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Internal Awards, Fellowships & Prizes

Arts and Humanities

The faculty scholarship support programs outlined below apply to all tenure-track faculty members on all campuses in the departments and schools of the Division of Arts and Humanities. The Division of Arts and Humanities extends thanks to Ohio State's Office of Research for their support of this program.

General Conditions

Associated faculty, lecturers, instructors, and others on term assignments, visiting faculty, and emeritus faculty will not ordinarily receive consideration for these awards. Arts and Humanities resources are available to continuing faculty only: faculty who announce their termination to begin employment at another institution, or who are notified of the nonrenewal of their appointments, are ineligible for these funds.

Recipients of awards should acknowledge the aid of Arts and Humanities in any publication, performance, exhibit, or engagement project resulting from a granting of funds.​

  • Available on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.
  • Assistant professors who have exhausted their start-up funds are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty with individual research accounts must have exhausted those funds before applying for Small Grants. The unit’s fiscal officer will confirm that research funds are exhausted in Docusign.
  • Faculty who receive scholarship support from their departments must have exhausted those funds before applying for Small Grants, or must direct the remainder of those funds towards the Small Grant project (with a combined budget cap of the amount of the request). The unit’s fiscal officer will confirm that this is the case in Docusign.
  • Retroactive applications (e.g. for completed travel) will not be considered.
  • Grants cannot be used for subscriptions to journals available in University Libraries, the development of teaching materials used in the classroom, administrative expenses, the support of scholars visiting Ohio State, or to purchase a course release from teaching.
  • Any equipment purchased with grant funds remains the property of The Ohio State University and is assigned to the TIU of the funding recipient.
  • All applications require review and endorsement by the department chair or school director.
  • Applications for a second award in a given category may be considered, if funding is available, but require departmental matching funds with the College and the relevant department or school each awarding 50% of the total amount.
  • Applications will only be accepted using Docusign form links below. No applications will be accepted through email. 

Please submit proposals using the links below. For questions, please contact Dean of Arts and Humanities Dana Renga.

A. Online Conferences, Performances and Exhibitions, and International Travel

  • Grants to cover registration fees for professional conferences or exhibition and performance opportunities taking place in an online format;up to $300 per online conference, performance or exhibition, except in cases of extraordinary circumstances
  • Travel grants up to $2,000 used to defray expenses associated with travel to conferences, research sites, and exhibition and performance sites both domestic and international.

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B. Exhibition, Performance, and Studio Work

  • Expert Reviewers, Adjudicators, and Consultants. Grants up to $2,000, $500 towards each honoraria and up to $1,500 to defray travel costs if incurred: Used to provide honoraria for expert reviewers, adjudicators, and consultants in order to finish projects, performances, and exhibitions. Virtual collaborations involve one or two experts while in person collaborations host one expert and cover travel, accommodations, and meals up to $1,500. The awardees’ home department will be responsible for all logistical arrangements. Open to all tenure-track faculty, however assistant professors within two years of tenure and promotion will receive priority consideration.
  • Grants up to $2,000: Used to defray expenses associated with creation, presentation, and performance of creative work, the cost of tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering a music recording, and the costs related to production of a catalogue in conjunction with an exhibition.

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C. Manuscript Preparation

  • Faculty Book Manuscript Workshops. Grants up to $2,000, $500 towards each honoraria and up to $1,500 to defray travel costs if incurred: Used to defray expenses associated with funding one or two expert readers in fields where publishing a monograph is required for tenure and promotion. Experts will be asked to provide substantive written comments prior to participating in a workshop which will also include one or two faculty experts from Ohio State. Virtual workshops host one or two experts while in person workshops host one expert and cover travel, accommodations, and meals up to $1,500. The goal of this award is to transform an already strong manuscript into a work ready to be submitted to a press. The awardees’ home department will be responsible for all logistical arrangements. Open to all tenure-track faculty, however assistant professors within two years of tenure and promotion will receive priority consideration.
  • Grants up to $2,000. Used to defray expenses associated with the physical preparation of a manuscript, online materials project, translation, or edition; the purchase of photographs, other images, or illustrations; the cost of permissions; and/or the cost of duplication and postage.
  • The cost of book indexing is typically not allowed under the terms of this program.

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D. Publication Subvention

  • Available to all tenure-track faculty on all Ohio State campuses.
  • Preference given to junior faculty requiring assistance to publish a single-authored monograph.
  • Requires cost sharing: grant of up to $4,000, with the College and the relevant department or school each awarding 50% of the total amount.
  • Available only to offset required subventions at established presses known to the university community.
  • Subventions will not be provided to lower the market price of a manuscript accepted for publication.

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The Course Release Program funds scholarship in the Arts and Humanities, providing instructional replacement for faculty excused from teaching a course to concentrate on scholarly pursuits. All course releases for FY25 will take place in Autumn 2024 or Spring 2025. Applications due on January 19, 2024.


The Course Release Program funds course releases for faculty research/creative activity at any project phase (including time to start a new project, make progress on a project, or complete a project). Priority will be given to faculty who are preparing for promotion, with preference first for promotion to professor and second for promotion to associate professor.

  • Retroactive applications for courses already taught will not be considered.
  • Faculty members can apply for one course release every other academic year. 
  • Faculty members who receive course releases in AY24-25 from special assignment, FPLs, and other grants or fellowship programs are ineligible to apply. If a course release is awarded and then the faculty member receives a special assignment, FPL, or grant to buyout course(s) then the course release will be revoked. Faculty who receive a course release for substantial university service are eligible to apply (e.g. Vice-Chair, DGS, DUS). Department chairs and school directors are ineligible to apply.
  • Assistant Professors who have course releases during their first four years of employment are ineligible to apply.
  • Faculty awarded a course release will still be expected to perform regular service and advising obligations.
  • A committee of Arts & Humanities faculty will oversee the selection process.
  • Funding will be provided to units to cover course reductions at a standard lecturer replacement rate.
  • All applications require that the department chair, school director, or regional dean (for regional faculty) submit via Docusign a very brief statement of support that also certifies that, at the time of application, the applicant does not have other course releases for the reasons mentioned above.
  • In the case of multiple applications in a unit, once the application deadline has passed, the department chair, school director, and/or regional will provide a simple ranking of all applications.
  • Applications will only be accepted using Docusign form links below. No applications will be accepted through email. 

For questions, please contact Dean of Arts and Humanities Dana Renga.

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The Larger Grants Program funds individual and collaborative scholarship in the Arts and Humanities. The program supports tenure track A&H faculty in on all Ohio State campuses who are conducting scholarship in the arts or humanities. In FY24 application deadlines are November 3, 2023 and February 2, 2024, for fall and spring allocations, respectively.

