Global Programs of Distinction Grants


The Global Programs of Distinction grant (GPOD) seeks 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, and 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.

How to Apply

  • Award Cycle: Fall and Spring of each academic year
  • Grant size ($): 25,000 to 100,000
  • Total funding available this cycle ($): $100,000
  • Deadline for application (spring): November 4, 2024, no later than 4 pm EST
  • All full-time faculty may apply

Proposals will be evaluated by the CGII grants committee. 

GPOD proposals will vary in object, method, and outcome. We encourage out-of-the-box thinking in terms of method and collaboration across disciplinary lines.

Proposals should be a single document not exceeding 6 pages (excluding CVs), and should include the following in roughly this order. Please be sure to address each bullet:

  • Name of PI and all co-participants, with school/unit and departmental affiliations.
  • Title of Project. Total amount requested.
  • Proposed activity and research/inquiry significance.
  • Narrative of proposed use of funds (be specific).
  • Description of submitters’ contributions.
  • Timeline of proposed activity.
  • Statement of outcome (e.g., publication, outside grant proposal, performance/exhibition/installation, policy report or recommendation, creation of research tool) with time of expected realization.
  • Statement of how proposed activity will advance CGII’s mission.
  • Statement of IRB status. Researchers are responsible for ensuring compliance with IRB and should check with the IRB if in any doubt.
  • Statement that PIs are familiar with all relevant university policies and procedures central to carrying out the research agenda, including contracts with third-parties if they should be necessary.
  • Statement of co-funders, if any.
  • Budget and narrative, including a clear statement of how the project could go forward with less.
  • 1-3 page CV for each contributing participant.

If awarded, in your email accepting the award, please indicate an account into which funds should be transferred and a contact person (i.e. fiscal administrator) who can work with Tim Troy to effect the transfer. Contact personnel must provide mandatory worktags for the account into which funds should be transferred, which includes a Cost Center, Program and/or Activity, and Assignee Number worktags. 

Proposals should be emailed to CGII as a single PDF at Please title your application as follows: "last name, first name_GPOD Proposal_Semester you're submitting your application during (i.e. fall or spring) & Year."

Submit Your Application Via Email

Applications must be submitted following the instructions above and as a single PDF.

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