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President’s International Research Awards

Request for Proposals

RFP Issue Date: October 3, 2017
Proposal Due Date: January 12, 2018

Indiana University’s Global Gateways—ASEAN (located in Bangkok), China (Beijing), Europe (Berlin), India (New Delhi), and Mexico (Mexico City)—serve to strengthen and broaden IU’s international engagement through support for research and teaching, conferences and workshops, study abroad programs, and engagement with alumni, businesses, government, and nongovernmental organizations. Each Gateway provides expert advice, connections, logistical support, and facilities to help IU faculty advance their academic interests in the country or region it serves. (Additional information about IU’s Global Gateways is available at

President Michael A. McRobbie has created the President’s International Research Awards to support high-impact international collaborative research projects that engage one or more of IU’s Global Gateways and the communities they serve. Projects may be based at a Gateway or within the region served by a Gateway, but in either case should make use of the resources, expertise, and networks of one or more Gateways.

Priority will be given to projects that focus on issues or topics of regional or global importance. Eligible projects include:

  • Collaborative Research Projects that involve meaningful partnerships with local universities, NGOs, research institutions or government agencies.
  • Student/Faculty research exchanges in which IU teams (including at least one faculty member and one student) collaborate with local or regional teams of faculty/researchers and students.
  • Scholarly events developed in collaboration with and including the participation of local scholars, scientists, researchers, institutions, agencies or organizations.

Criteria for funding include:

  • The strength of the international collaboration.. We prioritize collaborations that demonstrate or develop partnerships between IU and international colleagues. Whether such collaborations are long-standing or nascent, they should be integral to the research, scholarship or creative activity to be conducted.
  • Potential for development into longer-term programs.. We prioritize collaborations that lay a foundation for long-term, multi-faceted partnerships that are likely to have long-term impact. Impact may be a function of the significance or timeliness of the research topic; the depth and transformative potential of the international collaboration; the degree to which a project enhances IU’s reputation or the visibility of the Gateways as centers of academic inquiry; or some combination of these.
  • Where student/faculty exchanges are proposed, the opportunities for students to engage in meaningful research. We prioritize collaborations that enable students to participate as partners in significant research and scholarly activity.
  • Cross-school or interdisciplinary partnerships. We prioritize collaborations that build bridges across disciplines.
  • Realistic budgets. We prioritize proposals that make appropriate use of grant funds. Where matching funds from other units are anticipated, this should be noted in the budget.

We recognize that some proposed research projects will make more extensive use of the physical facilities of the Gateways than others. We expect that each project will include at least one activity (such as a workshop, symposium, public lecture, or exhibit) at one or more Gateways, or at a location within the relevant region approved by the appropriate Gateway Academic Director.

Eligible applicants include any tenure-stream IU faculty member, from any IU campus. Clinical professors and research scientists are eligible to serve as co-PIs on a proposal led by a tenure-stream faculty member.

Those interested in submitting a proposal must consult with the appropriate Gateway Academic Director (details below) to determine project feasibility and assess the level of engagement with the Gateway.

Funding of up to $50,000 per year, renewable for up to three years is available to transformative collaborative projects. Proposals for smaller amounts of funding or shorter grant periods are welcome. Multi-year grants will be reviewed annually, with renewal contingent upon satisfactory progress toward project milestones and goals.

(The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs operates a Gateway Seed Grants program, among other programs supporting international research, that might be drawn on to support initial activities intended to pave the way for a more ambitious President’s International Research Award proposal. However, President’s International Research Awards may not be combined with OVPIA Gateway Seed Grants or other OVPIA awards. Additional information is available at:

Submission process: Proposals should be submitted at Proposals must be submitted on or before 5:00 pm on January 12, 2018.

Proposal Guidelines: Proposal narratives should be no more than 5 pages in length (single-spaced, 11-point type using common font such as Calibri or Times New Roman). Proposals should explicitly address:

  • The research project proposed: describe the project, its potentially transformative nature, and the larger research trajectory for which it lays a foundation. Identify how this work is in keeping with your expertise and professional development. Include a description of the work plan and activities that will enable you to complete the research successfully. Please note that the relationship between the work plan and the budget should be clear and explicit.
  • The international collaboration involved: identify international partners and their role in the research.
  • The relationship of the work plan and activity to the appropriate Gateway(s): describe how the project will use Gateway resources; any events or activities that will occur at the Gateway(s) (and/or other approved location); and how the project you propose furthers the priorities for A Global University identified in the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan ( and the Vice President for International Affairs Strategic Plan (
  • Additionally, each proposal must include a budget (using the budget template available at and a 1-2 page budget justification explaining planned expenditures (personnel, travel, capital equipment, supplies, other costs). Proposals for multi-year projects should include a multi-year budget broken down into annual expenses. Please note that IU funds are not intended to pay salaries or research expenses at other institutions; projects which involve cost-share with international partner institutions will be more highly prioritized than those that do not.

    Proposal Review: Proposals will be reviewed by Gateway Academic Directors and other faculty members representing multiple campuses, schools, and disciplines. The faculty committee will make recommendations to the Vice President for Research, who will make final recommendations to the President.

    For more information, please contact:

    Ethan Michelson
    Academic Co-Director
    China Gateway
    emichels[at]indiana [dot] edu

    Yaobin Chen
    Academic Co-Director
    China Gateway
    ychen[at]iupui [dot] edu

    Michael S. Dodson
    Academic Director
    India Gateway
    msdodson[at]indiana [dot] edu

    Hannah Buxbaum
    Academic Director
    Europe Gateway
    hbuxbaum[at]indiana [dot] edu

    Christiana Ochoa
    Academic Director
    Mexico Gateway
    cochoa[at]indiana [dot] edu

    Shawn Reynolds
    Associate Vice President, International Partnerships
    shreynol[at]iu [dot] edu
    (Contact for ASEAN Gateway proposals)