A. New Project Gra​nts

  • Individual faculty grants up to $7,500
  • Collaborative faculty grants up to $15,000

Used to facilitate any aspects of a new scholarly or creative project, including but not restricted to extended scholarship travel (subject to university and other travel restrictions), special language programs, technical training, or other educational opportunities; hiring graduate or undergraduate scholarship assistants; purchasing books, archival materials, special equipment, or necessary materials for scholarship activity.

  • Collaborative grants must include at least two tenure track A&H faculty
  • Assistant professors who have exhausted their start-up funds are eligible to apply.
  • May not be used to fund release time, buy computers, buy equipment already available for loan from the University, support the editorial work of a journal, subsidize conferences hosted by scholarly organizations, or for curriculum development.
  • A committee of Arts & Humanities faculty will oversee the selection process.
  • Each project is eligible for one award as a "new project." Grants are typically disbursed over an 18-month period beginning with the date of the award. The disbursement timeline may be extended for a further 12 months with the permission of Dean of Arts and Humanities Dana Renga.

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B. Completion Grants

  • Individual faculty grants up to $7,500
  • Collaborative faculty grants up to $15,000

Used to facilitate any aspect of a scholarly or creative project, with the intention of bringing the project to completion.

  • Collaborative grants must include at least two tenure track A&H faculty
  • Assistant professors who have exhausted their start-up funds are eligible to apply.
  • May not be used to fund release time, buy computers, buy equipment already available for loan from the University, support the editorial work of a journal, subsidize conferences hosted by scholarly organizations, or for curriculum development.
  • A committee of Arts & Humanities faculty will oversee the selection process. Each project is eligible for one award as a "completion project.” Grants are typically disbursed over an 18-month period beginning with the date of the award. The disbursement timeline may be extended for a further 12 months with the permission of Dean of Arts and Humanities Dana Renga.

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Conference Support Grants Up to $15,000


Used to support organizing scholarly conferences. Scholarly events must be held in person on the Ohio State campus or in Columbus (although event can have a virtual component). Funds can be used to offset the costs of facilities rental; catering; transportation, lodging and, honoraria for speakers, publicity, supplies, etc. In FY24 application deadlines are November 3, 2023 and February 2, 2024, for fall and spring allocations, respectively.

  • Assistant professors who have exhausted their start-up funds are eligible to apply.
  • May not be used to fund graduate student associates, release time, buy computers, buy equipment already available for loan from the university, support the editorial work of a journal, or for curriculum development.
  • A committee of Arts & Humanities faculty will oversee the selection process. 
  • Each conference is eligible for one award. Grants are typically disbursed over an 18-month period beginning with the date of the award. The disbursement timeline may be extended for a further 12 months with the permission of Dean of Arts and Humanities Dana Renga.

For questions, please contact Dana Renga.

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In the rare instance when an extension request outside the original timeline and project proposal is necessary, please provide the following to Dean of Arts and Humanties Dana Renga:

  • One-page update on the research to date (with a statement for why the project needs to be extended)
  • Remaining funds and how the balance of funds will be used
  • Projected new timeline

The extension request is circulated to the committee for review and comment and the Associate Dean will notify the researcher of the committee's recommendation.

Arts and Humanities faculty have available to them several resources to support the search for external funding for research and creative activity. These resources include:

  1. Grants Support, Grant Writing and Management, and Finding Funds. For information and advice about professional development planning, and to develop proposals for grants and sponsored programs please contact Shelly Anderson (anderson.707@osu.edu), Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist, College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Finding Funding. Consult the Finding Funding section with the Office of Research. If you are interested in locating non-governmental (private/foundation) funding sources, you may want to schedule a consultation with Foundation Relations.
  3. Grant Submission. If you are planning to submit to a federal organization, you should work with Shelly Anderson and also loop in your Sponsored Program Officer, Cierra Hall (hall.3242@osu.edu). Cierra will do the final proposal review and submission. Please ensure that Cierra is notified of all pending applications for funding well before the application deadline.
  4. Questions? The College’s Office of Research Services is available to support you by answering questions about cost share, F&A, reporting, red team reviews, effort certifications, and offering guidance on federal and college policy to support your research.

The Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts-Community Outreach Grant is open for educational and engagement projects connecting the visual and performing arts at The Ohio State University with the Columbus community. Applicants may be Ohio State students, staff, or faculty, and projects should bring the arts to the Columbus community via established centers and schools. The grant may be used for direct or indirect support involving visual and performing arts at The Ohio State University.

Engagement efforts may include but are not limited to: performances for elementary, middle and high schools or senior centers; artist-in-residence programs; teacher training; individually designed arts packages such as curriculum using the arts to teach a non-arts course such as social studies in elementary schools.

Either one grant of $4500 or two grants of $2250 will be awarded. Grant requests awards cannot exceed $4500.

Applications are evaluated on the proposed use of funds and the potential benefits for the community, the department, and the university.

Applications are due in November each year for projects starting the following January. Questions should be directed to: Dana Renga (renga.1@osu.edu).


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact: Ryan King (king.2065@osu.edu)

The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) supports the following programs related to faculty research and professional development. See below for descriptions and application instructions. These programs are open to faculty with primary affiliations or TIUs in SBS departments.

International travel grants support faculty researchers when they are invited to present research findings at professional meetings abroad (outside of the North American continent). Up to $2,000 may be requested from the division, with a required match from the applicant’s department of 25% of the total amount. For example, departments must agree to provide $500 if SBS is providing $2,000.

Application instructions (Note: requests are reviewed on a rolling basis):

  • Applicants should discuss the request with the department chair and confirm that the department will cover the required 25%.
  • Submit a request to SBS Divisional Dean Ryan King (king.2065@osu.edu) and copy the department chair. Submissions should include the following:
    • a letter requesting funds;
    • documentation of the paper to be presented (e.g., a page from the meeting program listing the presentation or an invitation letter);
    • confirmation that the department chair or school director approves; and
    • an estimated budget including approximate costs for flight, per diem, lodging, ground transportation, etc.

The number funded requests will be determined by the availability of funds.

The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences supports faculty and students in their efforts to engage in professional development opportunities. The division also supports faculty — tenure track and non-tenure track — in their efforts to enrich existing classes, learn new techniques for effective instruction, and develop new courses or modalities. Faculty may also request funds on behalf of graduate students to participate in methodological training workshops during the summer, such as those offered by the ICPSR, with preference given to workshops that are crucial to the successful completion of the student’s dissertation. The maximum award is $5,000, which can support registration fees and travel.

Application instructions (Note: requests are reviewed on a rolling basis):

  1. Consult with the department chair and confirm that the chair or school director supports the request.
  2. Submit a 1-2 page description of the professional development opportunity and how it will benefit the faculty member, students, and/or contribute to the teaching or research missing of the college. Submit this document to Divisional Dean Ryan King (king.2065@osu.edu) and copy the department chair. Include an itemized budget estimate.
  3. Describe expected deliverables, if relevant.

