CG 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.

Applications for the Fall semester Center Grants are due October 15 with notification of awards the week of November 5. For the Spring Semester, due March 15 with notification the week of April 1.

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.


Center Grants (CG)

Award Cycle: Spring and Fall of each academic year

Grant size ($): up to 20,000

Total funding available each cycle ($): 80,000 (twice yearly)


CGs seek to advance CGII’s mission in two ways: (i) to promote the creation of working groups of colleagues, at UVa and beyond, to take up new, significant research questions in interdisciplinary collaboration; (ii) to promote scholarly gatherings that can help frame novel questions, or reframe old ones in light of new circumstances.

CGs also make smaller amounts available for individual projects up to $2,500 for faculty members and $1,000 for graduate students.

Proposals will be evaluated by the CGII grants committee.

Eligibility: All full-time faculty may apply for categories 1, 2, 3 below. Graduate students may apply for category 4.


  1. Collaborative working groups. This involves proposals to help establish working groups/labs addressing global questions. Proposals should involve three or more colleagues from two or more disciplines. It is especially desirable for collaboration to involve work across school or unit lines.
  2. Intellectual gatherings. These may involve symposia, conferences, seminar series, or invitations aiming to address a particular intellectual challenge in novel ways. The Center is not inclined to fund conferences that are routine field or professional gatherings.
  3. Individual faculty research. The Center encourages applications for individual research with a global emphasis for up to $2,500.
  4. Graduate student research. Graduate students are invited to apply for up to $1,000 for research projects that involve global/international topics. Please note that students must be enrolled during the project phase for which a grant is awarded.
  5. If you can think of something we have not that would advance CGII’s mission, we welcome the idea.


How to apply: Proposals should be a single document not exceeding three pages (excluding CVs), and should include the following:

  • Name of submitter(s) school/unit and departmental affiliations.
  • Title and 100-word description of project.
  • One-and-a-half page statement including:
    • proposed activity and its research/inquiry significance
    • 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.
  • 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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