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

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.


There are no grant opportunities available at this time.


UNL Grants

Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition, Letter of Intent Due: February 18, 2022

The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Research and Economic Development have committed $40 million toward the Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition. All proposals submitted to the Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition must be goal-driven.Two types of support are available through the Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition:

  • Planning grants: Proposals submitted in this category must describe the teaming, ideation, and development activities necessary for collaborative groups to coalesce around one or more of UNL’s grand challenge themes. The expected outcome for an interdisciplinary team receiving a planning grant is that they will prepare a catalyst award proposal. Planning grant proposals may request up to $150,000 for a maximum 24-month project period.
  • Catalyst awards: Proposals submitted in this category must describe a plan of work for implementing a goal-based project developed in response to one or more of UNL’s grand challenge themes. The expected outcome for an interdisciplinary team receiving a catalyst award is that they will demonstrate measurable progress toward their goal and project sustainability. Catalyst award proposals may request the level of support necessary to pursue the project goal during a period that may not exceed five years.

Awards: Varies according to award type; up to $10 million available for allocation in each year


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.


Examining History to Explore the Future: France, the United States, and China 2050, Due: October 7, 2021

The Andrew W. Marshall Foundation seeks nominations of French and American scholars and practitioners to participate in a team project from December 2021 to September 2022 examining how France and the United States' histories with China may influence their respective relations with China through 2050. This project is part of a larger effort by AWMF to support people interested in exploring how a nation’s history may shape its future. From these nominations, AWMF will assemble one French team and one American team. Each team member will have a distinct disciplinary or experiential background.  

Awards: Team honorarium of $20,000, split between 3-5 member team



Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations, Due: October 11, 2021

The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations. The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand research challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to cooperatively identify and coordinate efforts to address knowledge gaps and research needs.

Awards: Estimated 10-14 awards of up to $10 million



Jefferson Science Fellows Program, Due: October 15, 2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2022 Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program. Established by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development through on-site work at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows' interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as experienced consultants for short-term projects. The JSF program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. 

Awards: Approximately 10-15 fellowships for a 1-year period with a $50,000 living expenses stipend and up to $10,000 for fellowship travel



Last updated: September 20, 2021