The number of funded projects will be determined by the availability of funds.

CBI provides seed funding for cross-college collaborations that push the boundaries of our knowledge and capabilities in brain injury research. CBI also offers equipment cost-share funding, travel awards, undergraduate summer fellowships, and other resources to our members.

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Named in honor of Henry Heinz Brecher, one of the longest serving scientists at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.  Henry came to OSU in 1962 as a student and research assistant and went on to become a Byrd research staff member for over 25 years.  Henry retired from his research position at OSU in 1989; however, 30+ years later, he still comes in to the Byrd Center almost every day to volunteer and collaborate in the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group, as well as participate in many other Byrd activities.

Henry’s energy and stamina were well suited for fieldwork and thus most of his roles included fieldwork with many OSU faculty and graduate students in a variety of regions of the world.  His proficiency at photogrammetry was unmatched and resulted in many maps of extent and motion of glaciers and ice sheets and contributed to successful research projects.

Due to Henry’s long, outstanding record with the Byrd Center, in addition to his many technical achievements in both the field and office, the Byrd Center has established this award in his name.   Any faculty, staff or student who is involved in any work effort or research project at the Byrd Center may be nominated for this award.


An adviser or supervisor may nominate individuals who have served on a Byrd Center project/team/work effort for at least 12 months.   Supervisor(s) or advisor(s) should provide a letter of support for the nomination.   Please send nominations via email to the Byrd Center Director and Administrative Manager.


Criteria for Eligibility:

  • The $5,000 award is available to graduate students, faculty and independent scholars, with or without a current institutional affiliation.
  • We invite both foreign and domestic applicants to apply.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Applicant must live outside of the Columbus metropolitan area and more than 60 miles from the Ohio State University's main campus.

Application Process:

Applicants must demonstrate a need to utilize our collections onsite to be eligible for the award.

  • Each applicant must provide a statement addressing the topic of their proposed study, not to exceed two pages.  Be sure to include the relevance of the Polar Archives collections to your research, as well as the proposed outcome of the research. (Example: book or article publication, presentation at scholarly conference, thesis or dissertation research, etc.) 
  • Each applicant must submit their curriculum vitae/resume, including name, title, contact information and education.  This document should not exceed three pages.  
  • Each applicant must submit one letter of recommendation evaluating the proposed project.  The letter may be sent separately from the other materials, but applicants need to include the name, e-mail address and relationship of the person writing the letter to the applicant.  
  • All application materials should be submitted electronically to polararchives@osu.edu.

Important Dates:

  • Call for proposals: September 29, 2023
  • Deadline for applications: November 1, 2023
  • Decisions emailed: December 15, 2023
  • Timing of the research visit will be mutually arranged, but recipient must plan the research visit between July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025

Other important details:

  • Recipients will share their work with the university community through an open presentation, blog post or other appropriate means within the 12 months of the fiscal year following the successful notification of the award.  
  • Any products of the research (publications, etc.) must acknowledge the Polar Archives Research Award and any contributions by Polar Archives faculty or staff.   A copy of any publication resulting from or informed by the research must be submitted to the Polar Archives. 

Questions: Contact Laura Kissel, Polar Curator kissel.4@osu.edu


Lois M. Jones (1935-2000) was a geochemist from The Ohio State University who led the first all-women research expedition to Antarctica in 1969 and became one of the first women to reach the South Pole. In recognition of her trailblazing work; to recollect the advances that have been made; and to acknowledge continued work to increase access within the sciences, engagement with new communities and communication to different audiences, the Byrd Center Education and Outreach Team has established the Lois M. Jones Award for Science Access, Engagement and Communication.

Any member of the Byrd Center may be nominated who has done significant work to advance one or more of the following causes in any scientific field, including but not limited to polar and climate research:

  • Increasing access of underrepresented communities to science education, opportunities and careers.
  • Engaging new communities in the research enterprise in ways that may include but are not limited to collecting data, co-producing products, or utilizing findings.
  • Improving or expanding communication of scientific information, research findings, or applied knowledge to audiences in formats that may include but are not limited to print, spoken word and digital media.

Nominees should also exemplify the following criteria:

  • Genuine collaborator who wants to share their knowledge end experiences with other Center members.
    Tenacity in overcoming obstacles and connecting people.
    Be a current or former members of the Byrd Center (including faculty, researchers, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, retired members, etc.).

This award will be given annually. Nomination letters should be submitted to Laura Kissel, Byrd Center Archives Curator, at kissel.4@osu.edu . Letters should clearly articulate how the nominee meets the criteria listed above, including specific examples.

IPR offers seed grants to nurture and promote population research, with a focus on research that will eventually result in external funding. Seed grants can be used to collect or acquire data, conduct preliminary analyses, develop new collaborations, or other activities that help strengthen research proposals. Priority is given to research that falls within one or more of IPR's four thematic areas: (i) Sexual and Reproductive Health; (ii) Family Demography; (iii) Mortality and Health over the Life Course; (iv) Migration. We especially value research that fits within the scientific mission of the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch

Click here for examples of past IPR seed grants.

Applicants must be OSU faculty or have PI status at OSU. Unfortunately, we are unable to fund research activities that take place outside the United States. (We can fund research using data collected internationally as long as all funds are spent in the U.S.)

We encourage applications from junior faculty, from faculty new to population and health research, and from multidisciplinary groups. Applications from junior faculty should identify a faculty mentor at OSU.

Contact IPR Interim Director Reanne Frank (frank.219@osu.edu) with any questions about scientific content or project fit. Contact Jill Morris [morris.856@osu.edu] with any questions about application materials, budgets, or other aspects of the application process.

IPR seed grants fall into one of two classes:

1.    Small and Focused Projects. These projects are twelve months’ duration (with option for no-cost extension) and have a budget up to $40,000. R01, R21, R03, and K applications to NICHD are common outcomes.

2.    Large Multi-Investigator Projects. These projects have a maximum duration of twenty-four months and maximum budget of $85,000. The expected outcome is application(s) for substantial external funding. Teams contemplating applying for a large IPR seed grant are advised to discuss their plans with IPR Director Hayford.

The goal of this program is to seed projects that will eventually lead to successful proposals for external funding. The structure of seed grant projects and the activities they fund can take many forms; in particular, seed grants need not immediately result in published research products. However, all seed grant proposals should clearly describe how the activities supported by the seed grant will contribute to the development of the external proposal (for example, by providing preliminary data; by demonstrating feasibility of an approach; by furthering knowledge of a research field; etc.).

Seed grant recipients are required to acknowledge IPR in any presentations or publications resulting from the seeded project. IPR should be included as a recipient of indirect costs on any application for external funding submitted based on the seeded project.

