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.

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NU Central Grants

The University of Nebraska (NU) system is also supports global engagement building on a tradition of success with international activities that will improve the educational outcomes for students at all institutions in the system. NU central administration periodically 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.


Collaboration Initiative, Retreat Registration: October 16, 2020 | Applications Due: January 11, 2021

The primary purpose of the Collaboration Initiative is to enhance competitiveness of University of Nebraska faculty for extramural funding by fully leveraging intellectual capacity and research resources across the campuses. The 2020-2021 funding opportunity is designed to facilitate and strengthen research collaborations among NU faculty. This year’s faculty-grant Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals from multi-campus multidisciplinary teams that help position them to compete for extramural funding. Researchable topics will not be administratively predefined, but applications must be designed to strengthen the team’s future funding proposal. All disciplines are encouraged to apply; projects must build towards a competitive extramural funding application. The 2020-2021 Collaboration Initiative will offer different funding opportunities for University of Nebraska researchers:

  • Team Formation and Publication Grants: One-year grants, of up to $7,500 each, to build new research collaborations across University of Nebraska campuses.
  • Preliminary Data and Application Preparation Grants: One-year grants, of up to $40,000 each, to strengthen research collaborations and generate preliminary data critical to extramural research proposal submission.
  • Team Seed Grants: Two-year grants, of up to $150,000 each, to strengthen existing and build new research collaborations among faculty with a track record of extramural research funding.

Proposals will not be considered for funding unless meaningful multi-campus and appropriate disciplinary collaborations are documented. Faculty employed by one University of Nebraska campus (UNK, UNL, UNMC, and UNO) must identify at least one collaborator affiliated with another campus. A retreat to facilitate multi-campus collaborations will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 via Zoom. Potential PIs/team leaders wishing to be eligible for funding must participate unless special dispensation is granted.

Awards: Varies by award; Principal Investigators must attend the required retreat on October 30, 2020 to be eligible to apply



UNL Grants

Global Experiences Innovation Fund, Due: January 20, 2021

During this period of uncertainty and adaptation, the field of international education has pivoted to embrace new modalities of global learning. At Nebraska, we are reimagining global experiences in Summer 2021 and beyond, to expand students' academic, professional, and intercultural learning. The Education Abroad Office, in partnership with the Office of Global Strategies, has created a Global Experiences Innovation Fund to support faculty and staff in the development and promotion of innovative virtual, on-campus or "glocal," and domestic programs for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. In addition, the Fund will support faculty and staff efforts to integrate education abroad more seamlessly into the curriculum.

Short-Term Goals:

  • Provide students with engaging global experiences despite the current travel restrictions and offer students opportunities to utilize their scholarship awards, such as the Gilman Scholarship.
  • Unleash creativity and possibility in virtual global programming, such as consulting projects and internships with organizations outside the U.S., multi-country comparative approaches, and connections to locations traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.
  • Recognize faculty commitment to providing students with new opportunities to engage globally, particularly in this challenging year of curricular adaptation.

Long-Term Goals:

  • Connect global programming at UNL to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and/or University of Nebraska's Grand Challenges.
  • Increase the total number of Nebraska students impacted each year by providing more opportunities to build global perspectives and intercultural competencies "at home."
  • Provide greater access to global learning for students lacking the financial means or the time in their programs to travel abroad.
  • By building students' intercultural confidence and interest, create new entry points to study abroad for students who may not have previously considered it.

Awards: Awards range from $1,000 - $8,000, with consideration given to higher amounts as warranted



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.


NSF Archaeology and Archaeometry Funding, Due: 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 December 20, 2020.

Awards: Varies according to category



Virtual Exchange Programs for English Language Educators, Due: January 29, 2021

FHI 360 invites proposals from U.S. educational institutions and non-profit organizations to design and implement virtual exchange programs for international, non-native English language educators. The U.S. Department of State's Office of English Language Programs recognizes the need to foster greater collaboration amongst teachers and students worldwide through virtual exchange programs. The English Language Educator Virtual Exchange Program is a professional development opportunity to enhance participants' knowledge and skills around a theme related to English language teaching and learning through the exchange and sharing of expertise in and knowledge between participants and American education professionals. The program will also reinforce best practices for use of educational technology and virtual engagement by highlighting and modeling these throughout the program.

The learning outcomes of each virtual exchange should include but not be limited to: (1) the ability to apply understanding of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) to interacting with other members of the exchange in appropriate and effective ways, (2) knowledge of how to participate in synchronous and asynchronous activities, (3) increased knowledge of English language teaching and learning within an online environment, (4) a better understanding of U.S. educational and cultural values and  practices as they relate to the topic of the exchange.

Awards: Up to $70,000



Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship, Due: February 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies Borlaug Participants based on country-specific topics of importance to international agricultural trade. USDA then places participants with U.S. research institutions for 10-12-week intensive programs. These programs are expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the participant and the institutions through a hands-on experience in a "real-world" agricultural research scenario, providing opportunity for application of research agendas where they can have a direct impact on food security and economic growth in an emerging economy.

The selected institution will design and implement a training program to meet the participant's proposed research goals and objectives to the closest extent possible. The selected institution will also include leadership and communication training to help the fellow better communicate research conducted under their fellowship to policy makers in their respective countries to help implement science-based agricultural policies.

Awards: Awards up to $60,000 each over 24 months



Last updated: December 14, 2020