Faculty International Partnership Engagement (FIPE) Grants


Congratulations to the

FIPE Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2017!

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Fiscal Year 2017 – Request for Proposal

Posted Date: May 13, 2016

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2016


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED


Sponsoring Office/Unit: Office of International Initiatives (OII)

To facilitate its internationalization outcomes and contribute to other goals of the university’s strategic plan, Georgia State is committed to engaging institutional partners both in the five task force countries and beyond. Through the involvement of its faculty and staff, Georgia State has prioritized investing in a multi-pronged and multi-disciplinary approach to international collaboration and programming as a means to achieving distinction in globalizing the campus.

To this end, OII, with funding from the Provost’s Office, is providing a total of $50,000 seed funds for FY 2017 to support two major strategic objectives:

1. Enhance strategic partnerships and increase programming in the five task force countries of Brazil, China, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey; and

2. Leverage external-funding for international research and projects.

Due to limited funding and competition, applicants may select only one opportunity above.  Please keep in mind also that only one proposal may be submitted per Principal Investigator (P.I.) or team.

Submissions must be made through the following web application form: (PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED)

Interested applicants may attend either of the following FIPE Grant Writing Workshops on: Monday, May 23, 2016 from 10 -11:30 am or Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 3 – 4:30 pm. Both sessions will be held in Conference Room 350, Office of International Initiatives, 3rd floor, Dahlberg Hall, 30 Courtland Street SE, Atlanta, 30303.

View the FIPE Grant Writing Workshop Presentaion

Please click on either box below for more information on the respective FIPE Grant, including eligibility, guidelines and submission timelines.

FIPE Grant to Enhance Strategic Partnerships

Through its FIPE Grant to Enhance Strategic Partnerships, Georgia State faculty who have established relationships (i.e. active professional relationships/communications lasting at least a year) with any of the listed partners may apply for funds to create or expand programs in one of the following Task Force-identified areas:

* Student Mobility (graduate recruitment programs such as the 3+2-type programs), Undergraduate recruitment-type programs such as the GSU Summer Institute and short-term non-credit or continuing education programs, study abroad programs, student exchange programs);

* Faculty Development and Exchange (including Faculty development or rewards programs for international scholars, exchange of Georgia State faculty in area studies research, language enhancement, teaching, etc.);

* Joint externally-funded grants;

* Collaborative Research including data gathering, joint conferences/symposia, etc.; and

* Other innovative activities.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must:

1. Be full-time Georgia State faculty. It is advisable that lead faculty/P.I. be tenure-track faculty;

2. Have established relationships in selected strategic country; and

3. Not have outstanding reports due to OII, as of the date of submission.

Awards will be granted on a competitive basis for individual awards of up to $5,000 each. Successful proposals will meet the following submission guidelines and review/selection criteria.

PROPOSAL AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

To be considered for funding, the lead faculty Principal Investigator (P.I.) must submit a 2-page (single spaced, 11-point Calibri font size, 1” margins) proposal that includes:

1. A title and description of the proposed program;

2. Background and extent of relationship with identified partner(s) and any associated consortium. This should include:

a. Information on duration and level of engagement,

b. Information on participating partner faculty and their role(s) in the proposed program, and

c. Information on how support and relationship(s) at the partner institution(s) will contribute to sustaining the program;

3. A clear plan for establishing the proposed program and the expected outcomes and impact on Georgia State’s International and other strategic goals; and

4. A brief budget narrative summarizing how the budget will sustain the initiative. (See item 5 below.)

In addition to the 2-page proposal, applicants must submit the following:

5. A detailed budget and justification showing how FIPE funds will be used as well as expected cost-share contributions from the department/college/unit and/or external sources, if applicable; Click here to access budget template.

6. Evidence of college or unit support; Click here to access the Dean’s Endorsement template.

7. Letter of support or e-mail from the dean or other senior official at the partner institution. If an e-mail, the signature of the sender must include full name of sender, organization, role, contact information and web address, if any; and

8. Short bio summaries (250 words or less) for listed/participating GSU and partner participants. This may include information on international experience and service.

Special Note to Applicants:

  • This seed grant should not be considered a travel grant only. While successful applicants may use the funds for travel, reports on the use of the funds must include outcomes that tie directly to the applicant’s selected programmatic area from the list above.
  • This grant cannot supplement or contribute to faculty or staff salaries in any way.
  • This grant cannot be used to hire Graduate Research Assistants. There may be exceptions if it is clear that proposed outcomes of a strong submission solely hinges on hiring of GRAs. Exceptions will apply on a case-by-case basis.
  • This is a one-year term grant. Recipients of this grant may not submit proposals for continuance of an awarded FIPE grant.
  • Programmatic activities must result in an initial or final outcome that is realizable in a year.
  • It is encouraged that applicants for this grant consult with relevant Task Force Chair(s) for advice on strategic relevance of their proposal.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE, REVIEW AND AWARD NOTIFICATION

The deadline for submitting a full proposal is 5:00 p.m. on June 24, 2016. All supporting documents and necessary approvals must be received by this date and time in order for proposals to be considered for review and funding.