Application Format, Templates and Deadlines

Allowable expenses under IPR seed grants include:  limited investigator salary (academic year or summer); GRA stipend and tuition; salary for other research staff (research scientist, post-doctoral fellow); research materials, data acquisition; preliminary analysis (including software development); pilot fieldwork and instrument development; meetings with visitors and shared support for multidisciplinary teams of researchers (including travel expenses); consultation with collaborators and experts outside OSU. 

The grant application includes a 6-page (maximum) description of the project, following the instructions linked below; a cover page; a budget and budget justification; and an NIH-format biosketch for each investigator. 

Seed Grant Application Instructions and Review Criteria

Seed Grant Rules and PI Responsibilities

Seed Grant Cover Page

Budget template

NIH biosketch

Pending available funding, IPR conducts two grant calls each year with deadlines the third Wednesday in October and the first Wednesday in March. Start dates are approximately January 1 (for October submissions) or June 1 (for March submissions). 

Combine all application materials (except budget) into a single pdf and submit proposals via this form.

NICHD Population Dynamics Branch [PDB] scientific mission:

PDB supports research in demographyreproductive health, and population health:

·       In demography, the Branch supports research on the scientific study of human populations, including fertility, mortality and morbidity, migration, population distribution, nuptiality, family demography, population growth and decline, and the causes and consequences of demographic change.

·       In reproductive health, the Branch supports behavioral and social science research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and infertility.

·       In population health, the Branch supports data collection and research on human health, productivity, behavior, and development at the population level, using such methods as inferential statistics, natural experiments, policy experiments, statistical modeling, and gene/environment interaction studies. 


Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Contact: Susan Olesik (olesik.1@osu.edu)

The Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (NMS) supports the following programs related to faculty research and professional development. See below for descriptions and application instructions. These programs are open to faculty with primary affiliations or TIUs in NMS departments.

We invite proposal submissions to the Natural and Mathematical Sciences Exploration Grants Program (EGP). The main goal of the EGP is to enable acquisition of preliminary data on highly innovative research ideas in support of new single PI or collaborative federal grant proposal submissions within 12 months of EGP funding completion. Proposals from junior and senior level faculty are welcome.

EGP details and eligibility criteria:
(1)The proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document via email to Matt Thompson (thompson.1325@osu.edu) by 5.00 PM on October 2, 2023.(2)Grants will provide one (1) year of funding with a total budget (college + dept) in the $10,000 –$50,000 range, with the requirement that college funds are matched by department funds on a 50:50 basis.(3)The college anticipates funding on the order of 10-15 EGP proposals per academic year.(4)Any NMS tenure-track faculty may serve as PI on an EGP proposal.(5)Faculty serving as PI of an awarded EGP grant in one year may not submit another EGP proposal as PI in the following year.(6)A final report is due to the college 12 months following EGP award completion that documents progress toward accomplishment of the goals of the proposal and submission of a federal grant proposal based on EGP funding. Failure to submit the final report and federal grant proposal based on EGP funding will result in the PI and co-PIs being ineligible for future EGP proposal submissions.


EGP proposal preparation guidelines:

  1. Proposals should be single spaced with 1-inch margins and 12pt or larger Arial, Times New Roman or Palatino Linotype fonts and include the sections below in the order specified.
  2. Cover page with project title, PI name and department and co-PI names and departments (1 page).
  3. Project summary section detailing the project scope and aims (1 page).
  4. Research plan section that includes sub-sections on the significance of the project and how the project aims will be accomplished (4 pages or less, including any figures).
  5. Bibliography (3 pages or less).
  6. Description of the federal funding opportunity (including any relevant RFP document) connected with the EGP proposal that the PI plans to pursue within 12 months of EGP award completion.
  7. Detailed budget and budget justification (1 page). Allowable expenses include personnel support for students or staff (no faculty salary support), graduate student tuition and fees, and materials, supplies and services. Graduate student stipends and tuition and fees can only be paid during the period that the grant is active.
  8. CVs for all PIs and co-PIs (2 pages each).
  9. Short support letter from the Department Chair stating the intent to provide the required matching funds if the proposal is selected for funding.

EGP proposal review criteria:

  • Significance
  • Innovation
  • Alignment of PI and co-PIs skill set with proposed work.
  • Likely ability of proposing PI or group to achieve the project aims within the proposal time period.
  • Alignment of proposal with federal grant submission

EGP proposal review process:
An NMS-wide faculty committee chaired by the Associate Dean for Research will review the proposals based on the review criteria above. For each competition, the committee will be assembled after receipt of the proposals to ensure appropriate expertise and avoid conflicts of interest.
The Associate Dean for Research will submit the proposal rankings, funding recommendations and detailed reviews to the NMS Dean.
The NMS Dean will make the final decisions on which proposals will be funded and on the funding amount.


Contact: Chris Jaroniec (jaroniec.1@osu.edu

The University/College supports the following programs related to faculty research and professional development. See below for descriptions and application instructions.

The program will provide up to $2.5 million in seed support for cross- and interdisciplinary research during the 2023-24 academic year

Ohio State aims to grow its research and innovation enterprise and increase its research eminence among the nation’s and the world’s research universities by attracting more externally sponsored research funding, enabling curiosity-driven research and discoveries, and addressing large, complex societal challenges. 

Towards these goals, the President’s Research Excellence (PRE) program, established in 2021 by the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge, provides seed support for cross- and interdisciplinary research that have the potential to attract external funding. This year the university will award up to $2.5 million in PRE grants. 

Specifically, the PRE program supports:

  • Accelerator proposals are for small teams formed to pursue curiosity-driven, novel, high-risk and high-reward research. The grants may be up to $50,000. 
  • Catalyst proposals are for large cross- and interdisciplinary teams to pursue large-scale, high-impact research that addresses emerging or existing challenges of national and international societal importance, generates long-term, sustained, and significant impact, and positions Ohio State as the leader in this area. These grants may be up to $200,000. 


A lead PI for this program must be a faculty member, either tenure/tenure track or research, or a clinical-track faculty member who is engaged in research. PI status at Ohio State is required for all lead PIs. Co-PIs can be faculty, research staff or post-docs from intellectually distinct disciplines. Proposing teams must include a minimum of three Ohio State researchers from distinctively different interdisciplinary areas.    

Please note: researchers may only be named as PI or Co-PI on a single PRE project proposal per Accelerator or Catalyst competition. If any researcher is named as PI or Co-PI on more than one proposal in the same competition (Accelerator or Catalyst), only the first proposal submitted, as indicated by the time and date stamp from the submission site, will be reviewed and any proposal submitted with a duplicate investigator named after that will be disqualified. Any PI or Co-PI named on an active, awarded PRE project (Accelerator or Catalyst) cannot be named as such on another PRE proposal (Accelerator or Catalyst) until the awarded PRE project period ends. 


