USF World is pleased to announce a new funding cycle for the Global Academic Partners (GAP) program including a variety of grant opportunities and increased award amounts.
Consistent with USF’s mission as a globally-engaged, research university, the GAP program has established a small number of high impact strategic institutional partnerships. GAP awards give USF faculty an opportunity to work with colleagues at USF's global partner universities to develop common projects that will serve as the foundation for external funding, collaborative teaching, or creative scholarly activities. In 2009, the University identified five GAP universities and these deep and broad relationships with "like" universities have promoted sustainable, interdisciplinary collaborations leading to meaningful impact as well as measurable bilateral (and even multilateral in the case of network development) institutional benefits.
PLEASE NOTE: In 2012, USF World plans to inaugurate a partnership with the City of Knowledge and should those plans come to fruition and a future award will be announced for Panama during the year.
2011-12 Award Opportunities
The purpose of GAP awards is to generate collaborative research, scholarly, and/or creative activity with our global partner universities. The expectation is that there will be tangible outcomes, such as joint research publications, performances, exhibits, and/or external funding proposals.
The maximum award will be $12,000 with up to $7,000 being funded by USF World together with a contribution of up to $5,000 from the "home" department and/or college.
There are three separate funding opportunities designed to engage a broad range of faculty, staff and students at USF. In the following guidelines we address these three areas more specifically:
USF's strategic priorities of increasing global literacy and impact, community engagement, integrated interdisciplinary inquiry, research and innovation, and sustainability should be used to guide proposals. The highest priority will be given to applications that are committed to producing external funding proposals to sustain the developing project. Examples might be developing co-taught programs, specific educational research, collaborative research focused on a shared critical issue between USF and a partner university, or designing scholarship intended to address a particular global concern. Proposed projects must involve shared initiatives between USF and a Global Academic Partner institution. Funding may be used for USF faculty to travel to a partner university and to bring a partner to USF to establish research, teaching and/or performance possibilities.
Proposals may include plans to engage graduate and/or undergraduate students in research, scholarly, and/or creative activity outcomes. In addition, collaborative design and delivery of innovative curriculum proposals are welcomed if proposals (a) offer new and strategically-relevant curriculum and pedagogy and/or (b) expand capacity (e.g. faculty development) at both participating institutions.
Accountability will be assessed by one or more of the following: submission of a joint proposal for external funding (NSF, NIH, NEH, NIMH, etc), mutual publications in academic press, collaboratively designed or delivered curriculum and/or public performance/presentation. All proposals should explain how the initiative will seek longer-term funding to continue the collaboration.
USF Institutional Liaisons
To help guide prospective applicants, each of these five partner universities has an Institutional Liaison at USF. These liaisons are:
Faculty members interested in applying to this program should go to the various university websites to learn about each university, then contact the institutional liaison identified above to discuss possible areas of common interest. Faculty applying for developing partnerships and those working on concept papers may find conversations with the Institutional Liaisons particularly useful.