Global Funding Opportunities at UNL

Global Engagement Funding Opportunities

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has had a long tradition of global engagement on campus and abroad. We are committed to providing opportunities that mutually benefit our students, faculty, staff and peers around the world through various grant programs. We invite faculty to explore the ways in which our funding programs can help you advance your needs.

UNL encourages faculty to increase global perspectives in their courses and programs through globally-focused topics, regional histories and perspectives, foreign languages and literatures, and disciplinary insights from different regions of the world. Such experiences are essential in order for students to develop a global mindset and the skills they need to contribute meaningfully in our rapidly changing and globalizing world.

In an effort to meet such goals and strengthen the university's global engagement, UNL, in partnership with the broader University of Nebraska (NU) Central Administration, offer various teaching and research grants to faculty for upcoming academic years.

Additional inquiries should be sent to:

NU Central Grants

In June 2016, the President and Chancellors of the University of Nebraska (NU) formally adopted a Strategy for Global Engagement. The document emphasizes that “strengthening global engagement and building on a tradition of success with international activities will improve the educational outcomes the university seeks.” As such, NU central administration also offers globally-focused grants to eligible faculty across all four campuses of the NU institution. Below are the current available funding opportunities administered by NU Central for the upcoming academic year.


There are no internal opportunites available at this time.

UNL Grants

Below are the current internally-managed global grants available only to eligible faculty at the UNL campus

SPRINT Initiative - São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration, Due: June 15, 2020

Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) announce the call for proposals under the SPRINT initiative - São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration. The call aims to promote the engagement of researchers affiliated with higher education and research institutions in the State of São Paulo in partnership with researchers abroad in order to: further develop qualitatively the ongoing research projects and work cooperatively, with the purpose of elaborating joint research projects for the medium and long term. FAPESP and IANR (Agricultural Research Division and IANR Global Engagement) will each fund the equivalent of US $10,000 per proposal per year (total of US $20,000 per year).

Awards: 1 award of $20,000 for a maximum 24 months



External Grants

Below are external grands and funding opportunities that relate to campus internationalization efforts. Additional funding opportunities can be discovered on the Office of Reseach & Economic Development website.


International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program, Due: June 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide opportunities to eligible U.S. citizens to assist developing countries in establishing school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs under the International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP). The intention of the IAEFP program is to develop globally minded United States agriculturalists with experience living abroad, focus on meeting the food and fiber needs of the domestic population of eligible countries, and strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and the United States agricultural industry.

Awards: 2 awards of $500,000 over 36 months



Agriculture Commodity Emerging Markets Program, Due: June 26, 2020

The Emerging Markets Program (EMP) is established to develop, maintain, or expand markets for exports of United States agricultural commodities and to promote cooperation and exchange of information between agricultural institutions and agribusinesses in the United States and emerging markets. The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that enhance emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing trade barriers. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also be used to assist public organizations. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.

Awards: Estimated 15-20 awards for FY 2021, ranging between $5,000 - $500,000 per award, for a project typically up to 3 years



Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program, Due: June 29, 2020

The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences (FANH) disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students from groups that are historically underrepresented and underserved to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in FANH Sciences, or achieve a D.V.M., that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force.

Awards: $20,000 - $200,000



NSF Archaeology and Archaeometry Funding, Due: July 1 / December 1 / December 20, 2020

The goal of the Archaeology Program is to fund research which furthers anthropologically relevant archaeological knowledge. In accordance with the National Science Foundation’s mission such research has the potential to provide fundamental scientific insight. While within the broad range of “archaeology” the focus is on projects judged to be significant from an anthropological perspective, the Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic. The Program administers four competitions each of which is described below. It also supports projects submitted under NSF-wide competition guidelines. These include CAREER, EAGER, RAPID and Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement requests.

Doctoral Dissertation Research proposals are accepted anytime; Senior Archaeology proposals are due July 1, 2020 and December 20, 2020; and Archaeometry proposals are due December 1, 2020

Awards: Varies according to category



Food for Progress Program, Due: July 14, 2020

The Food for Progress (FFPr) Program, run by the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service, provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. The FFPr Program has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products. The FFPrProgram has prioritizedthe followingareas: the Cacao sector, the Cashew sector, the Vanilla sector, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards, and the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Awards: Estimated 5 awards ranging between $15 - $35 million per award, for a project between 3-5 years



NSF Linguistics Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards, Due: July 15, 2020

This program provides educational opportunities for  Graduate Students. The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, linguistic semantics and pragmatics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology. The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):

  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various components of our linguistic capacities?
  • How does language develop in children?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?

The Linguistics Program does not make awards to support clinical research projects, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction.

AwardsApproximately 25-35 awards will be made, ranging between $300,000-$400,000 per fiscal year.



New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions, Due: August 18, 2020

This notice solicits applications for the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program. This program is a joint initiative between the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The overarching goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions. Applications must be submitted by teams, composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution.

Awards: $50,000 for Level 1 over 24 months; $150,000 at Level 2 over 36 months



Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, Due: September 15, 2020

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. Awards of up to $15,000 will be made in three distinct categories:

  • Grants to US publishers for manuscripts considering American art in an international context
  • Grants to non-US publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art
  • Grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.

Awards: Up to $15,000 in three categories



Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Travel Grants Program, Due: September 15, 2020

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards grants of up to $2,200 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. A grant defrays travel and living expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library in Ann Arbor. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, but they will be responsible for the costs of travel between their home country and North America. The grants only cover travel within North America. Library collections focus on Federal policies, U.S. foreign relations, and national politics in the 1960s and 1970s. There are earlier and later materials depending upon your topic.

Awards: Estimated $45,000 available for grants



Grants for Japanese Studies, Due: November 1, 2020

The Japan Foundation offers several grant programs and fellowship opportunities in order to deepen the understanding of Japan in the United States. These programs support institutions, researchers, and students in the field of Japanese Studies. There are multiple grants available, including: 

  • Grant for Japanese Studies - aims to support projects that will enhance and deepen the understanding of Japan through academic exploration, i.e. conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures
  • Japanese Studies Fellowship Programsprovide support to outstanding scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan
  • Institutional Project Support (IPS) Programdesigned to encourage innovative and sustained growth of the Japanese Studies field in the United States through support for faculty or staff salaries, travel expenses, visiting scholar support, student support, acquisition of teaching materials, etc.
  • Institutional Project Support (IPS) – Small Grant Programdesigned to: (i) support institutions in the wake of severe budgetary cuts in funding for Japanese Studies in the U.S., (ii) stimulate infrastructural interest in Japanese Studies at small or newer institutions without an established program, and (iii) provide support for innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies

Awards: Varies by award, ranging from $5,000 - $150,000



Last updated: May 2020