The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) facilitates and supports the translation of scientific discoveries into innovations that improve health for all. 

To achieve this mission and advance translational research, the CCTS awards vouchers to provide funding support for investigators who require assistance from an Ohio State or a Nationwide Children’s Hospital core service to enable preliminary work and generate data for new or ongoing projects. Vouchers may also be used to secure fee-based core services for expert consultation services (such as biostatistics) with the ultimate goal of furthering clinical and translational research. These awards are intended to be used on projects that are ready for services immediately (“just in time” data).

To facilitate innovative research, the CCTS will award vouchers to Ohio State and Nationwide Children's Hospital investigators worth up to $3,000. To support new collaborations, the CCTS will award Ohio State and Nationwide Children's Hospital investigators up to $5,000 for projects involving researchers from two different colleges or institutions.

The voucher program processes applications on a rolling basis.


We know that tackling complex societal challenges requires researchers to learn new ways to collaborate that integrate multiple disciplinary approaches – we want to help you develop the skills and confidence to work on and lead effective interdisciplinary research teams.

As part of the 2024 Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy, you will complete a nine-week in-person research leadership development program designed for faculty across disciplines. Participants will be recognized as GRO Research Leadership Fellows and will begin a relationship with the Office of Knowledge Enterprise, which offers continued support for interdisciplinary team formation and large, complex proposal development.

GRO Academy Briefing

Miss the virtual GRO Academy Briefing? 

View the briefing

GRO Academy Participants

Who participates in the GRO Academy?

Meet the 2024 GRO cohort 

Who can apply?

Faculty from any campus who are interested in leading research teams, especially interdisciplinary ones. We welcome your self-nomination regardless of prior experience leading or working on interdisciplinary research. We especially encourage mid-career faculty to apply!

  • If you are interested in working on interdisciplinary teams but have not done so yet, GRO Academy will help you apply new knowledge for cultivating connections that will expand your research portfolio.
  • If you are currently engaged in interdisciplinary research, GRO Academy will position you to take the next step and effectively lead a collaboration.
  • If you already have a leading role on an interdisciplinary team, GRO Academy will help you align your team’s activities with team science principles to maximize its success.

Why should I consider applying to GRO Academy?

  • You will be recognized as a research leader at Ohio State and designated as a GRO Fellow.
  • You will gain self-knowledge, learn about leadership and team science principles, and develop practical skills that you can use right away.
  • You will grow your network through interactions with fellow cohort members, GRO Academy alumni, facilitators from across campus and national experts, and Office of Knowledge Enterprise staff during this experience and after.
  • It is offered at no cost if you are selected to participate.

What is the program structure?

The 2024 GRO Academy runs from February 9 - April 12, 2024 (excluding spring break) and is comprised of approximately 32 hours of program participation, including preparation and attendance at:

  • A half-day, in-person, kickoff retreat at the STEAM Factory (Friday, February 9) 
  • Eight, two-hour in-person sessions on Main Campus held on Fridays from 2 - 4 p.m., from February 16 through April 12 (excluding spring break)
  • Eight, one-hour-long intersession small group discussions held over Zoom at mutually agreeable times on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays each week

The Friday sessions are highly interactive and will support your knowledge development  with active exercises and practical applications. The weekly small-group sessions are held by Zoom and led by GRO Academy alumni. They will enable you to reflect on, apply, or practice what you learned in the large-group sessions.

Topics for our in-person workshops may include:

  • Connecting with your career vision
  • Developing your personal and team research leadership style
  • Creating collaboration agreements
  • Selecting team communication, collaboration, and task management tools
  • Building diverse and inclusive research teams
  • Handling conflict in research teams
  • Creative problem-solving when leading interdisciplinary projects
  • Creating shared vision and role clarity for your research team

Each week will require about one hour of pre-work. Depending on the topic, this may include short readings, self-assessments, videos, or case studies. Over the 9-week program, participants will also develop a 3 to 5-year research leadership plan.

Self-nomination Materials and Selection

To apply, please prepare a 3-4-page document consisting of a short CV and a personal statement. Please also include a headshot and bio (200 words max) to be publicly distributed if selected as a 2024 GRO Research Leadership Fellow. Applications are due Friday, November 17, 2024 at 5 p.m.

  • A brief CV or biosketch (≈ 2 pages). You can use an NSF or NIH format biosketch or other CV you have prepared for another purpose. 
  • A 1-2-page personal statement, discussing: 1) how participation in GRO Academy will help you achieve your long-term research goals and contribute to interdisciplinary research in the context of your field; 2) your prior experiences (positive or negative) working as part of a collaborative team, including the nature and purpose of the team and your role within the collaboration; 3) a description of your research plan/goals for the next 3-5 years, including any plans to apply for federal funding.  
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, title/rank, email, department, and college (not included in page limit).
  • Please save the combined 3-4 page application plus cover page as follows: lastname, firstname_college_GROAcademy
  • Please upload a headshot named: lastname, firstname_college_photo
  • Please upload a short bio (200-word max) named: lastname, firstname_college_bio

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About the Program

The President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP), supported by the Office of the President, was launched in January 2018 to recognize highly-qualified postdoctoral trainees who will become leaders in their fields.  The program supports the scholarly efforts and training of terminal degree holders (PhD and others) who wish to pursue careers in research and creative inquiry, as well as providing professional development and networking opportunities.

This program includes salary support and full benefits (health insurance, tuition assistance, and paid leave) provided by the Office of the President and the scholar’s faculty mentor and sponsor college. PPSP scholars also receive funds from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to support research, creative expression, and professional development-related expenses.

Read more about the program and eligibility criteria here.

Important Considerations

  • The PPSP award is for two years. Colleges will have to provide assurance that there is a commitment to fund the awardee for a full two years.
  • The funding structure changed to make the PPSP and the rest of the funding units contributions the same each year.
  • Though not a requirement, ideal faculty mentors are those who have some experience mentoring postdoctoral scholars and trainees. Co-mentors are encouraged for anyone who does not have much experience mentoring postdoctoral scholars and trainees. See the eligibility criteria section for more information. Co-mentors should be faculty at Ohio State University.
  • The nominating faculty must have a conversation with their college liaison and discuss the funding plan before submitting the form of intent.

Positioning for success

In alignment with the university’s goal to double sponsored research within this decade, the Strategic Research Travel Program provides up to 50% of total costs not to exceed $1,500 per person for Ohio State faculty and principal investigators to travel to meet with one or more external research sponsors to conduct the following positioning activities:

  • Discuss an identified large-scale, multidisciplinary, and/or significantly strategic funding opportunity to understand the sponsor’s priorities and ensure the best chance of success;
  • Explore potential funding opportunities for future collaboration surrounding an identified research topical area for which Ohio State possesses significant strength, and/or;
  • Provide input to sponsors to help drive the development of innovative programs and/or influence the sponsors’ future strategic plans.

