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Strategic Partnership Grants

Strategic Partnership Funding Opportunities

The Provost and the Dean of ISP have made available funds to develop long-term international strategic partnerships with universities and institutions of higher education and research abroad. These grants serve as seed funding that can lead to further collaborations and expansion of the projects. GenCen is awarding strategic partnerships grants in these priority areas:

1. Gender, Justice & Environmental Change (Gender and Agriculture/Environment)
2. Gender-Based Violence
3. LGBTQ Scholarship and Outreach
4. Intersectionality and Diversity
5. Gender and Inter-disciplinarity

Note: COVID-19 travel restrictions still apply to this funding.

Partnership Activities

The partnerships should center on collaborative research between at least two departments at MSU and partnering institutions. Funds may be granted for activities including research proposal development and preliminary research activities that build capacity at partnering institutions around the GenCen-identified areas mentioned above. They should ultimately lead to potential long-term research and other collaborations between MSU and the partner institution. Funding may be granted for continued support to develop these partnerships depending on the outcomes of the initial grant.

Partnership Funding

Strategic Partnership funds will provide partial support of travel costs, both for MSU faculty and for their partners coming from abroad. The applicant faculty members' colleges and/or departments will be expected to contribute to the costs of this travel to ensure that the commitment to long-term partnering is shared by these units. A 20% match by a department or college is required. Strategic Partnership funding is not intended to support the travel of Center or Office Directors. These travel awards should ultimately result in the development and submission of a collaborative research proposal (including MSU and partner institution faculty) for external funding.

Proposal Requirements

Proposal Requirements

1. Completed application (PDF)
2. Project narrative (2 page maximum)
3. Written letter of support from the applicants' deans or department chairpersons committing to a minimum of 20% matching funds
4. Proposed detail budget [with international travel, .xlsx] or [without international travel, .xlsx]


The funding cap is $25000. Typical project funding is $3000 - $6000. The partnerships should involve more than one department and/or college at MSU. One or more applicant(s) must be affiliated with the GenCen. The funding period is from July 01 - June 30 every year with funds to be fully spent by June 01.

Do you have any questions? Contact Rajalakshmi Nadadur.


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