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. Awards are available up to $5000, 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, Fall 2016-Spring 2017, though funding will be available by the summer of 2016; 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
- 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 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, 2015)
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
Responsibilities of Award Recipients
Award recipients are expected to carry out their proposal over the 2016-2017 academic year, though funding will be available by the summer of 2016. Faculty may be asked to give a brief presentation on their project/program in the Fall semester of 2017.
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.