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Faculty Seed Grants, 2015

The Center for International Affairs announces that seed grants are available to faculty at Case Western Reserve University for the development of sustainable initiatives to enhance internationalization at the University. This year, the call is specific to projects that meet one of the two criteria or both:

  1. The project is focused on internationalizing the curriculum or co-curriculum, including, but not limited to, internationalizing a course or a degree program1, and/or
  2. The project is focused on a sustainable initiative in Brazil.

Awards are available up to $7500, and the Center for International Affairs will work with recipients to secure additional external funding, as necessary.

Grants will be awarded in the spring semester and must be used over the next academic year; renewal for one year is possible. Examples of the kinds of expenditures that are eligible for support include:

  • The development and implementation of sustainable faculty-designed semester-long study abroad programs
  • The development and implementation of sustainable international research projects involving undergraduate students in Brazil
  • The development of new international and cross-discipline curricula.

Note: these are only examples, and we encourage faculty to be far-sighted and imaginative.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the proposed project and its relevance of the project to one of the two criteria listed above, and its ability to be a long term initiative. All proposals are welcome; those that are interdisciplinary or have a plan for sustainability are particularly encouraged. A small faculty committee will review the proposals and determine which ones will be funded.

Application Process (Applications are due by December 1, 2014)
Applications for funding should include:
  1.  Cover Sheet
  2.  Proposal Abstract (no longer than 3 pages) detailing the following points:
       a.  Summary of the proposal
       b.  Outcomes expected by the project
       c.  Metrics to measure success
       d.  Plan for sustainability
       e.  Explanation of how this benefits CWRU as a whole
  3.  Separate, detailed budget including secured funding from other sources or potential funding partners, if applicable.
  4.  Project Timeline
  5.  Letter of support from department chair, dean, or direct supervisor
  6.  Submit proposals to sharon.burke@case.edu

Responsibilities of Award Recipients
Award recipients are expected to carry out their proposal over the next year and to give a brief presentation on their project/program at an event in their honor in the Fall semester of the following year.

Some winning proposals


1For examples of ways to internationalize the curriculum see the American Council on Education’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement’s toolkit at http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Internationalization-Toolkit.aspx#curriculum.