Strategic Partnership Funding Opportunities
The Provost and the Dean of ISP have made available funds to develop international strategic partnerships with particular universities and institutions of higher education and research abroad, focused on themes in which a critical mass of MSU faculty are engaged. These partnerships will generally involve multiple departments and/or colleges at MSU. Collaborations that link Arts and Letters or Social Science faculty to the STEM and health disciplines are especially encouraged. These partnerships may involve collaborative research, regular exchange of faculty and students, co-developed distance learning courses, co-sponsored dual degree or sandwich programs, and other forms of cooperation that build the institutional partnership.
Collaborative research is essential to these partnerships, and we ask faculty who participate to build broader and deeper multidisciplinary cooperation with the partner institutions that extends beyond their own research priorities.
Strategic Partnership funds will provide partial support of travel costs to develop strategic partnerships, both for MSU faculty and their partners coming from abroad. The applicant faculty member's college, department, and other institutes will be expected to share the costs of this travel to ensure that the commitment to long-term partnering is shared by departments and colleges.
Outcomes from these travel awards should include one of the following:
1) Development or submission of a collaborative proposal (including MSU and partner institution faculty) for external funding
2) Development of new collaborative curricular programs (degree programs, courses, faculty exchanges)
For your information, the MSU criteria that will be used to evaluate the outcomes of these funds will include the number and quality of: (1) collaborative research grant applications submitted and awarded; (2) collaborative research publications completed; (3) faculty exchanged, through post-doctoral and visiting scholar appointments; and (4) curricular innovations (collaborative courses, dual certificate or degree programs, sandwich degrees, study abroad and internship programs, etc.)