Explorations in Global Health Grants

The Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases is pleased to announce a new round of Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants. These grants are designed to foster the development of research projects and partnerships in global health.

Grants will be made to UNC faculty for international travel or to bring international colleagues to campus to establish or maintain research relationships (e.g. clarify joint research interests, plan and organize institutional linkages, jointly develop or write research proposals, etc.) or to undertake small research projects with international collaborators.

GHP grant funds cannot be used to attend meetings or conferences.

Faculty may apply individually, together with a student, or with another faculty member from a different discipline. Approximately 4-5 grants will be made this year in amounts up to $5,000 (for an individual application) or $8,000 (for a joint application).

Other review criteria include (1) strength of proposal (2) interdisciplinary approach (3) likelihood of receiving future research funding for the proposed project and (4) meeting the University’s commitment to innovation (putting important ideas to use for the benefit of society).

*Applications will also be considered from experienced global health researchers.


Full-time faculty (tenure, research, and clinical tracks) from all units at UNC are eligible to apply for funding. Adjunct faculty, post-docs, and medical residents are not eligible for this funding opportunity. Degree-seeking students of all levels may co-apply with a faculty member who meets the eligibility requirements.

Application Process

The entire application should consist of no more than five pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and describe:

•  the research project to be developed;

•  the applicant’s current academic position and background relevant to the proposed research;

•  the nature of the partnership, if applicable (i.e. foreign collaborating faculty member(s), institution(s), and any existing linkages);

•  expected benefits such as development or reinforcement of international institutional relationships for the University; and

•  the budget, cost justification, travel itinerary, and proposed dates of travel.

Please also include biosketches or CVs (maximum 4 pages) of all researchers involved in the project, as well as letters of support from international collaborators as appropriate (not included in the five-page limit). The application must be a single PDF file labeled with the applicant’s last name (e.g. Smith_EGH_2013.pdf)

Allowable budget items include supplies and travel-related expenses. The award cannot support any human resources needs. For travel, the award will be made as a reimbursement upon the completion of proposed travel by UNC faculty and students. If you are bringing a colleague to campus, travel expenses can be paid for directly by IGHID.

All travel and financial expenditures and reporting carried out under the Explorations in Global Health program must comply with UNC regulations and procedures (e.g., established UNC per diem rates) and with federal guidelines (e.g., Fly America provisions of federally-funded international travel). For supplies, purchases can be paid for directly by IGHID or transferred to departments.


The application must be received electronically by Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at 5 p.m. at globalhealth@unc.edu, Subject: EGH Grant Application

Applicants will be notified of the review panel’s decisions not later than Friday, March 22, 2013. Grant-funded travel will be authorized to begin on or after April 1, 2013, and should be completed within one year.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Chensvold
Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
CB # 3368, 2nd Floor Bioinformatics
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3368
(919) 966-2536
Email: lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu

Requirements for Grant Recipients

Recipients will provide IGHID with a written report of results, outcomes and benefits produced by this funding awardno later than May 1, 2014 or within thirty (30) days, following their return to the Carolina campus. The report (no more than 4 pages) should include a description of the research accomplished and travel highlights (if travel was involved). If pursuing an international partnership, the report should include entities visited and persons met with and their contact information, agreements reached concerning collaborative research and effects (if any) on institutional relations. All reports should include any manuscripts to be submitted or plans to secure additional funding to undertake future research and a budget reconciliation.

Recipients will give a university-wide seminar or talk on their travel-related project work or proposed research. (IGHID will assist with coordinating such a seminar). If an international colleague is brought to campus, that colleague must give a seminar at UNC at some point during her or his visit.

Recipients will provide photos, interviews, blog posts, or other materials related to their work to assist IGHID with communications about this program. Faculty grant recipients will be considered faculty fellows of the institute and will have profiles on globalhealth.unc.edu. We request that any application, abstract, poster or publication or other product generated from research supported by this funding mechanism acknowledge the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases by name or inclusion of the institute’s logo, where appropriate.

Applications that fail to meet any of the above requirements will not be reviewed.

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