International Seed Grant Program

Through a generous donor grant, CEHS has funds available to enhance instruction and research through attention to international work and issues. Proposals are being solicited from faculty and staff to support coursework that includes international perspectives, research/creative work that includes an international component, or professional development activities and environmental improvements that will promote our international goals.

Eligible participants

All CEHS faculty and staff; CEHS Departments, Clinics or Centers; CEHS Councils, Committees or Formal Interest Groups

Overall Purpose

Faculty and staff may submit proposals to:

  • Incorporate global perspectives, materials and/or experiences into their work
  • Prepare for and participate in international work
  • Create opportunities for students to engage in international work and/or study abroad experiences
  • Create a more welcoming and effective environment to attract and support international students, scholars and partners in CEHS.
Preference will be given to proposals that address new initiatives or expand on-going work beyond its current footprint, (e.g. teaching moves into research; study abroad trip expands majors served.)

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. The proposed program has a well-established and robust partner in the receiving country. This should be a partner that is located "on the ground" in the receiving country and that can help with the education abroad arrangements, contribute sponsorship to the course, provide entre to resources and sites, assist in monitoring the safety of participants, and contribute expertise to the experience. Ideal partnerships will include an exchange of faculty or students with shared participation in teaching, research, service, or outreach. Ideal proposals will be those that seek to establish a global exchange.
  2. For graduate education abroad experiences, an alternative partnership might be a relationship with a professional organization or meeting through which CEHS faculty and student participate in a conference in whatever location it is held. (As examples, the International Reading Association, the Exchange Forum, or the Congress of the International Society for Psychology).
  3. There is a clear curricular tie between the education abroad program and CEHS programs in the sponsoring department(s) such that students' participation is integral to their programs of study.
  4. There are at least two CEHS faculty or staff members co-leading the program.
  5. There is a continuation plan for the program and the partnership, establishing how these will continue regardless of any single faculty member’s participation or reliance on funding through this seed grand program.
  6. A letter from the department chair verifies that (a) this education abroad program is integral to the department's strategic plan for globalization; (b) the department will make a fiscal investment in the education abroad program, which might include financial support for some portion of the faculty member's or staff members' travel costs or providing scholarship or travel support to students; (c) there is a continuation plan for the program and the partnership so that these are not dependent on a single faculty member’s participation; (d) additional funding sources will be sought to replace seed money and (e) the department will support the program for at least a second cycle.
  7. The experience includes preparation activities in which students and faculty meet together to learn about the country that they will visit, acquire knowledge and skills that connect the program to their programs of study, and logistical planning for the travel (e.g. what to pack, what health precautions to take, communication plans, etc.)
  8. The experience includes a reflective activity in which students and faculty reconvene after the trip has concluded to reflect on the experience and to share their experience with others in a formalized structured way.
  9. Programs and partnerships that align with university and system priorities will be given serious consideration. Programs that can leverage funds and other material support to create sustained or long-term activity for faculty and students will be considered high priority.
  10. CEHS and the UNL system cannot allow education abroad experiences to countries that are subjects of a State Department Warning under any condition. Permission may also be denied for education abroad experiences that are subjects of State Department Alerts. The current list of U.S. State Department Advisories can be found at http://travel.state.gov.

Award Size

The size of the grant proposals may range from $500 to $7,000. It is hoped that three projects will be supported this year.

Internationalizing on-campus or on-line coursework

Grant funds may be used to:

  • Purchase instructional materials
  • Pay for help to find readings, literature and other materials to be incorporated into an existing or new course
  • Develop and implement professional development activities
  • Hire external expertise
  • Support guest speakers
  • Defray the costs of international visitors who will contribute to the work
  • Sponsor local or regional fieldtrips of relevance
Research Projects

Grant funds may be used to:

  • Gather data or pay for access to a data base
  • Process data
  • Purchase instruments
  • Defray publication costs
  • Defray travel and other appropriate expenses to pursue international goals
  • Purchase materials that will make our international work more visible in the College

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Proposals to support coursework and other facets of teaching and learning will be judged based on how well the proposal addresses the following criteria:

  1. Integration of international content into the course (new or building on what is already in place)
  2. Relevance of international content to the course
  3. Potential outcomes and benefits for students
  4. Contribution of the project to faculty/staff professional development
  5. Link between the project and one or more of the CEHS International themes and goals
  6. Evidence of sustainability beyond a one-time activity or offering
  7. Potential impact
  8. Feasibility

Proposals to support research or other creative work will be judged based on how well the proposal addresses the following criteria:

  1. Integration of international content into the work (new or building on what is already in place)
  2. Relevance of international content to the work
  3. Contribution of the work to faculty, staff and/or student professional development
  4. Potential for publication, exhibition or further work
  5. Link between the project and one or more of the CEHS International themes and goals
  6. Potential to strengthen the chance for funding outside of the University
  7. Potential impact
  8. Feasibility

Proposals to support professional development activities or environmental improvements will be judged based on how well the proposal addresses the following criteria:

  1. Integration of international content into the proposed project
  2. Goals of the project and anticipated outcomes
  3. Relevance of international content to the project
  4. Link between the project and one or more of the CEHS International themes and goals
  5. Potential impact
  6. Feasibility

Seed grant funding should be viewed as an initial investment by the college rather than an on-going source of support.

Proposed Format for Proposal

Proposals should be no more than 3 pages long plus a short statement of support as noted in the proposal outline.

I. Title
II. Description of the project
  • Clear statement of its international focus
  • Relationship to CEHS international themes and goals
  • Summary of relevant activities and timelines
III. Rationale for the endeavor and link to one’s professional goals/professional development
IV. Names and contact information for those proposing the work and a brief summary of any other participants
V. Statement of who will benefit
VI. Description of potential outcomes
VII. Description of how each outcome will be assessed
VIII. Description of how the work will extend beyond the current project (sustainability)
IX. Budget
X. Statement of support from unit administrator (s) or committee/council chair

Timeline

Proposals must be emailed to Deb Mullen (dmullen1@unl.edu) in a Word document by Monday, Dec.  18, 2017.

Recipients will be notified by January 22, 2018. Proposals may begin as early as Summer Semester 2018, or as late as Fall Semester 2018. Projects must be completed by the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester unless an alternative date is negotiated with Dr. Mullen.

3 Plus 1 Program

The 3 Plus 1 Program involves a 3-credit class, followed by a related 1-credit short-term study abroad experience. Students may register for the 3-credit class only or for the entire 4-credit package. The idea is to give faculty an opportunity to infuse a current CEHS 3-credit class with international content (e.g. international authors, themes, etc.) and then follow-up with a 1-credit opportunity for students to explore the content in an international setting. The course may be any regularly scheduled CEHS class. Students enroll in the class for 3 credits. Some students will apply for and take the 1 credit follow-up. This follow-up is optional and it is not expected that all class members will participate. Thus, the 3-credit portion of the class may be any size. The study abroad portion will be limited according to criteria established by the instructor.

Any CEHS faculty member is eligible to propose a 3 Plus 1 option.

Award Size

The size of the grant proposals may range from $500 to $10,000. One grant will be awarded.

Use of the Funds

Grant funds may be used to:

  • Purchase instructional materials
  • Pay for help to find readings, literature and other materials to be incorporated into an existing or new course
  • Develop and implement professional development activities
  • Hire external expertise
  • Support guest speakers
  • Defray the costs of international visitors who will contribute to the work
  • Sponsor local or regional fieldtrips of relevance
  • Defray travel and other appropriate expenses to pursue international goals

Criteria for Selection

Proposals to support a 3 Plus 1 proposal will be judged based on how well the proposal addresses the following criteria:

  • Integration of international content into the course (current course, does not have to have a solely or even majority international focus, but international content must be evident)
  • Relevance of international content to the course
  • Potential outcomes and benefits for students
  • Contribution of the project to faculty/staff professional development
  • Link between the project and one or more of the CEHS International themes and goals
  • Evidence of sustainability beyond a one-time activity or offering
  • Potential impact
  • Feasibility

Proposal Review Process

Reviewers external to CEHS will review all proposals and make recommendations to the Dean’s office.

Timeline

Proposals must be emailed to Deb Mullen (dmullen1@unl.edu) in a Word document by March 8, 2018.

Recipients will be notified by March 31, 2018. Proposals may begin as early as Summer Semester 2018, or as late as Fall Semester 2018.