Faculty Grants

Faculty Interprofessional Global Health Grants

Israel Graywater Project team picture of interprofessional group of students with faculty mentors, Bill Percival and Julie Weisman

The Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) provides grant funding to faculty who develop an international project that includes at least two students from more than one school.  These projects typically take place with established overseas partners and involve research, capacity building, surveying, training programs, or key stakeholider interviews.  Look at our past projects for ideas - we can also meet to brainstorm.  Grants are typically $5,000 for 2-6 week projects.

Collaboration among professions and among schools is the focus of the interprofessional global health grant program.

"It is wonderful to be able to take students from various backgrounds and different professional schools with diverse travel histories to a country where they see firsthand the barriers and successes of HIV care and treatment in a resource-limited setting. To know that this brief experience can have such a profound and lasting impact on the students’ careers and perspectives on life is extremely rewarding." — David Riedel, MD, MPH, School of Medicine, Rwanda faculty mentor 

General Guidelines and Criteria

  • UMB faculty may apply for grant funds up to $5,000 to develop and lead interprofessional global health student projects. The project must be interprofessional and include at least two students representing at least two different UMB schools.
  • The number of grants awarded depends on the size of grant requests and resources available. Top priority is given to applicants who already have a project initiated or funded for which the global health grant is an add-on.
  • Grant funding must be used within 12 months of the award date and only for the purposes outlined in the proposal. At the end of the grant term, faculty will submit financial and program reports.
  • With some exceptions, a faculty member may receive only one award under this program.

Faculty Application and Instructions

Submission process: Please submit an online application

Deadlines: Applications for summer projects (May-August) are due Oct. 15. Faculty applications for winter/spring (December-March) projects are due June 15.

Instructions:

PART 1 – GENERAL INFORMATION: Project country, title, lead faculty, and number of students

  1. List the country for the proposed project.
  2. Provide the title of the proposed project.
  3. List the lead UMB faculty member for the project and requested information (if there are multiple faculty members involved, please list the person who will be responsible for administering the funds and communicating with our center).
  4. Provide the estimated dates of the project in the proposed country (please provide dates to reflect when you are in-country versus departing from or arriving back to the United States). When choosing dates, please consider local holidays and events such as elections that could impact your schedule and planned activities.
  5. Indicate the number of students you would like to participate in your project and any preferred disciplines.

PART 2 – PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Upload a project description that includes the following items.

  1. Provide information for all U.S.-based UMB faculty members involved in the project (name, title, department, email address, office, and mobile phone numbers) and their roles in the project.
  2. Provide information about the host country institution/organization(s):
    • Institution/organization name and address.
    • Contact information for in-country faculty member(s) or project administrator: provide name, position, email address, and phone numbers for each person. Specify the relationship between UMB faculty and in-country faculty and the length of that relationship/collaboration.
    • Primary in-country site staff who will assist with in-country logistics, if different from above: provide name, position, email address, and phone numbers for each person.
  3. A detailed description of your proposed project must include:
    • A proposed timeline of in-country activities.
    • Background of the project and significance - how does this project help the community you will work in, increase knowledge in a particular area, develop the student, and develop you as a faculty member.
    • Project goals and expected outcomes
    • Please, explain the tasks/projects students will undertake.
    • Describe the interprofessional component(s) of your proposed project. How will this project benefit from an interprofessional approach? Discuss how you will incorporate students from different disciplines.
    • Describe the plan for in-country lodging and transportation for students.
    • Discuss how cultural expectations will be communicated to students.  Address language barriers, if any, and how they will be addressed.
    • Describe the pre-departure sessions (minimum three to five sessions), activities, and assignments that students will be required to attend and complete.  Please, provide an approximate schedule for these preparation activities.  Note: The Center will hold a teambuilding and safety and security orientation.  Other pre-departure materials are available for participating faculty and students.
    • Are there any post-project requirements for students besides those required by the center (reflection essay, informationfor their project webpage, and participation in a global forum after they return)?  Are there opportunities for students to publish any project findings or write about their experience, such as a conference poster or journal article?
    • Indicate if your students will require human subjects training.  If applicable, have you updated your protocol and received IRB approval for students to participate in your research project or do you have a waiver?  Please, consider requirements of UMB's IRB as well as local IRBs in the proposed country.

PART 3 – SAFETY AND SECURITY AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Faculty grantees are responsible for the safety and security of all accompanying faculty and students during the project.

  • Describe how you and your in-country partners will address any medical or safety concerns for the proposed project country to ensure the safety and security of students.
  • Describe any specific restrictions or limitations with which students will be expected to comply for their safety, if applicable.  For example, in previous projects some restrictions have included not being out after dark, no travel on motorcycles, etc.

If you have questions or need assistance with addressing or creating a plan for safety and security, please, contact Bonnie Bissonette (bbissonette@umaryland.edu; 410-706-6331).

PART 4 – BUDGET

  1. Faculty grant (up to $5,000)
    • Please submit a project budget. Allowable costs include faculty travel, visa processing, ground transportation, lodging, per diem, travel clinic, preparation costs (e.g., cost of graduate student or in-country coordinator assistance), and other costs related to the project. Please, specify any shared costs with your in-country collaborators or from other grants.  We suggest you look at the sample applications to understand how to fill out the budget.
    • The Center will provide a separate travel grant to each participating student which will cover the cost of their airfare to the project country. Students will be responsible for covering the rest of the expenses for the trip. It is the decision of faculty leader(s) to propose using part of their faculty grant to cover student in-country expenses such as lodging and/or ground transportation. If faculty want to use their funding to reimburse the host organization, faculty will be responsible for managing the subcontract process within their own department.
  2. Student in-country expenses: As noted above, airfare for participating students will be covered by the center. Please, provide an estimate of out-of-pocket expenses that students will be expected to pay for the duration of their trip, which may include:
    • Visa.
    • Lodging (if not covered by the faculty grant).
    • Meals.
    • Ground transportation (if not covered by the faculty grant).
    • Incidentals like WiFi, tips, etc.
    • Travel clinic expenses (UMB vaccine fees are included in the budget template to help with estimates).

Sample Applications

Two UMB faculty members have generously agreed to share their successful proposals. Bonnie Bissonette is available to respond to questions about the application and the process.

Application Sample 1

Application Sample 2

Recent and past projects

Read about projects from previous years.

Timeline and deadlines

Faculty applications for winter projects are due June 15. Applications for summer projects are due Oct. 15. If the due date falls on a weekend, the application is due on the next work day.