Full proposals will be reviewed by an OII-led Review Committee using the Review/Selection Criteria below.

Awards are expected to be announced no later than July 15, 2016.

Special Note:

Proposals must be submitted online and adhere to page requirements of 2 pages or less, 11-point Calibri font size, and 1” margins on all sides. Individual pages must be numbered and labeled with the P.I.’s name and proposal title in the footnote.

CLICK HERE (PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED) TO ACCESS THE ONLINE FIPE GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM.

  • Individual FIPE reference numbers will be issued upon registration/submission.
  • P.I’s are strongly encouraged to collate and submit, in PDF format, all supporting documents once to avoid document loss.

Only one proposal per P.I. or team may be submitted.

 

REVIEW /SELECTION CRITERIA:

Successful proposals will:

1. Adhere to the proposal and submission guidelines;

2. Articulate the proposed program and establish the feasibility of implementing it;

3. Demonstrate history and experience with partner/collaborator;

4. Articulate how proposed program outcomes will be achieved in a year; and

5. Articulate how outcomes will impact Georgia State’s internationalization and other strategic goals.

 

REPORTING

PROGRESS & FINAL REPORTS:

To establish progress and university outcomes, FIPE Grant to Enhance Strategic Partnerships recipients are required to submit progress and annual reports using the online FIPE Reporting Form. (Submission IDs issued at registration will be used to access the form). Links to the online reporting tool will be sent out with reminders approximately one month before the report deadlines.

Progress Reports must provide status of activities, including current and expected program implementation, opportunities, and challenges. They may also include, where relevant, documentation such as executed copies of partnership agreements that demonstrate activity and initial outcomes.

Final Reports will confirm stated program deliverables and outcomes. The report should be submitted at the end of the fiscal year in which the funds are awarded and should include:

  • How the funds were used;
  • Confirmation of new and expanded relationships / partnerships, including partner’s role(s);
  • An assessment of grant objectives and outcomes (return on investment);
  • Information on funders and corresponding amounts leveraged in external funding, if applicable; and
  • Impact of award on teaching, research, learning, and service.

PROPOSAL AND REPORTING DEADLINES:

FIPE Grant Deadline: 5 p.m., June 24, 2016

Funding Notification: July 15, 2016

Progress Report: 5:00 p.m., January 23, 2017

Final Report: June 23, 2017

 

RFP INQUIRIES:

Inquiries about this RFP may be directed to either:

Ms. Kathleen Monich at kcampbell44@gsu.edu or ext. 3-2552

OR

Ms. Kike Ehigiator at kehigiator@gsu.edu or at ext. 3-2532.

FIPE Grant to Leverage International Externally-funded Grants

Through its FIPE Grant to Leverage External Funding, faculty may leverage funding to finance international activities/projects. Faculty may collaborate with colleagues at Georgia State and beyond to write and submit proposals to international funding agencies such as USAID, the Fogarty Institute, DANIDA, CIDA, the World Bank and so on with the goal of pursing substantial international funding for research and projects that highlight Georgia State’s research, teaching and service strengths and capabilities.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must:

1. Be full-time Georgia State faculty.  It is advisable that lead faculty/P.I. be tenure-track faculty;

2. Be part of a team and, where applicable, be on a multi-disciplinary team. Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged; and

3. Not have outstanding reports due to OII as of the date of submission.

Awards will be granted on a competitive basis for individual awards of up to $10,000 each. Successful proposals will meet the following submission guidelines and review/selection criteria.

 

PROPOSAL AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

To be considered for funding, the lead faculty Principal Investigator (P.I.) must submit a 3-page (single spaced, 11- point Calibri font size,1” margins) proposal that includes:

1. A one-page draft abstract of the grant proposal to be submitted to external funders including a summary description of the proposed international activity, the amount expected to be leveraged, expected submission date, and funder; and

2. A one to two-page discussion of:

a. The Georgia State team's and/or International Partner's contributions towards securing the grant. While all proposals must have an international focus, they should elaborate any relevant local and national linkages to the proposal’s goals and objectives. Discussion should also include individual and team strengths and contributions to the proposed program. Inter-disciplinary submissions across colleges are strongly encouraged;

b. Discussion of other complementary partnerships (existing or potential) in various sectors (in and out-of-country), and the advantage to Georgia State partnerships; and

c. A discussion of success indicators and expected outcomes for the externally-funded research / project including how these will contribute to strategic and internationalization objectives at Georgia State. Competitive submissions will include plans for integrating proposed activities into teaching, learning, service and/or research.

