The Office of International Programs coordinates several grants for our faculty and staff to receive funding.

    ACES Grant Programs

    Seed Grants Program

    The International Seed Grants Program was initiated by OIP to stimulate and promote strong relationships between our faculty and international faculty. Each project was funded through the Arlys Conrad Endowment Fund.

    We are currently accepting seed grant proposals. The deadline is March 10, 2023. 

    View past seed grant program recipients

    Call for Proposals - International Seed Grants Program

    Spring 2023  

    Deadline: March 10, 2023

    Download the Call for Proposals document and Grant Application Form. 

    The Office of International Programs in the College of ACES is soliciting proposals for funding international activities undertaken by faculty and staff in the college. Applicants may request funds of up to $5,000 to create or support international research or extension activities. These funds are intended to enable faculty and staff from all units in the College of ACES to engage in international projects and to promote international engagements that will increase the impact of scholarly work in ACES.

    Funds may be used to support new programs, build an international component into existing programs, or support expansion of existing international engagements.  

    Specific activities could include:

    • Services provided abroad by approved vendors
    • Travel to our campus by an international collaborator or travel to a research site abroad, subject to travel approval 
    • Paid student internships or hourly appointments
    • Materials and supplies and other resources in support of an international research activity

    Funds may not be used:

    • For faculty or staff salary

    Applications will be reviewed by the International Programs Policy Committee, which includes faculty members from each department in ACES.

    Successful applications will:  

    • Communicate their goal and rationale to a multidisciplinary group and show potential for building sustained, impactful international engagements  
    • Be likely to lead to further international engagement and external funding for such engagement
    • Be feasible to implement given resources and conditions

    Note that:

    • Submissions from assistant and associate professors are particularly encouraged.
    • Recipients of OIP Seed Grants Program awards in the previous academic year will not be considered in this call for proposals. 
    • Professors who have retired from university employment are not eligible.

    To apply:  

    1) Complete a ‘Grant Application Form’ 

    2) Write a three-page project description (12 point font; single-spaced).  Additional content may be added in an appendix.

    3) Submit the items above as a single PDF document to the Office of International Programs via e-mail to Ms. Megan Davis, aces-oip@illinois.edu, by the deadline of 5 p.m. March 10, 2023.  

    Questions? Email aces-oip@illinois.edu

    Joint Research Program

    The International Joint Research Program is administered by OIP with the support of our Office of Research.

    View past joint research program recipients

    This program provides support to our faculty to work on projects abroad that are funded at a matching level to work on the same project. Our contribution will be made directly to the Illinois scholar and the matching support may be made to the collaborating researcher at the peer institution. Illinois researchers may request up to $20,000 to be used within 24 months. Collaborating researchers abroad must receive at least the same amount to work on the same project.

    Research Proposal Themes

    • Economic and Community Development
    • Food Security (Availability, Access, & Utilization of Food by at-risk populations)
    • Global Climate Change
    • Energy
    • Natural Resources and Sustainability
    • Nutrition and Human Health

    Pre-approved Peer Institutions

    • Belgium: Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)
    • Brazil: Federal University of Viçosa
    • China: Zhejiang University, China Agricultural University, Beijing
    • Ghana: University of Ghana at Legon
    • Mexico: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP)
    • The Philippines: University of the Philippines at Los Baños
    • Singapore: Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
    • Taiwan: National Taiwan University (NTU)
    • International: IRRI, CIMMYT, ICRISAT

    Past Grant Programs

    External Funding Opportunities

    Awards

    Sponsor: Keeling Curve
    Closing Date: 02/10/2023

    The Keeling Curve Prize offers micro-funding and recognition to individuals or organizations with active or ongoing projects that reduce CO2 emissions or increase CO2 uptake. Each year, US$35 thousand will be awarded to up to 10 winners, chosen by internationally recognized climate scientists and energy experts, for innovative ideas that generate, conserve, or design clean energy solutions. This may include a concept, a plan, a product, a technology, or a strategy. Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world. 

