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.

2019 Call for Proposals

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 56 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.

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.

Format and Guidelines

UGPN research proposals must include the following sections:

  • Overview: title of the project, principal investigator (typically one PI is nominated, although there can be one PI for each collaborating Partner if this is deemed useful), contact information, duration of project, a 1,000 character synopsis of the proposed project, and a list of 5 key words.
  • Project Description: specifically address who your collaborators are, objectives of the collaboration, how the proposed activities align with the goals of the RCF, especially the potential for global impact. The description should include specific objectives and clearly articulate the activities or plan of work, which would be undertaken to achieve those objectives. It should be in sufficient detail that reviewers can evaluate the proposed plan according to the evaluation criteria.  Remember some reviewers may come from outside your discipline so use language that those lacking expertise in your area will understand. 

In addition, the following must be uploaded with the proposal :

  • Budget with Justification
  • CV (2 page maximum) of the PI(s) including education, professional appointments, synergistic activities relevant to this grant application, and up to ten (10) publications related to this research or scholarship.
  • Letter(s) from faculty deans (or their designees) for each collaborating institution within the UGPN and from sources of any matching funds.


  • Call for project proposals – April 15, 2019
  • Submission deadline – 5:00 p.m., May 31, 2019
  • Successful projects selected by June 28, 2019
  • Funded projects to be completed by July 31, 2020

2018 Funded Proposals

We are pleased to announce the awardees for the 2018 UGPN Research Collaboration Fund. A total of 37 proposals were submitted for competitive review. Ten proposals representing researchers from the four partner institutions were selected for funding, with six proposals including one NC State PI:
  • Dr. Eric Money, Associate Director for Professional Education, Department of Geospatial Analytics
    “Bringing environmental quality and new life to city centers of emerging economies in a changing climate”
  • Dr. Kelly Meiklejohn, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology
    “Global database for blow flies of forensic, agricultural and medical importance”
  • Dr. Sid Thakur, Professor, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology
    “Healthy living for healthy aging”
  • Dr. Divine Kumah, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
    “Novel quantum phenomena towards a new generation of thermoelectric materials”
  • Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, Professor, Department of Textile Engineering and Chemistry Science
    “The analysis and occurrence of plastic microfibres in sewage sludge and soil”
  • Dr. Jon Carr, Jenkins Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
    The iAccelerate/E-Clinic Collaborate Data Program: Building Longitudinal Data for Research and Program Management”