Effective positioning is an important component of strategic research development. This kind of activity occurs well before a sponsor releases a solicitation. Further, these efforts are usually part of a longer-term business development plan for pursuing larger, multidisciplinary funding opportunities.

Who is eligible? 

Individual PIs or multiple investigators on a team (up to three, if justified) may request support. Support will only be considered for applicants who have:

  • Identified a large, multidisciplinary, and/or strategically significant funding opportunity to target and/or a research area in which Ohio State has significant strength to potentially influence the sponsors’ future funding opportunities and focus area(s);
  • Engaged with a specific external funding sponsor(s) about the identified opportunity and/or research topical area, and;
  • Secured interest from the external funding sponsor to meet in person to discuss the opportunity or research topical area.

What expenses are covered?

Reimbursable travel costs include airfare, per diem hotel and food expenses, and ground transportation.  All university travel must adhere to the university’s travel policy.

Examples of activities NOT supported through this program include:

  • Travel to general conferences/meetings at which sponsors may be present
  • Travel to meet with sponsors where a targeted funding opportunity or research topical area of national significance has not been identified as this program is not intended to support general networking with sponsors
  • Travel to conduct preliminary research in preparation for future research proposal submission

How do I apply? 

Successful applicants will be able to make a case for how their proposed travel will contribute to Ohio State’s desire to pursue strategic funding opportunities with priority given to those that address emergent and convergent research of societal significance aligned with national priorities. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information during the review process. In addition, those selected to receive support may be asked to meet with a member of the Research Development Office or an experienced Ohio State research prior to travel to increase the chances that the visit will be successful. All recipients must a brief report summarizing the results of the trip prior to fund transfer.

Applications are reviewed monthly, with those received by the 25th reviewed and applicants notified of the outcome by the end of that month. Applicants are encouraged to submit requests well in advance or be prepared to explain the extenuating circumstances prompting a request for travel less than 30 days following the end of the prior review period.

All awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. For more information, please contact Laurie Neer.


ODEE grants have impacted more than 40,000 students and 100 faculty and staff recipients.
Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education & eLearning (ODEE) offers expertise and funding to improve both faculty and students’ experiences. 

Grants offered to faculty and students for work with a focus on sustainability.


Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Awards

Foods for Health/TDAI Planning Grant

TDAI Core Faculty Catalyst Awards

Lab in Residence Awards


The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program (MRSGP) provides internal research funding opportunities designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes. It is jointly funded and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC [NSF DMR-2011876], the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research (IMR).

More information

2023-2024 Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2023-2024 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program (MRSGP) Request for Proposals (RFP), which is open to The Ohio State University (OSU) materials community. This integrated seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research (IMR). The result is a unified RFP with Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes, and with the goal of generating new directions that extend beyond the boundaries of existing research programs.


1. Proto-IRG Grants

Proto-IRG Grants provide funds in direct costs, require one Principal Investigator (PI) and two or more Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), and may have unfunded collaborators with the goal of forming new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) for the CEM, a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

2. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants (MTBG)

MTBGs provide funds in direct costs, and require one PI and one or two Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities, such as the NSF MRSEC program.

3. Exploratory Materials Research Grants (EMRG)

EMRGs provide funds in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding. EMRGs, while open to all faculty, emphasizes support of pre-tenure faculty members.

Additional Information

Have a question? Please contact IMR Proposal Development Specialist Joanna Gardner at gardner.306@osu.edu

Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued: Monday, November 27, 2023
  • Letters of Intent Due: Monday, January 8, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Notice of MRSGP Appropriateness: Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Proto-IRG and Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants tiers only – Mandatory Team Proposal Presentations: Wednesday, January 24, January 31, February 7, and February 14, 2024
    • 3:00PM – 4:00 PM ET, Physics Research Building, Room 4138
  • Proposals Due (All Funding Tiers): Monday, March 4, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Awards Announced (anticipated): August 2024
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated): September 1, 2024 (12-month project period)

Awards three to six projects (from $10,000 to $60,000) that examine the impact of science and technology on individuals and society. Emphasis is placed on educational/public service programs and collaborative projects.

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International Affairs/Foreign Language Awards

These awards support the faculty engaged in international research and collaboration. See below for descriptions and application instructions.

Data Science Faculty Exchange Program

The Translational Data Analytics Institute is accepting applications for a new data science faculty exchange with Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan.

The program is designed to enable researchers from TDAI and Nagoya’s Graduate School of Informatics, Graduate School of Medicine and Graduate School of Engineering to collaborate across the two institutions in order to advance the fundamentals and applications of informatics. It is part of a TDAI initiative to establish faculty, staff, and student exchange programs with universities and corporations in Japan that are making comparable contributions to and investments in data science and analytics.

Click here for a list of Nagoya University faculty.


Length of Stay: 3-6 months

Areas of Research: Fundamentals and applications of data science and AI; possible foci include: natural language processing; computer vision; cybersecurity and network architecture; high-performance computing; computer assisted diagnosis and surgery; medical image processing and medical text analysis; materials informatics and materials integration; social media information processing; speech processing; program transformation.

Financial Support Provided by NU: Airfare to Japan (round trip). Salary during the stay ($5,000/month, approx., based on NU policy)

Financial Support Provided by OSU: To be negotiated with College/TIU and TDAI

Housing: Not provided; to be covered by basic salary

Office Space: Independent office suite on the Nagoya University campus

Facilities: Research space within Nagoya University. Access to computer facilities at Nagoya University. No access to Wet labs


Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) provides grants to colleges and universities to fund faculty to maintain and improve their area studies and foreign language skills by conducting research in other countries for periods of three to 12 months.

Eligible Applicants

Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program.

An individual is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Is employed by an institution of higher education.
  • Has been engaged in teaching relevant to his or her foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award.
  • Proposes research relevant to his or her modern foreign language or area studies specialization, which is not dissertation research for a doctoral degree.
  • Possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the research project.

Expenses Covered by the Award

  • Travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research.
  • Maintenance stipend for the fellow related to his or her academic year salary.
  • An allowance for research-related expenses overseas, such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses.

Application Process and Package

Competitions are held annually, pending the availability of funds. Ohio State faculty must apply through the Office of International Affairs.

Pursuant to the President’s July 14, 2020 Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization, the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) will not operate the Fulbright-Hays program in the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong, in the upcoming (2022-2023) academic year.

If you are interested in applying for the FY2022 grant cycle, you must contact Fulbright-Hays Project Director Joanna Kukielka-Blaser to discuss the application process.



To support faculty working on projects that align with the mission and current engagement initiatives of the Area Studies Centers: East Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Middle East Studies Center. 


