Explorations in Global Health Grants–Call for Applications

The Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases is pleased to announce a new round of Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants.


These grants are designed to foster the development of research partnerships and projects in global health. Grants will be made to UNC faculty for international travel or to bring international colleagues to campus to establish or cultivate research relationships (e.g. clarify joint research interests, plan and organize institutional linkages, jointly develop or write research proposals, etc.) or to undertake small-scale, discrete research projects with international collaborators. Grant funds cannot be used to attend professional meetings or conferences.

Faculty may apply individually, together with a UNC student, or with another UNC faculty member from a different discipline. Approximately 4-5 grants will be made this year in amounts up to $5,000 (for a single UNC applicant) or $8,000 (for two UNC co-applicants).

Preference will be given to applications that (1) assist faculty who are new to global health-related research and (2) foster collaborations that have a high likelihood of generating successful external funding proposals.

Other review criteria include (1) strength of proposal (2) interdisciplinary approach and (3) meeting the University’s commitment to innovation (putting new ideas to use for the benefit of society).

The successful proposal will have clear, demonstrable benefits to global health.


Full-time faculty (tenure, research, and clinical tracks) from all units at UNC are eligible to apply for funding. Adjunct faculty, post-docs, and medical residents are not eligible for this opportunity. Degree-seeking students of all levels may co-apply with a faculty member who meets the eligibility requirements.

Application Process

The project proposal should consist of no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and describe:

  • the research project to be developed;
  • a clear statement of the global health significance of the proposed project;
  • the applicant’s current academic position and background relevant to the proposed research;
  • the nature of the partnership, if applicable (i.e. foreign collaborating faculty member(s), institution(s), and any existing linkages);
  • expected benefits such as development or reinforcement of international institutional relationships for the University; and
  • the budget, cost justification, travel itinerary, and proposed dates of travel.

Please also include biosketches or CVs (maximum 4 pages) of all researchers involved in the project, as well as letters of support from international collaborators as appropriate (not included in the 5-page limit). The application packet must be a single PDF file labeled with the applicant’s last name: Smith_EGH_2016.pdf

The award will be made as a single funds transfer to the applicant’s department(s). Allowable budget items include supplies and travel-related expenses. The award cannot support any human resources needs.

All travel and financial expenditures and reporting carried out under the Explorations in Global Health program must comply with UNC regulations and procedures (e.g., established UNC per diem rates) and with federal guidelines (e.g., Fly America provisions of federally-funded international travel). For supplies, purchases can be paid for directly by IGHID or transferred to departments.

The application must be received electronically by Friday, February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at globalhealth@unc.edu, Subject: EGH Grant Submission

Applications that do not comply with the above instructions and eligibility criteria will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified of the review panel’s decisions not later than Thursday, March 31, 2016. Grant-funded travel will be authorized to begin on or after April 4, 2016, and must be completed within one year.

More Information

Mamie Sackey Harris
Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
CB # 3368
2144 Bioinformatics
Email: mamie_harris@med.unc.edu

Requirements for Grant Recipients

  • Recipients will provide IGHID with a written report of results, outcomes and benefits produced by this funding award no later than May 5, 2017 or within thirty (30) days of the complete of their travel/project. The report (no more than 4 pages) should include a description of the research accomplished and travel highlights (if travel was involved). If pursuing an international partnership, the report should include entities visited and persons met with and their contact information, agreements reached concerning collaborative research and effects (if any) on institutional relations. All reports should include any manuscripts to be submitted or plans to secure additional funding to undertake future research and a budget reconciliation.
  • Recipients will give a seminar or talk on their travel-related project work or proposed research. (IGHID will assist with coordinating such a seminar). If an international colleague is brought to campus, that colleague must give a seminar at UNC at some point during her or his visit.
  • Recipients must provide photos, interviews, blog posts, or other materials related to their work to assist IGHID with communications about this program.
  • Any application, abstract, publication or other product generated from research supported by this funding mechanism must acknowledge the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases by name or inclusion of the institute’s logo, where appropriate.

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