental affiliations.
  • Title and 100-word description of project.
  • One-page statement including:
    • proposed research/inquiry
    • description of submitters’ contributions
    • description of proposed use of funds (e.g., travel, equipment, gathering)
    • timeline of proposed activity
    • statement of outcome (e.g., publication, gathering, outside grant proposal, performance, exhibition, policy report or recommendation, creation of a research tool) with time of expected realization
  • Statement of how the proposed activity will advance CGII’s global mission.
  • Statement of co-funders, if any. A demonstration of other support is especially important.
  • Statement of IRB status.
  • Budget and narrative, including a clear statement of how the project could go forward with less.
  • Two-page CV for each participant.


Proposals should be submitted to Cliff Maxwell ( as a single PDF via email.

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