Full-time and part-time tenured and appointed instructors who are affiliated with one of the Office of International Affairs’ five Area Studies Centers, or who could become affiliated to one of the Area Studies Centers if their research or scholarship is directly connected to any of their respective regions of the world. 

Amount of funding

$500 to $2,000 per grant 

To apply

Review the grant guidelines, complete the Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit your application materials online. Please email Esther E. Gottlieb at oia-grants@osu.edu upon submission. 


A rolling basis until funds are depleted. 

Grant guidelines

The Faculty Teaching, Research and Outreach Grant supports engagement from all disciplinary backgrounds. All awards must contribute to the knowledge and visibility of one of the five Area Studies Centers’ initiatives. 

Proposal narrative

All applications must describe how the proposed activities relate to one or more of the Area Studies Centers’ foci and how they support critical languages pedagogy and/or outreach and global engagement on and with their respective regions of the world. Applications should be between two and four pages, excluding references (double spaced), and include a one-page budget (table and narrative). 

Proposal budget

All spending must comply with university budgetary regulations. Grant recipients will sign a document governing the funding. 


Recipients must acknowledge the assistance of the Faculty Teaching, Research and Outreach Grant in any publication, scholarly performance, course development, conference paper, or other product resulting from funds supported by the Office of International Affairs and Area Studies Centers grant. 

The grant recipient must provide the Office of International Affairs Communications Unit and Area Studies Assistant Director with a one-page written report within three weeks following completion of the project.  The report must include: 

  • How the funds were utilized 
  • A travel schedule (if travel was included) or course number if used for curriculum development or virtual global teaching and learning 
  • A description of what was accomplished 
  • A photograph that captures the project (if available)


The Offices of International Affairs, with the support of Office of Research, the Graduate School, and Student Academic Excellence, are sponsoring a grant competition for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. 

Proposals are sought for a wide range of research and scholarship projects, which include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting international research and creative expression at home and abroad
  • Addressing global issues in regional contexts
  • Advancing global-oriented knowledge in disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary contexts
  • Implementing projects and programs in diverse political, economic and cultural settings
  • Exploring area studies, research and scholarship on any geographical or cultural region
  • Developing and testing international education that enhances equity, diversity access, gender and racial justice

Please view previous award topics & recipients.

Review Criteria

The proposals are reviewed blind, assessed by evaluators from across a variety of disciplines, so proposals should be written for non-disciplinary reviewers. Awards are based on merit, according to the following criteria:

  • Implementing the research or scholarly project within time and budget proposed
  • Quality of project within its context
  • Appropriateness of proposed budget
  • Proposals that have other funding or in kind will be given preference

Proposals can request funds to support, among other things:

  • Research project expenses (e.g., data acquiring, mining, digitizing and mapping; supplies, materials)
  • Development thesis, manuscripts, and publications
  • Development and hosting of an international conference, workshop or speaker series


  • Professional conference travel and fees, as well as sabbatical supplements are not eligible under this award.
  • Recipients of this award of the last three cycles are ineligible to submit a proposal for 2024-25.

This grant is subject to policy and university expenditure requirements, including travel to risk-designated countries. Read Ohio State's travel policies and requirements

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Please include the title of project without the name of applicant(s) as this is a blind review.

  • Abstract not exceeding 300 words
  • Narrative not exceeding five pages, double spaced, 12 pt. (excluding references)
  • Budget – up to one page including including cost sharing, departmental stipend, or other course development resources
  • Submit Application Materials


Stipends will range from $1,000 to $5,000. Funds to be transferred to the recipient's unit after July 1, 2024.

The recipients and their department fiscal officer sign the policy governing the funds, which includes:


  • Proposals due: December 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Results from the 2024-2025 IRS Grant will be announced via email February 13, 2024

Questions may be addressed to oia-grants@osu.edu.

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies seeks applications from Ohio State University faculty for grants to support projects related to the study of national security in a global context. Junior faculty members are especially encouraged to apply.

Faculty projects may involve travel, research, seminars, conferences, interviews, laboratory experiments, and policy-relevant workshops. To learn about some of the faculty projects currently funded by the Mershon Center, please see Areas of Expertise. Mershon-supported conferences and speaker series are listed by date in the Events section.

Application Instructions

Faculty grant applications must include:

  • Standard cover sheet that includes 500-word abstract of the project.
  • Itemized budget.
  • Four- to five-page single-spaced statement elaborating the purpose, method, anticipated products, and significance of the project.
  • Curriculum vitae for each principal investigator.

Mershon Center for International Security Studies Faculty Grants information.

The Slovene Research Initiative was founded in 2013 through an endowment from the Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as through contributions from the Society for Slovene Studies. The Initiative promotes research on Slovenia, Central Europe, and Southeastern Europe. The Center for Slavic and East European Studies administers the Initiative, and the Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts andSociety for Slovene Studies are partner organizations.

Each year, the Slovene Research Initiative funds a faculty exchange program between Ohio State and the Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts. One or two faculty from each institution are able to conduct research at the other institution for two to four weeks. Partner institutions cover accommodation and access to libraries, archives, and other research holdings, as well as office space in either Columbus, Ohio, or Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Visit Slovene Research Initiative for more information about the exchange program.


The Office of International Affairs, the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation are sponsoring the third faculty grant competition to develop internationally focused learning and cultural exchanges at Ohio State, using a variety of platforms and mediums.  

We embrace a broad definition of “Global Learning” that includes many processes of diverse people collaboratively learning, analyzing, and addressing complex problems that transcend borders.  Proposals are sought for initiating new and inclusive global teaching to internationalize the learning experiences and impact students beyond the traditional classroom or study abroad. Research findings show that having such experiences “at home” are great motivators to studying, interning, or working around the world.

View a list of past Global Teaching and Learning grant recipients.

Proposal Preparation

Proposals should include:

  • Summary describing the project's objectives and anticipated impact; maximum 500 words.
  • Project narrative not exceeding 5 pages, double spaced, 12 pt. (excluding references) including the following information:
    • Target students, level of course and how it fits in the curriculum
    • Description of content and activities including learning outcomes, objectives, and mode of assessment
    • Description of anticipated impact in the context of a program, major or minor curriculum or General Education
    • Budget justification, including cost sharing, departmental stipend, or other course development resources.

Both course and component development are accepted, and a stipend will be awarded based on merit, taking into account the following criteria:

  • Implementation plan within time and budget proposed, including name of an International Education Specialist collaborator.  
  • Other support e.g.: department chair, Global Option program, new General Education offering, including high impact practices
  • Quality of project, like any experience this including list of competencies, learning outcomes and assessment. (Example pages 5-7)
  • Budget, open for a variety of uses to accommodating teaching time, assistance and partner's support for overseas collaboration, among others

Review Criteria

Both course and component development are accepted, and the stipend will be awarded based on merit, in light of the following criteria:

  • Implementation plan, within time and budget proposed
  • Contribution to innovation of student experiences and to programs such as college Global Option programs and the new General Education curriculum, including High Impact Practices
  • Quality of project, including learning outcomes and assessment (Examples).
  • Budget, open for a variety of uses, among others to accommodate teaching time, assistance, and partner’s support for overseas collaboration.


