The University of Arizona

International Research & Academic Program Development (IRPD) Grants

Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one IRPD per cycle.
Next Due Date:
     Required Letter of Intent: March 13, 2019, 5pm MST
     Full Proposal: April 3, 2019, 5pm MST

Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2019
Award Period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Applications: Opens January 23, 2019; Accepted through UA Competition Space

Description: Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) and UA Global will co-fund these grants. They are designed to jump-start and quickly grow either international research performed by transdisciplinary collaborations, or the development of new academic programs in collaboration with international partner institutions.

Track 1: International Research Initiative: up to $30,000 to be spent on activities leading to an extramural proposal submission for global research and development projects. An international collaborator and/or institution is required. Investigators should request funding at the level most appropriate to the project.

Track 2: International Academic Program Development: up to $15,000 to be spent on activities leading to a new international student mobility initiative (student mobility initiatives may include: microcampus, early university programs, study abroad, student exchange, dual degree programs, pathway-to-degree programs, short-term study programs either inbound or outbound)

Track 3: International Research and Scholar Colloquium: up to $10,000 to hold a colloquium ranging from 3-5 days at UA for international visiting scholars from international partner institutions.

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) - version 3. The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full as proposals that do not match the PPG will be returned without review.

Solicitation specific information below supersedes information presented in the PPG.

Solicitation Specific Requirements:

1. Expected Outcomes:

a.   All Tracks: PI teams must collaborate with colleagues from international partner institutions. This collaboration must be detailed in a letter of collaboration or support (if funds are provided) as documented in section 2.c.ii.
b.   Track 2:

i.   Rather than submit an external funding proposal, PIs are expected to prepare at least one academic program proposal during the award period. A copy of the submitted and approved academic program proposal must accompany the final report. Please enter text "Not Applicable" in "External Funding Mechanism" required field.
ii.   PI teams must use UA Global services/staff to enhance the quality of their program proposals. UA Global will help with financial planning, academic program development, marketing, and publicity for new programs.

2. Proposal Preparation:

a.   Track 2: Project Narrative. The project narrative may not exceed three pages. Formatting should follow the PPG. Sections should include:

i.   Summary of the milestones revealing a specific strategy for establishing proposed academic program, including detailed information on any degrees or certificates that will be earned, research opportunities for students, and linkages to post-graduation opportunities
ii.   International partner institution(s) profile, including number of students, academic disciplines offered and tuition and living expenses, as applicable
iii.   City, regional, and country profile for international partner institution involved with the new academic program
iv.    Expected mobility numbers for all participating institutions (including outbound UA students).

b.   Track 3: Project Narrative. Proposals may not exceed three pages for the colloquium narrative, program outline, and budget. Formatting should follow the PPG. Below is a sample program outline. Colloquium sessions can be moved and adjusted according to the number of total days for the colloquium:

i.   Day 1: Scholarly presentations – specific to proposed topic(s)
ii.   Day 2: Mini-development workshops – work on project/research grant proposals with RDI/UA Global facilitators
iii.   Day 3: one session with RDI and one session with UA Global; suggested topics could include – Opportunities with International Faculty & Scholars; International Partnerships; Creating a Competitive Grant Proposal; Postdoctoral Affairs, Maintaining Contact After You Leave, etc.
iv.   Day 4: Include tours of UA research facilities or local landmarks (e.g. Biosphere 2; museums; Mirror Lab; heritage or cultural sites)
v.   Logistical and immigration assistance will be provided by UA Global

c.   Supplemental Documents

i. All Tracks:
     A. Two-page description of the transdisciplinary and transnational team
     B. Letters of collaboration and or support from all international collaborators are required. This includes but is not limited to international partners and international ministry or agency support.

ii. Track 2 and 3: a Dean's letter must accompany all Track 2 and Track 3 proposals. It is expected that Track 2 and Track 3 applicants work with their unit and dean's office in the preparation of the proposal. (Updated requirement: February 27, 2019)

3. Proposal Review: Track 2 proposals are reviewed using the following criteria:

a.   Feasibility of the plan to develop new academic program and likelihood of a successful program
b.   Fit with identified, priorities, programs, and/or funding target
c.   Sustainability of program (e.g., in business plan, integration with department/college priorities)
d.   Strong support of one or more deans


Posted January 22, 2019, updated February 6, 2019