This program seeks to enhance Purdue’s national and international reputation of research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  It will provide financial support for three kinds of research projects:
(a) research proposed in collaboration with an individual faculty member at an international institution;
(b) collaborative student projects involving CLA faculty partnering with faculty at an international institution; and
(c) collaborative student projects at the institutional level involving the College of Liberal Arts and an international institution. 
Student projects should have at least one faculty sponsor from each institution in order to qualify for the grant.
Emphasis will be given to projects that engage partnerships in strategic geographic areas identified by the University including Latin America and South and Southeast Asia; however, research projects in other regions will also be considered. Students may earn research credits for their work through collaboration with a sponsoring faculty member.
Level of Funding:
Budgeted at a total support of $50K per year, the program will fund approximately two to six projects annually. Each grant will be for one calendar year. The budget for each project will be between $5K and $25K.
The starting date for funded projects will be January 1, and all funds must be expended by the end of December.
Project Report:
All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1- to 2-page report of the outcomes of their previous grants to the Associate Dean’s office ( within 6 months of the close of their project period or before submitting another internal funding proposal. Reports must include information about all grant and fellowship proposals and awards submitted since the funded grant application as well as the status of publications/exhibitions/presentations and other outcomes of the funded project. 
Previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grant Awards greater than $10,000 must have subsequently submitted external grant/fellowship application requests that total at least $15,000 before another award may be granted for funding from the Global Synergy Grants program.
Allowable Expenses
Undergraduate and graduate students may request funds for a wide variety of research expenses. Funds may be requested for any of the following purposes:
  • Travel to international research sites or to archives with unique collections
  • Research expenses at international sites
  • Travel for international fieldwork and/or collaborative international meetings
  • Expenses in mounting an artistic exhibition or preparing for an international performance
  • Supporting visits by collaborating students/faculty members from international institutions to Purdue University
  • Workshop or conference funds necessary for conducting or discussing the outcome of the proposed research
  • Payments to graduate or undergraduate research assistants collaborating on the project
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Submission Process:
The application will be submitted as a web form (which is accessible by clicking the on the APPLICATION INTERFACE link below). Please write your proposal as a draft Word document in advance of starting the submission process. The sections of the proposal and their sizes (in characters, including spaces) are listed in the web form. When you are ready to submit, cut and paste the text from the draft into the web form. NOTE: Extra lines and characters which increase the character count are introduced when cutting/pasting from a PDF document! Please use Word or a similar application as the document of origin!
Before submission, please present a draft of your proposal to your department head, and get his or her approval in writing. When you are ready to submit your proposal, upload an electronic copy of the approval message in the appropriate field of the online submission form. Head approvals may be submitted as a PDF or DOC/DOCX file, or copied (CTRL + C) and pasted (CTRL + V) from the original email (including head’s signature/name line) into the appropriate text field on the web form. 
The web form will include the following fields:
PI Name
Area of Expertise
Short Bios/CVs
Proposal body (maximum 30,000 characters - including spaces)
Abstract (maximum 1,500 characters)
Motivation/Significance (maximum 4,000 characters)
Scientific Literature/Literature Review (maximum 6,500 characters)
Research Questions or Goals (maximum 1,500 characters)
Description of Work to be Accomplished (maximum 5,000 characters)
Deliverable(s) (maximum 2,500 characters)
Team Qualifications and Responsibilities (maximum 2,500 characters)
Work Timeline (with Dates and Descriptions)(maximum 1,500 characters)
References (maximum 5,000 characters)
Amount Requested
Budget Table
Budget Justification
Future Work 
Grant Sources to be Solicited in the Future
URL of Future Grant Solicitation
APPLICATION INTERFACE (Online Application Form)
Budget instructions:
A budget worksheet and budget justification field will be embedded in the body of the form.
To facilitate your budget drafting work, the following two documents demonstrate what to expect when you complete the form. The documents do not need to be uploaded or directly used in the form, only the final numbers for overall categories will be needed (Personnel, Fringe and Benefits, Other Expenses).
Budget Justification with Instructions
Budget Example
Also, this Budget Calculator can be used to determine the numbers for the budget.
For more budgeting information, view this CLA Internal Budgeting Workshop Video presented by Jessica Williams, Pre-Award Specialist III, of Sponsored Program Services.
For help related to the grant application process contact Mike Hicks, CLA Grants Coordinator,, 765-494-3666

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