Global Research Programs of Distinction

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.

GPOD grants are available during the Fall semester only, applications due November 19 with notification of awards by December 2.

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 Programs of Distinction (GPOD)

Award Cycle: Fall of each academic year

Grant size ($): 20,000 to 100,000

Total funding available each cycle ($): 125,000


GPODs seek to foster active global research programs that present the opportunity to become self-sustaining centers of distinction through outside grants and philanthropy, and/or can come to recognized as an area of particular intellectual strength at the university.  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, diversifying disciplinary practices, and promoting collaborative ventures; addressing urgent intellectual, scientific, and societal issues of global scope, scale, or impact; expanding the capacity for knowledge production and challenging epistemological limits; engaging diverse knowledge-makers beyond academia; seeking new areas of collaboration between disciplines. We ask applicants to think 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.

Proposals will be evaluated by the CGII grants committee.

Eligibility: All full-time faculty may apply.

How to apply: GPOD proposals will vary in object, method, and outcome. Breadth and imaginativeness of conception are critical.

Proposals should be a single document not exceeding 6 pages (excluding CVs), and should include the following:

  • Name of submitter(s) school/unit and departmental affiliations.
  • Title and 100-word description of project.
  • Three-page statement including:
    • proposed activity and its research/inquiry significance
    • list of participants (name and affiliation) and description of their 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
    • a statement regarding IRB
  • Statement of how the proposed activity will advance CGII’s global mission.
  • Statement of co-funders, if any.
  • Budget and narrative, including a clear statement of how the project could go forward with less.
  • Full CV for each contributing participant.

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

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