In addition to the 3-page proposal, applicants should submit the following:

3. A detailed budget and justification showing how FIPE funds will be used as well as expected cost-share contributions from the department/college/unit and/or external sources, if applicable. Note: FIPE funds should not be budgeted to cover administrative personnel costs and should be expended in the fiscal year of the award); Click here to access Budget Form template.

4. Evidence of college or unit support; Click here to access the Dean’s Endorsement template.

5. An attached signed letter or email of support from an external partner. If an e-mail, the signature of the sender must include full name, organization, role, contact information and web address, if any; and

6. Short bio summaries (250 words or less) for participating GSU and non-GSU participants. This may include information on international experience and service.

Special Note to Applicants:

  • This seed grant should not be considered a travel grant only. While successful applicants may use the funds for travel, reports on the use of the funds must include outcomes that tie directly to the applicant’s programmatic goals and objectives.
  • This grant cannot supplement or contribute to faculty or staff salaries in any way.
  • This grant cannot be used to hire Graduate Research Assistants. There may be exceptions if it is clear that proposed outcomes of a strong submission solely hinges on hiring GRAs. Exceptions will apply on a case-by-case basis.
  • This is a one-year term grant however, for the FIPE Grant for Leveraging External Funding, if there is strong evidence supporting continuance such as written encouragement by funder to revise and resubmit a proposal, recipients of an FIPE Grant to Leverage External Funding may submit proposals for continuance of an awarded FIPE grant. These may be granted on a competitive basis.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE, REVIEW, AND AWARD NOTIFICATION

The deadline for submitting a full proposal is 5:00 p.m. on June 24, 2016. All supporting documents and necessary approvals must be received by this date and time in order for proposals to be considered for review and funding.

Full proposals will be reviewed by an OII-led Review Committee using the Review/Selection Criteria below.

Awards are expected to be announced no later than July 15, 2016.

Special Note:

Proposals must be submitted online and adhere to page requirements of 3 pages or less, 11-point Calibri font size, and 1” margins on all sides. Individual pages must be numbered and labeled with the P.I.’s name and proposal title in the footnote.

CLICK HERE (PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED) TO ACCESS THE ONLINE FIPE GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM.

  • Individual FIPE reference numbers will be issued upon registration/submission.
  • P.I’s are strongly encouraged to collate and submit, in PDF format, all supporting documents once to avoid document loss.

Only one proposal per P.I. or team may be submitted.

 

REVIEW /SELECTION CRITERIA:

Successful proposals will:

1. Adhere to the proposal and submission guidelines;

2. Articulate the grant objectives and establish the feasibility and timeline of funding;

3. Demonstrate history and experience with partner(s) and/or funder (or comparable funders);

4. Articulate how grant writing and submission for external grant can be achieved in a year; and

5. Articulate how outcomes will impact Georgia State’s internationalization and other strategic goals including teaching, research, learning, and service.

 

REPORTING

PROGRESS & FINAL REPORTS:

To establish progress and university outcomes, FIPE Grant for External Funding recipients are required to submit progress and annual reports using the online FIPE Reporting Form. (Submission ID’s issued after registration will be used to access the form.) Links to the online reporting tool will be sent out with reminders about a month before the report deadlines.

Progress Reports must provide status of activities, including current and expected program implementation, opportunities, and challenges. They may also include, where relevant, documentation such as confirmation of grant submission or executed copies of partnership agreements to demonstrate activity and initial outcomes.

Final Reports will confirm stated program deliverables and outcomes. The report should be submitted at the end of the fiscal year in which the funds are awarded and should include:

  • How the funds were used;
  • An assessment of stated FIPE grant objectives and outcomes (return on investment);
  • An assessment of progress towards program objectives;
  • Information on funders and corresponding amounts leveraged in external funding;
  • Impact of award on teaching, research, learning, and service; and
  • Confirmation of new and expanded relationships / partnerships, including partner’s role(s).

PROPOSAL AND REPORTING DEADLINES:

FIPE Grant Deadline: 5 p.m., June 24, 2016

Funding Notification: July 15, 2016

Progress Report: 5:00 p.m., January 23, 2017

Final Report: June 23, 2017

 

RFP INQUIRIES:

Inquiries about this RFP may be directed to either:

Ms. Kathleen Monich at kcampbell44@gsu.edu or ext. 3-2552

OR

Ms. Kike Ehigiator at kehigiator@gsu.edu or at ext. 3-2532.

