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Strategic Partnership Grants

Strategic Partnership Funding Opportunities

The submission deadline is December 15, 2019.


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. 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

Partnership Activities

The partnerships should center on collaborative research, 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
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


These partnerships should involve more than one department and/or college at MSU. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded; however, applications received by December 15, 2019 will be given priority. Fund allocation is for the 2020 fiscal year (to be used by June 1, 2020).

Questions? Contact Rebecca Irvine at rirvine(at)msu.edu / 353-5040.

View a PDF version of GenCen's Strategic Partnership Funding Guidelines.

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In 2017, GenCen funded a Strategic Partnership focused on improving the design of farm tools in East Africa. In October of 2017, design workshop participants worked together in groups to design their ideal farming tools, which were then developed into prototype tools.


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