University Global Partnership Network Research Collaboration Fund

NC State faculty and staff are eligible to apply for funding to collaborate with top universities in the network.

This fund supports international activities leading to research collaborations between researchers at the University Global Partnership Network’s partner institutions. Network members are top universities around the world including The University of São Paulo in Brazil, University of Surrey in the United Kingdom and The University of Wollongong in Australia.

The annual fund of $240,000 has supported 46 international research projects to date. Awards support substantive engagement that leads to high-quality outputs — such as international research training for graduate students or early career faculty, publication of joint papers from collaborative research, or joint research bids.

The call for Research Collaboration Fund proposals for 2018 is now open.

NC State faculty and staff are invited to submit their proposals to the 2018 Research Collaboration Fund. The call is open to full-time academic staff. Collaborations can be bi-lateral, tri-lateral or quadrilateral. Funding of up to $10,000 is available per university partner per project. By way of illustration, an award for a bi-lateral project would provide funding of $20,000 in total. Funding is available for one calendar year.

Applicants are advised to read the guidance notes before submitting an application. All proposals should include a cover page, a description of the research project, a detailed budget, and concise CV’s for all academic collaborators.

Proposal Timeline:

  • Proposal Announcement – April 17, 2018
  • Proposal Deadline – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 submitted to If you have a technical issue with proposal submission, please contact
  • Announcement of Awards – July 2018
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2017 Funded Proposals

We are pleased to announce the awardees for the 2017 UGPN Research Collaboration Fund. A total of 39 proposals were submitted for competitive review, including 19 projects involving NC State faculty. Ten proposals representing researchers from the four partner institutions were selected for funding, with 5 proposals including at least one NC State PI:
  • Dr. Gavin Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
    “Accelerating the discovery and manufacture of antibiotics via microbial engineering”
  • Dr. Tiegang Fang, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    “Supercritical spray for dual fuel combustion”
  • Dr. Cathrine Hoyo, Professor, Biological Sciences & Director, Epidemiology and Environmental Epigenomics Laboratory
    “Resilience and diversity in early childhood development”
  • Dr. Xiangwu Zhang, Professor, College of Textiles
    “Flexible Functional Nano-Carbon Electrodes for Energy Devices”
  • Dr. Mary Ann Lila, David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences and Director, Plants for Human Health Institute
    Dr. Debora Esposito, Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine, Department of Animal Science
    “Association of total mineral content and elemental speciation with the healing properties of berries”