Funding Opportunities

2016-2017 Call for Proposals 

The Global Asia Initiative (GAI) seeks proposals for seed funding of collaborative cluster projects relating to Asian Connections, referring to connections between societies within Asia as well as those that reveal meaningful connections between parts of Asia and other parts of the world. The amount of funding will vary from USD $20,000 – $25,000 for the first year beginning September 2016, and a second year of funding is contingent on a satisfactory review of the first-year project.  At the end of the first year, projects should produce, at a minimum, a full-fledged proposal submitted for a major grant to funding agencies in the US and globally. By the second year, the cluster should produce a research product – journal issue or published volume – as a result of their activities. The GAI’s goal is to develop sustainable research clusters on a theme, or evolving theme.

The proposal should:

  • Identify the significance of the theme/topic;
  • Identify the principal investigator (PI) and other researchers (which may include researchers from the RT area)
  • Identify network affiliates (U.S. or international), if any
  • Outline a tentative schedule of activities that will lead to the final goal (reading groups, seminars, workshops, sample surveys, etc.)

It is expected that the cluster be interdisciplinary (ideally even cross-faculty: humanities/social sciences/science/environment/public policy, etc.) We encourage proposals that use a vertically integrated model that includes undergraduate and graduate students in the proposed project and/or working group. While there is no restriction on the topic undertaken, the GAI has a particular interest in Environmental Humanities and related subjects in Asia.

The cluster should involve research in more than one country. While comparison is acceptable if it can demonstrate a deepening of understanding and explanations in all the societies concerned, the preference is to explore connections among societies.  There is also the phenomenon of convergent comparison: there are globally circulatory forces which demand local responses; these forces form the zone of convergence; the various sub-national, national and regional responses, in turn, form the basis of convergent comparison.

Proposals should be emailed to by June 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM, and follow the guidelines outlined below.

Proposal Guidelines

Cover Page 

  • Proposal title
  • Name, title, departmental affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of all proposed investigators
  • Designation of a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigators

Abstract (250 words maximum)

Research Plan (3-page maximum – single spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins all the way around)

  • Statement of research objectives and their significance
  • Work already completed related to the proposal, and any relevant preliminary results
  • Description of the research team (working group) and research setting
  • Collaborative nature of the project
  • Proposed methods and plans for data analysis
  • Research schedule and milestones
  • Potential for future grant support and specific plans to achieve external funding goals

Budget and Justification (1-page maximum)

Curriculum Vitae (including current grant support limited to 4 pages per investigator)