Research Grant

Asia Research Collaboration Grant

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 30, 2023

Submit a Proposal


Through the generous support of University benefactors, Notre Dame Global is providing funding to build, sustain, and encourage academic and research collaboration (research projects, faculty and graduate student exchange, conferences, seminars, etc.) with universities in Asia. Funding is allocated for proposals that involve research collaborations with universities in China, Hong Kong, India and Taiwan. For research collaborations involving universities and research institutions in India, preference will be given to those NDG can support through Notre Dame Mumbai. Proposals for collaborations with universities in other parts of Asia are, however, also accepted and encouraged.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and projects will be offered administrative and logistical support through Notre Dame BeijingNotre Dame Hong Kong and/or Notre Dame Mumbai. At the Beijing location, a seminar room (maximum seating capacity of forty) is available for faculty to present lectures, workshops, or seminars.

This grant program supports the University’s broader strategy to promote academic cooperation in Asia by building upon existing partnerships and creating new opportunities for research and scholarly exchange.

Grant Awardees

Eligibility/Grant Requirements

Full-time regular members of the Notre Dame faculty, library faculty, and special professional faculty are eligible to apply. Staff members leading programs relevant to the goals of increasing collaboration with institutions in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India may also submit a proposal.


Funding is available for a variety of collaborations, but preference will be given to those that promote ongoing relationships between Notre Dame and Asia and will have a measurable impact both on the local academic community and in increasing Notre Dame’s engagement in the region.

The types of collaborations might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Initiating collaborative research projects (travel, research costs, etc.)
  • Sponsoring research conferences and workshops
  • Supporting educational ventures (faculty and staff exchanges, workshops, etc.)

Individual grants will not normally exceed $10,000, although large team-based proposals or proposals that include Notre Dame graduate students may request up to $20,000. The Grants Review Committee will consider proposals for any amount up to these figures. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate other sources of funding or cost sharing which will complement the Asia Research Collaboration Grant funding. Other sources of funding may include funds dedicated to the proposed research collaboration by the international collaborators’ universities. Cost sharing must ensure that covered expenses are mutually exclusive.

Awards will not support clerical or secretarial help. Awards may support expenses incurred only at Notre Dame or by Notre Dame faculty and staff (e.g., hiring of research assistants employed by and working at Asian universities will generally not be funded through the Notre Dame grant program).


Full details of all anticipated costs/activities must be clearly itemized. Budget justification is required.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Travel: Travel expenses associated with the international collaboration and/or conducting the proposed research. This includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodation and per diem.*
  • Personnel: Notre Dame graduate student stipend and benefits and undergraduate research assistant support (graduate and undergraduate student assistants must be involved in the faculty fellow’s collaborative research and writing in ways that contribute to the student’s intellectual formation). Please note that you must allow approximately an additional 11% for fringe benefits for graduate students.
  • Participant Support: Program participation incentives; modest honoraria.
  • Research Administration/Supplies: Includes costs associated with research administration (e.g., interviews, surveys, on-line collection of data), research materials, computer software (not hardware), books, manuscripts.

*PLEASE NOTE:  Reimbursement for meals and incidental travel expenses will be made in accordance with these per diem allowances:

  • 1-14 days - UP TO 75% of US State Dept per diem
  • 15+ days - UP TO 50% of US State Dept per diem
Ineligible Expenses
  • Clerical or secretarial help
  • The hiring of research assistants employed by and working at Asian universities will not be funded through this grant program
  • Publication costs
  • Faculty salary
  • Conference attendance costs

Application Guidelines

To request funding from the Asia Research Collaboration Grant program, please submit a proposal to NDG’s submissions manager.

Each proposal must include the following items:

  • Proposal title, project director (PD) name, department/center/institute affiliation, phone, email, co-PD name(s) if appropriate.
  • Abstract of the proposed project (100 words maximum)
  • Description of the proposed project (three-page maximum, single spaced), including:
    • The objective of the project
    • Background, previous work and/or motivation as appropriate
    • Project approach and methods
    • Anticipated outcomes, including how the project will promote collaboration between Notre Dame and institutions in Asia
    • Anticipated time schedule
  • Budget and budget justification: supply detailed budget identifying and explaining all anticipated expenditures
    • Fully justify any proposed travel
    • Description of other funds secured or applied for
    • Budget Template
  • Letter from Asia collaborator indicating their willingness and ability to participate in the proposed collaborative initiative
  • Curriculum vitae: (two-page maximum, current) for each faculty member listed on the cover sheet as project director; if postdocs, graduate students and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, describe their qualifications

Asia Collaboration Grant Application Questions

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

A faculty-led committee will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

  • Quality of the proposal, including its potential for new or sustainable collaboration between Notre Dame and Asia, on research, and/or on the education and training of students
  • Potential for academic publication
  • Reach: breadth and depth of impact of the proposed project
  • Consistency with Notre Dame strategic goals and mission
  • Budgetary appropriateness and cost-sharing with other universities

Follow-up Report

Successful applicants are required to submit a final report no later than one month after the end date of the award. The report should include:

  • A summary of the activities funded by the award and significant results achieved, including evidence that the project contributed to the collaboration between Notre Dame and Asia.
  • Any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award.
  • Make a brief oral presentation, on the outcome of the research and collaboration with the Asian university following the end of the grant period, at an event hosted by NDG.
  • Submit brief updates (and pictures, if applicable) of any development related to the grant funding that is newsworthy (e.g., conference, launch of new program), including any relevant feedback from collaborators in greater Asia.
  • Reference the Notre Dame Global Asia Research Collaboration Grant, Notre Dame Beijing, Notre Dame Hong Kong, and Notre Dame Mumbai as applicable, in any relevant publications.


For more information about NDG’s faculty engagement and research programs, please contact:

Geraldine Meehan
Director, Faculty Engagement
Notre Dame Global
Phone:  574 631-7742