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International Institute Enterprise Fund (IIEF)

To generate bold new ideas about and approaches to international studies and education while incentivizing interdisciplinary and cross-regional collaboration. Funded projects should spur intellectual and academic innovation, address topics of global importance, and span multiple continents and regions of the world. Their implementations should create conversations and collaborations across the area studies community, broadly defined. All full-time, U-M faculty are eligible to apply. The total amount of each award will not exceed $25,000 per year. Proposals for smaller amounts are welcome.

Ineligible Expenses:

  •  U-M tuition and fees
  •  LSA course development
  •  Faculty salaries or compensation
  • Travel or living support for dependents
  • Computers, computer equipment, cameras, camera equipment

Application Deadline:

May 11, 2018

Eligibility Criteria

  • Priority will be given to proposals and projects addressing big ideas, such as climate change, spirituality, or culture in the digital age, and lead to tangible products, such as curricular advances in international and area studies, research publications, or preliminary work that gives rise to funding proposals for larger grants.
  • Priority will be given to multi-term or multi-year projects that will foster on-going collaboration among multiple U-M units and/or with international affiliates in one or more countries.
  • Proposals must be from two or more U-M faculty from different U-M departments/units.
  • Projects should be thematically based and must be interdisciplinary and/or cross-regional–spanning multiple area studies centers, U-M programs, and regions of the world.
  • Activities must in part take place on the U-M campus--at a minimum this may be a lecture, workshop, exhibition, or other presentation of the project deliverables.
  • Cost-sharing is required for all applicants. Centers and programs within the II aren encouraged to apply. If either additional staff or additional effort by existing staff is required for a project, the funds to cover this effort need to be included in the budget.

Selection Process

The International Institute internal steering committee, comprised of faculty from multiple U-M units, will evaluate the applications on the following criteria:

  • relevance of project goals to international and area studies

  • feasibility

  • scope of impact

  • potential for ongoing collaboration

  • quality of in-country contacts and depth of collaboration (where appropriate)

  • significance of project outcome and/or deliverable

  • overall quality of the application

Application Materials

  1. Online application

  2. Letter of endorsement from Department Chair or Dean. The letter needs to acknowledge awareness and support of your project and can be as short as a few sentences.

  3. Letters of endorsement from directors of all II centers or programs with which your project will primarily engage. The letter needs to acknowledge awareness and support of your project and can be as short as a few sentences.

  4. Description of the project (maximum length 5 pages double spaced) that includes:

    a. Brief abstract (250 words)

    b. Goals & Significance:  How will the project generate bold new ideas about or approaches to international studies and education?  What is innovative and significant about the proposal?

    c. Scope: What is the likely constituency of the project both on and off the U-M campus? Which units are likely to be most closely involved and to reap the benefits?

    d. Impact:  What will be the outcome of the project?  What are there tangible deliverables? What is the target audience for these deliverables?

    e. How will the project be evaluated, and what are anticipated measures of success?

    f. Timetable:  How will the project progress over the proposed timeline? Are there benchmarks or phases of the project?

  5. Current CV for each principal investigator/collaborator; and

  6. A budget form detailing anticipated costs and all sources of support (pending and confirmed)