Email proposals to oia-grants@osu.edu

Questions may be addressed to oia-grants@osu.edu.


To support faculty working on projects that align with the goals of the Global Gateways in Brazil, China and India.

Eligibility and conditions

  • Ohio State regular track or tenure-stream faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Visiting scholars and associated faculty are not eligible.
  • Applications must include an international regional partner or demonstrate how the award will build a new partnership with a regional organization (higher education institution, research institute, non-profit or government organization) through the appropriate Ohio State Gateway.
  • Applications shall facilitate collaborations with scholars and institutions in Brazil, China or India.
  • Recipients must be Ohio State faculty during the entire grant award period.
  • Awards are not transferable to another project and unexpended funds cannot be carried forward beyond the award period (and will be returned to Office of International Affairs’ Global Gateways and Partnerships unit).
  • The Global Gateways Initiative grant is not intended to be used as bridge funds.
  • Awards are not transferable to another institution or to other people.
  • Awardees are expected to apply for external grant funds in continuation of the collaboration, with a portion of the indirect funds allocated to the appropriate Ohio State Gateway.

Amount of funding

A total of three to five projects in the three Gateway regions will be awarded. Each grant award will be capped at no more than $35,000.

To apply

Review the grant guidelines, prepare a project narrative, budget, list of personnel and obtain letter of support. Submit your application via email directly to the Global Gateways

Deadline and key dates

  • Application period opens September 1, 2023
  • Application period closes September 30, 2023
  • Awardees will be notified of decisions by December 31, 2023
  • Grant period begins no earlier than January 1, 2024
  • Grant period ends no later than December 31, 2024

Grant guidelines

The Global Gateways Initiative grant program encourages knowledge-creation and problem-solving through research and academic events. Funded and supported by the Office of International Affairs’ Global Gateways and Partnerships unit, the awarded projects will help realize the full potential of the Global Gateways networks. Proposals may be submitted for individual projects, exploration of new partnerships or continuation of work with established partners.

The grant program will support new, innovative projects that foster excellence in any of the following areas of interest:

  • Global Health: water issues, infectious diseases, health security, vaccine development, addressing health inequities, non-communicable diseases
  • Conservation: climate research, sustainable development, renewable energy
  • Future Cities: migration, resource distribution, digital solutions, circular economy
  • Disruptive Technologies: AI, Big Data, Internet of Things, robotics, autonomous vehicles
  • World Cultures: languages, arts and forms of expression
  • Business and Economic Development: management of businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation, resource allocation in firms and economies, public-private partnerships
  • Human Behavior: small human networks, cognitive or social psychology, behavioral economics

Application requirements

Project Narrative

A detailed project description of no more than three pages that describes the project phases, data sources and goals of the study must be provided. Application should note if the proposed project will build on research projects that have already secured funding, including the source of funding. Applications should explain the role to be played by the Global Gateways network and/or the Office of International Affairs. Projects with principal investigators from multiple departments and/or colleges are encouraged.

The narrative should include:

  • Research question or project objectives
  • Deliverables
  • Work timeline (with dates and descriptions)
  • Expected results and impact (academic outcomes, actual societal change, others)
  • Description of the methods to be used, data to be collected and analysis to be completed
  • Names of principal investigators/leading faculty from Ohio State and any partner institutions
  • For projects involving international travel, a contingency plan if international travel becomes infeasible during the grant period
  • Total funding requested

Letter of Support

A letter of support from the department chair or dean indicating the project’s significance to the department and/or college’s objectives and reaffirming that the project will have benefits beyond the applicant.


Listing of all personnel who will be involved in the project.


A project budget that lists the uses and sources of funds (if any, in addition to the grant amount) to complete the project goals. Budgets should be one-time amounts to be expended during the 12-month grant period. Supplies, including computer hardware and software, must be justified in terms of the proposed research. If funds for personnel are requested, please be specific as to the individual's role in the project. Cost sharing with the department/center/college and/or local collaborating partner is encouraged.

Allowable costs include:

  • Travel expenses for research related to the proposal
  • Equipment and supplies necessary to execute the proposed project
  • Translation costs for manuscripts
  • Salary support for technical staff, research assistants or student wages
  • Academic events (workshops, seminars, conferences)
  • Public events (lecture series, performances, museum exhibitions)
  • Collection and purchase of archival materials

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Any travel unrelated to the proposal
  • Passport/visa application fees, insurance, gifts, shipping expenses, digitizing archives
  • Tuition or class fees of any kind
  • Indirect costs
  • Faculty salaries

Awards will be given on a cost-reimbursable basis with funding remitted in the form of reimbursements after expenses are submitted via Workday.

Proposal evaluation

Eligible proposals will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of faculty and administrators. In reviewing the proposals, priority will be given to projects that:

  • Identify a topic of broad societal implications and propose potentially useful and implementable programs or research solutions addressing a gap or issue.
  • Establish a new impactful and potentially long-lasting collaborative program, working with the Global Gateways and Partnerships and in collaboration with a college and/or department at Ohio State and/or an international partner, to explore the landscape and inform policies, investment and planning around the identified topic.
  • Make significant contributions to the existing relevant scholarly literature in the research domain or field.
  • Plan to educate and inform relevant communities through appropriate channels, including museum exhibitions, cultural programming, and media offerings.
  • Demonstrate how the proposed project will benefit Ohio in the project field through education, research, or other scholarly activities.

Criteria upon which proposals will be evaluated include:

  • The potential to yield one or more creative productions or research publications (in appropriate scholarly journals) of international renown.
  • Evidence of impact in Gateway communities (e.g., adoption by local institutions or stakeholders).
  • Creation of a public forum such as a talk, workshop, seminar, or symposium at the Global Gateways or the Office of International Affairs that brings together local stakeholders to enable future collaborations.
  • Indication as to how the research or creative collaboration will be continued via externally funded grants.
  • Demonstration that the project works across different cultures to maximize the project’s outcome.
  • Demonstration of the potential positive economic, environmental, and/or social impacts in the state of Ohio.


Awardees must submit a one- to two-page report, including accounting of expenditures and any external funding received, within 30 days of the termination of the grant period. These reports will be reviewed, and portions of the report may be reprinted. In addition, recipients may be asked to present their findings at a workshop or seminar hosted by the Office of International Affairs and/or Global Gateways and Partnerships.

Any publication or creative endeavor arising from work supported by the fund should acknowledge the Office of Academic Affairs at The Ohio State University.