Global Research Programs of Distinction


Fall 2017 Request for Proposals

$25,000 – $100,000 Initial Awards


The Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) invites research proposals addressing topics, problems, and challenges of global scale, scope, and concern.  “Global research” may be thought of as 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 enhance international contact and collaborations between colleagues within and outside the U.S.  The goal is to build on existing or emerging strengths in ways that will encourage collaborative inquiry within and across different units on important global issues and, in doing so, distinguish UVA nationally, internationally, and globally.

The Global Research Programs of Distinction (G-POD) grants are an initiative of the Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation through the Provost’s Office, and are offered in partnership with the Office of the Vice-President for Research.[*]

The grant is intended to foster active global research programs that can become self-sustaining centers of distinction through outside grants and philanthropy.  Applicants are encouraged to think in terms of the broad impacts of a given project and its long-term potential to address significant global problems and challenges through research, including: pioneering novel methodologies, disciplinary practices, and collaborative ventures; addressing urgent intellectual, scientific, and societal issues of global scope, scale, or import; expanding the capacity for knowledge production and challenging epistemological limits; seeking new areas of collaboration between disciplines.  We ask applicants to think as well in forward-looking and broadly programmatic ways by envisioning novel research configurations among faculty that could be the basis for strategic hires across and at the junctures between fields.

Please read the following information carefully and use the accompanying form.

Applications for this round are due November 5, 2017 with notification of awards by November 22, 2017.



Global Research Programs of Distinction proposals will vary in object, method, and outcome.  The following bullets present a broad set of disciplinary and methodological possibilities and are meant to be illustrative rather than exhaustive.  We encourage applicants to think broadly and imaginatively.  All projects must indicate clearly what their expected research outcome will be, what impact it will have, and how it will be communicated.

  • Projects building strength in a recognized subject with global impact across several schools (e.g., international political economy, human rights, development studies).
  • Projects seeking to understand large systems and structures and their local as well as global impacts (e.g., social media and information systems, global capital and business, big science, NGOs and the development complex, global and transnational histories, global systems chemistry and biology).
  • Projects aiming to explore pressing issues of human flourishing across cultures (e.g., design thinking, comparative pedagogy, literary flows, memory in historical context, local knowledge and appropriate technologies in development thinking).
  • Projects focusing on problems of global scale or transnational scope (e.g., climate change, youth unemployment, global poverty and inequality, global health, urban dynamics).
  • Projects that interpret and/or translate objects, texts, artifacts, ideas, images, and performances across borders and cultures (e.g. Global Shakespeare, transnational movements of music and art, circulations of material culture, information flows across linguistic lines).
  • Projects seeking to understand flows and movements of things, ideas, and organisms across the face of the planet (e.g., disease, intellectual property, pollutants, mass migrations, money, media).



Proposals will be judged by nationally competitive standards.  The number of awards will depend on the quality of the applications.  The awards are to support projects at amounts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 per project, depending on the nature of the work. Proposals may also include suggestions for new (not temporary) hires in an area of distinction, especially if in a different discipline or School or at a juncture between fields.  Such hires would not count against the budget of a specific project. 


Use of Funds

G-POD proposals should aim for concrete research outcomes.  Funded activities may include (but are not limited to) field research or inquiry, data collection and analysis, artistic preparation, and research support, leading to outcomes ranging from (but not limited to) academic publication (traditional or electronic), policy or position papers intended to inform public debate and decision-making, performances, conferences, exhibitions, preservation, visualizations, interactive online experiences, new instruments or methodologies, novel systems or modes of collaboration.  We encourage applicants to consider multiple means of communicating results to academic and wider publics.

Please note the following:

  • The term of grants expires 16 months from the project start date.
  • The successful applicant must return a signed Grant Agreement.
  • All grantees will be entitled to purchase equipment up to USD$10,000 and not to exceed 25 percent of the grant funds.
  • The funds may be used to cover the full direct costs of the project, but no grantee will be entitled to use grant funds to cover indirect costs.
  • Grant funds may be used for human subject research or animal subject research.  Grantees must have all appropriate approvals, assurances and certifications (including, but not limited to, IRB or IACUC approval) prior to the enrollment of the first human subject or before conducting animal research.  Funding is conditional on IRB or IACUC approval of the research.
  • Grantees must agree, to the extent it is within their reasonable control, to conduct and manage support of the research, product development, and innovations funded by this grant in a manner that facilitates the achievement of the stated goals of the project.


Eligibility Criteria

This request for proposals is open to applications from UVA faculty, though the program may include non-UVA faculty as partners, including non-UVA institutional commitments.  We strongly encourage non-UVA faculty participants to secure matching funds from their home institutions.


Review Process and Selection Criteria

Each application will be screened to ensure eligibility and fit with the aims of the RFP, as discussed above.  Proposals will be read by a G-POD faculty review committee, which will review proposals and make recommendations that will be presented to the Provost, the Director of the Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation, the Vice-Provost for Global Affairs, and the Vice President for Research for final approval.

Proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. Scholarly impact: The activity/research should expand the boundaries of current research and strengthen the University’s capacity in the proposed area. It should enhance the research profile of the university among national and international peers by contributing to UVA’s sustained recognition as a site of engagement in a given area.  Though not a chief aim, strengthening existing educational programs and/or creating new learning opportunities will enhance a proposal.
  2. Research Record: Participants should be able to demonstrate clear potential for achievement in the new research.  The proposal should not be merely a continuation of earlier or past research, but should indicate how the research, collaboration, and/or scope of the project is new and how it relates to a global challenge in the spirit of the examples given above.
  3. Collaboration: The program should catalyze activity and promote intellectual collaborations across UVA Schools or between traditional major disciplines or divisions within a School. Facilitating or strengthening new international partnerships will enhance a proposal.
  4. Implementation: The proposal should have a clear and feasible work plan, including a list of confirmed participants, program of activities, schedule and a detailed projected budget. If the project envisions a total budget exceeding the amount requested from CGII the proposal should indicate clearly what the CGII portion is for.  In general, requests for PI salary support will not be favored.
  5. Potential and Plan for Continuing Independent Funding Stream: Each proposal should indicate the potential to generate external support from governmental, foundation, or private sources.  The more explicit, the better.
  6. Cofunding: The proposal should indicate all sources of actual or expected cofunding.  Receipt of cofunding after submission should be reported to Cliff Maxwell at
  7. Long-run impact: The proposal should indicate how the project, if funded, would contribute to the emergence of a Global Research Program of Distinction at UVA.  In other words, each proposal should be envisioned within a context of a continuing research impact.  We encourage applicants to think toward transformative hires at the juncture of fields and/or schools that could contribute to new collaborations and/or reconfigure research possibilities at UVA.





What is Due

November 5, 2017

Deadline for Applications

November 22, 2017

Awards Announced

May 2018

Grant Progress Report Due

Award Acceptance Date + 1 Year

Grant Follow-Up Report Due



Before the end of the grant period, grantees must submit a report that summarizes:

  • Activities completed
  • Results vis-à-vis original goals of the proposal
  • Long-term sustainability and impact of the program
  • Additional funds secured or applied for to support continuation of the project
  • Financial report on the use of funds and any changes made in the use from the original proposal
  • Plans for future activities, if applicable


How to Apply

Complete the form, answering all fields (larger fields accomodate 3,700 characters, including spaces; approximately 500 words), and submit one copy via email (, by noon, November 5, 2017. Download the Application form here (Word File).

The proposal should present a plan and justification for the proposed research program.  Proposals should be clear with respect to problem, methodology, timetable, output and broader impact.  In light of the criteria stated above, and in keeping with the instructions of the online form, each proposal will include:


  1. Cover material, summary, and brief principal investigator (PI) CV (no other CVs please);
  2. Statement of the central problem(s) or question(s) to be addressed;
  3. Statement of the background, significance, and impact of the problem framed;
  4. Statement of the methodology to be employed and research design;
  5. Statement detailing the work program;
  6. Statement of expected output or product of the work program;
  7. Statement regarding commitments of collaborating faculty, briefly detailing their affiliation and expertise;
  8. Statement regarding the relationship of the project to G-POD and CGII objectives and indicating broader institutional impacts for UVA;
  9. Declaration indicating IRB or IACUC 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 or IACUC regarding any given project.  A project submitted with an incorrect human subjects declaration will not be considered.  The IRB’s or IACUC’s determination will be considered definitive.  The proposal PI is the chief responsible party in ensuring IRB or IACUC compliance;
  10. Timetable for the research;
  11. A budget and budget narrative detailing categories of expense and specific planned expenditures:
  • Each budget item should have an explanation of what the budget item is for, why it is necessary, and whether there are other potential sources of funds for that purpose.
  • If the project total budget exceeds the amount requested from CGII, the proposal should indicate clearly what funds requested from CGII will be used for, as distinguished from funds from other sources.
  • Please note that any potential salary increases, fringe benefit rate changes, and similar changes to the proposed budget that may occur after a proposal is approved must be managed within the total approved budget for the same proposal;
  • A statement of how the project could go forward with less than the requested amount.


Disbursement and Usage

  • Grantees must request funds within 12 months of the official award date and must use funds within 16 months of the official award date, or return unused funds.
  • Funds not used within the allotted time must be returned to the grantor or an application for an extension must be submitted (extensions will only be considered under extenuating circumstances).  A progress report will be expected from each group by May 2018. A follow-up report one year after the award acceptance date will be submitted, detailing the work to date, who has participated, the substance of the issues explored, and any resulting products. That report must also contain a detailed and final budget


[*] The grant process and awards are conditional on approval of the state budget.


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