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UGPN RCF Proposal Form



The mission of the University Global Partnership Network is to develop sustainable world-class research, education and knowledge transfer through an active international network of selected universities collaborating in research, learning and teaching to benefit global society. The UGPN focuses on two priority areas: (1) promoting research with global impact (2) promoting global graduates: student experience and employability. Further information can be found at www.ugpn.org


Research proposals for the Research Collaboration Fund (RCF) should involve substantive engagement expected to lead to high quality outputs, such as international research training for graduate students or early career faculty, publication of joint papers from collaborative research or joint research bids to external funding agencies. It is expected that visiting staff will engage with the postgraduate curriculum at the host university and this activity should be clearly specified in the proposal. This can include teaching on postgraduate programmes, guest lectures, joint supervision or development of collaborative post-graduate programmes.


Previous RCF projects are listed online at: http://www.ugpn.org/Research

Proposals should be submitted by the Principal Investigator(s) no later than 17:00 (UTC) on Friday 31st May 2019





Goals of this award

  • To promote and facilitate high quality and long term research collaboration between faculty / researchers at UGPN partners in areas of strategic importance
  • To facilitate the publication of high quality joint research papers
  • To facilitate the submission of high quality research bids
  • To encourage PhD mobility and international engagement across Doctoral/Graduate programmes

Eligibility: applicants

  • Proposals are invited from permanent faculty (permanent, tenured or tenure track) at all UGPN universities and/or research professionals at NC State (those who comply with Sponsored Programs eligibility requirements)
  • All proposals must involve collaboration between university-eligible faculty from at least two of UGPN partners, with trilateral and quadrilateral collaboration welcome
  • Post-doctoral researchers based at the Universidade de São Paulo are not eligible to lead a project nor receive funding for mobility


  • Funding of up to US$10,000 (or the approximate AU$, £, R$ equivalent) per participating institution in each successful proposal will be made available (i.e. up to a maximum of US$20,000 for bilateral collaboration and up to a maximum of US$40,000 for quadrilateral collaboration)
  • Planned expenditures should be in line with the financial policies of the participating institutions
  • Proposals that include match funding from other sources are encouraged

Eligible costs

  • International and local travel
  • Accommodation
  • Subsistence (as outlined by each University’s staff expenditure policy)
  • Other costs associated with hosting workshops/seminars
  • Other costs associated with dissemination of results

Staffing costs are not eligible for inclusion. Consumables such as research equipment, IT equipment and/or funding for the use of a partner’s laboratory facilities should not be included.



  • Call for project proposals issued on 15 April 2019
  • Submission deadline – 17:00, 31st May 2019
  • Successful projects selected by 28 June 2019
  • Funded projects to be completed by 31 July 2020

Indicative activities

Funding will support the travel and subsistence costs associated with researchers spending time at partner institutions. Proposals that include opportunities for the exchange of postgraduate and PhD students are encouraged. Proposals may include collaborative activities such as:

  • Workshops, guest lectures and high-level seminars on multidisciplinary research areas with global impact
  • Video-conference seminars
  • Development of joint industry-research collaborations with global impact
  • Delivery of a joint publication or other output resulting from collaborative research or scholarship activities.
  • Collection of preliminary data to augment a full proposal with potential for global impact to a funding agency
  • Creation and support of resources such as websites, research collaboration sites, or other social networking tools to facilitate the dissemination of results
  • Development of a discipline-specific Dual PhD program by two network partners.

The above list is indicative and is not intended to be comprehensive. 


Format and Guidelines

UGPN research proposals must include the following sections:

  • Overview: Title of the project, principal investigator (typically one PI is nominated, although there can be one PI for each collaborating Partner if this is deemed useful), contact information, duration of project, a 1,000 character synopsis of the proposed project, and a list of 5 key words. 
  • Project Description: specifically address who your collaborators are, objectives of the collaboration, how the proposed activities align with the goals of the RCF, especially the potential for global impact. The description should include specific objectives and clearly articulate the activities or plan of work, which would be undertaken to achieve those objectives. It should be in sufficient detail that reviewers can evaluate the proposed plan according to the evaluation criteria.  Remember some reviewers may come from outside your discipline so use language that those lacking expertise in your area will understand. 

In addition, the following must be uploaded with the proposal :

  • Budget with Justification
  • CV (2 page maximum) of the PI(s) including Education, Professional Appointments, Synergistic Activities relevant to this grant application, and up to ten (10) publications related to this research or scholarship.
  • Letter(s) from Faculty Deans (or their designees) for each collaborating institution within the UGPN and from sources of any matching funds.







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