Global Programs of Distinction (GPOD)

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Proposals should be submitted to Cliff Maxwell (cam4z) as a single PDF via email.

Award Cycle: Fall of each academic year

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

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

Deadline for application: November 11, 2019


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Mission: 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.

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.