New Global Engagement funds for research, travel and large-scale programming

The Vice Provost Office for Arts, Libraries & Global Engagement is opening three new funds to support faculty who are engaging in global research, travel and large-scale programming.  

  • The Global Engagement Travel Grants support Vanderbilt faculty traveling internationally for academic conferences and professional development workshops.  
  • The Global Engagement Research Seed Grants support innovative faculty research endeavors.  
  • The Big Questions Fund supports faculty organizing colloquiums, summits, workshops or summer schools to address pressing societal challenges of global interests, such as viruses and vaccines, climate change, art and ethics, Generative AI, sustainability and free speech.  

These opportunities build upon the Global Scholars in Residence program by expanding Vanderbilt’s footprint, international collaborations and reputation. Each funding initiative is informed by the recommendations of the Global Strategy Committee, which included: 

  • Educating more members of the global community about Vanderbilt and Nashville by bringing them to campus for research and learning experiences. 
  • Sending more Vanderbilt faculty and students into global settings to conduct research and share their findings, inspire through the arts and learn in diverse cultural settings. 

Vanderbilt University’s emerging strategy for global engagement strives to bring the world to Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt to the world. The Global Scholars in Residence invites international talent to our campus, while these new travel and research seed grants will support more faculty collaborations in global settings. 

The Global Engagement Travel Grant portal is open. Faculty with immediate travel plans may submit requests for funding up to $3,000 to be used before June 30. The application deadline is March 18.  

The Global Engagement Research Seed Grant proposals for fall 2024 are due by April 1. Funds up to $10,000 may be applied toward organizing collaborative working groups, travel, capital expenses, graduate student wages, term-limited consultants or materials. 

The Big Questions Fund application portal will open on April 1. Deadlines are June 7, for fall 2024 submissions and Aug. 30 for spring 2025 submissions. One proposal will be selected from each cycle, and funding up to $40,000 is available. Faculty applying to this fund will organize large-scale events addressing societal challenges or global interests and invite national and global leaders in their respective fields. The event should be cross-disciplinary for impact and innovation, with a focus on yielding significant cross-sectional attendance and high visibility. 

For more information about these opportunities, including eligibility standards, proposal requirements and funding guidelines, visit the global website. 

Questions about these programs may be directed to Claire Campbell. 

Apply now for the Global Engagement Travel Grant, Global Engagement Research Seed Grant and Global Scholars in Residence on InfoReady Review.