1. When is the GSU Fiscal Year?

July 1 - June 30

2. Where does the money go if it cannot be used for travel?

The grant may be used for travel, however we expect the outcomes to be more than reporting that you traveled (i.e. establishing a student exchange, etc.)

3. What do you mean by cost-share?

This is anything that the College/Unit or partner can contribute to show that they support your proposed project or activity. This can be intangible like classroom space or tangible like a computer. The contribution's value in terms of dollars must be estimated, though, for the budget calculations.

4. What does it mean to have experience with the external funder or type?

This means that we expect you to have had experience with that type of organization, either through previous grant applications or other activities. It does not mean that you must have received a previous grant with them.

5. Is the likelihood of receiving the grant higher if I apply for the Enhancing Strategic Partnerships track?

Not necessarily. It depends on the quality and feasibility of the proposal, since the funds will be distributed across the two tracks without preference. This Strategic Partnerships track is limited to five countries, but since the development of the Strategic Plan, engagement has also grown significantly in those five countries.

6. What should the line items be in the budget, specifically for Enhancing Strategic Partnerships?

This depends on the project, but it could be anything from supplies for a workshop or student outreach to flights to the country involved.

7. What do I do about the Dean Endorsement Form if my Co-PI is in a different college?

Two forms can be signed and scanned into one PDF to upload under that category.

8. If I update a document that I already submitted, what do I do?

You only need to log back in and re-upload that one document on the Documents page. That will override your previous version. You do not need to re-upload all of the others.

9. If there is not enough funding to receive the amount requested, would you come back to us to redo the budget?

No, we would simply award the appropriate amount according to the evaluator's scores.

10. May I bring faculty from abroad to Georgia State using the funding?

At the moment, this funding is only for Georgia State faculty activities. It cannot be used to support travel for the partner.

11. Where do I put my budget justification/narrative?

This should be in the proposal document (within the 2-page document for Strategic Partnerships or 3-page document for Leveraging External Funds).

12. Must the PI be tenure-track?

Yes, the main PI should be tenure-track.

13. May I apply for both FIPE Grants?

Due to limited funding and competition, applicants may only select one Grant opportunity.

14. Can I initiate a new relationship in order to apply?

Applicants must have established relationships in order to apply.

15. Would I need to show College/Unit cost-sharing if my requested dollar amount could be completely covered by the FIPE Grant?

Yes, some sort of support must be show from your College/Unit in order to apply.

16. What if my FIPE Grant proposal is not accepted?

You will receive feedback and it is encouraged for you to come to speak with Dr. Volkan Topalli or Ms. Kike Ehigiator.

17. If I am a FIPE Grant recipient, how am I paid?

Make sure to discuss the situation with your Business Manager for account and type information.

18. What happens if I do not use all of my funds?

You should notify OII and you are expected to return any unused funds in order for us to use them in future FIPE cycles.

19. What should I take into account when working on my proposal?

What is OII doing? What is the direction of the Task Force for the respective Strategic Country? Does my proposal fit into the University's Strategic Plan?

20. Can the proposal be with more than one country?

Yes, but it must be focused and deliberate. Additional countries do not guarantee the awarding of the FIPE Grant.

21. Are external funding agencies required to be international?

No, you may work with national agencies that have an international scope. However, it is encouraged to leverage funding from international agencies (foundations, governments, private agencies, etc.)

22. Who may write letters of support?

Usually a person from the partner institution (i.e. Dean or Senior official), but it may also be someone outside of your department or college (i.e. Task Force Chair).

23. With the Strategic Countries, is it necessary to work with an institution with which we already have a formal written agreement?

It not necessary, but if you are working with an institution outside of that list, it is advisable to explain this connection in your proposal background.

24. Does College/Unit cost-sharing have to be money?

Cost-sharing can be non-monetary (like negotiated time) or other resources (i.e. computer).

25. How many proposals are accepted?

It varies depending on the number of applicants and funds requested. We have $50,000 to distribute.

26. How should I show proof of established relationship with a Strategic Country?

It can be as informal as e-mail correspondence, but could also be a formal agreement or letter of support.

27. Is it ok if outcomes will be known a after the FIPE year?

We understand that some external fund applications may not have results until early fall, a couple months after the FIPE year. This should be indicated in the Final Report and we would expect an updated Final Report once those decisions have been made.

28. Do Co-PIs need to register?

No, only the PI registers and submits a proposal.