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International Research & Academic Program Development (IRPD) Grants

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Phone: (520) 621-8585


New Solicitations for FY19 Research Advancement Grants and an updated Proposal Preparation Guide should be posted August 1, 2018. The previous solicitation is provided below.

Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one IRPD per cycle.
Next Due Date: March 15, 2018
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2018
Award Period: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Applications: Accepted through UA Competition Space

Description: Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) and the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) will co-fund these Category 1 grants. They are designed to jump-start and quickly grow either international research done by transdisciplinary collaborations, or the development of new academic programs in collaboration with international partner institutions.

Track 1: International Research Initiative

    • Level 1: Large – up to $50,000 to be spent on activities leading to an external grant proposal for over $1M* (direct and indirect costs combined)
    • Level 2: Medium – up to $30,000 to be spent on activities leading to an external grant proposal over $100,000 and under $1M (direct and indirect costs combined)

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: study abroad, student exchange, dual degree programs, pathway-to-degree programs, short-term programs, etc.)

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). 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 may 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.
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 proposal must accompany the final report.
ii.   PI teams must use OGI services/staff to enhance the quality of their program proposals. OGI will help with financial planning, academic program development, marketing, and publicity for new programs.

2. Eligibility: In addition to the eligibility described in the PPG, the PI and at least one Co-PI must be from distinct disciplines (typically from different colleges).

3. Proposal Preparation:          

a.   Track 1: Project Narrative. Proposals may include up to three pages for the project narrative. Formatting and proposal sections should follow the PPG.

b.   Track 2: Project Narrative. Proposals may include up to three pages for the project narrative. 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).

c.   Track 3: Project Narrative. Proposals may include up to 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/OGI facilitators
iii.   Day 3: one session with RDI and one session with OGI; 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 OGI

d.   All Tracks: Supplemental Documents

i.   Two-page description of the transdisciplinary and transnational team
ii.   Letters of support from all collaborators including the international partners and international ministry or agency support (if appropriate).

4. Proposal Review: Research Initiatives are reviewed per the PPG. Academic Program Development grants 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


*The targeted external grant must be one proposal worth over more than $1M, combining multiple grants to reach the $1M goal is not appropriate.