Global Programs of Distinction (GPOD)

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 should be submitted to Tim Troy (tmt8w) as a single PDF via email. 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."

Award Cycle: Fall and Spring of each academic year

Grant size ($): 25,000 to 100,000

Total funding available this cycle ($): $80,000

Deadline for application (spring): April 5, 2024, by no later than 4 pm EST


View recent GPOD-Awarded Projects



Mission: The mission of the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) is to stimulate researching in all fields (Arts, Humanities, STEM) addressing problems and challenges of global scale, scope, concern, perspective, and impact. It 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.


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. 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.