    Grants

    Sponsor: USAID
    Closing Date: N/A

    This BAA serves to inform the public of the opportunity for possible funding from USAID for innovative applied research to address development challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Sponsor: USAID
    Closing Date: 02/19/2023

    The purpose of the Higher Secondary Education Activity is to improve the quality of teaching for students in higher secondary colleges. The Activity will focus on enhancing teachers’ professional skills and abilities, developing teachers’ training materials, and improving the leadership and supervision capacity of principals, vice principals and education officials. Students in the Higher Secondary Education sub-sector will benefit from improved teaching and learning, better preparation for, and successful university admission. 

    Sponsor: USAID
    Closing Date: 02/19/2023

    The purpose of the Higher Secondary Education Activity is to improve the quality of teaching for students in higher secondary colleges. The Activity will focus on enhancing teachers’ professional skills and abilities, developing teachers’ training materials, and improving the leadership and supervision capacity of principals, vice principals and education officials. Students in the Higher Secondary Education sub-sector will benefit from improved teaching and learning, better preparation for, and successful university admission. 

    Sponsor: USAID
    Closing Date: 03/11/2023

    This Broad Mission Announcement (BMA) seeks opportunities for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in basic and applied research and development that supports the Government of Ethiopia’s (GOE) reform efforts, to meet joint USAID/GOE Development Objectives, which are outlined in USAID/Ethiopia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy. In accordance with additional Critical Problem Addenda that will be issued under the BMA, organizations and companies are invited to participate with USAID in activities, innovations, and technologies that further these Development Objectives.

    This BMA serves to inform the public of the opportunity for possible funding for innovations that support the GOE quest for improved development outcomes. Actual opportunities for funding and partnering will be issued as a Critical Problem Addenda to this BMA. No responses to the BMA will be considered until a Critical Problem Addendum has been issued. The terms of the BMA apply to each Critical Problem Addendum. Individual Critical Problem Addenda may have specific requirements for evaluation criteria and administrative information, such as the requirements for Expressions of Interest, Concept Papers, and response deadlines.

    This BMA is a competitive approach to consider applications that harness scientific research, specific expertise or experience, innovation, and partnerships to discover, test and scale breakthrough innovations to solve development challenges in the areas of development program management, disaster risk management, household and community resilience, private sector growth, essential service delivery (strengthening education and health systems as well as empowering communities), youth development and engagement, and citizen responsive governance. 

    Sponsor: USAID
    Closing Date: 03/13/2023

    The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy Dakar is seeking proposals to carry out a program focused on strengthening existing ties and fostering new collaborations between U.S. and African universities. Project activities must take place in Senegal or Guinea Bissau and the United States and be directed primarily at Senegalese and Bissau Guinean audiences/participants.

    Proposals should address how relationships between institutions will be sustained after U.S. government funded efforts are concluded.

    Focus areas:

    • Promote partnerships with U.S. higher education institutions

    • Establish Senegalese or Bissau Guinean student and faculty exchanges, including in-person and virtual exchange opportunities

    • Facilitate joint research, especially in agriculture, entrepreneurship, creative industries, food security, and STEM

    • Provide training and transfer skills in all aspects of university education through subject matter exchange programs

    • Explore public-private partnerships, with an emphasis on commercialization, technology transfer, and job creation.

    Sponsor: Tinker Foundation
    Closing Date: 07/26/2023

    Tinker’s program of Institutional Grants supports the theme of sustainable resource management (among others) in Latin America. Particular issues of interest include sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and non-timber forest products, sustainable tourism, fisheries management, and payment for environmental services. Tinker is also very interested in issues of water scarcity and quality for communities. Grants typically range from US$50 thousand to US$150 thousand. The Foundation encourages project collaboration among organizations in the USA and Latin America. Tinker invites brief letters of inquiry to the Foundation before proposals are prepared and submitted. Application deadlines for LOIs are 25 January and 26 July 2022.

    Other

    Sponsor: Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment
    Closing Date: 02/28/2023

    Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment and partners seek existing solutions that are changing behaviors to help solve the world’s most challenging environmental problems. For this year’s contest, Solutions Search seeks proven behavior-change initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean that reduce the unsustainable/illegal wildlife trade. Contest entrants get access to capacity building, workshops, and networking opportunities to further refine and scale their solution. Two winners will win US$20 thousand. Any organization or institution worldwide is eligible (e.g. city government, business, non-profit, university, etc.). Individuals are not eligible to enter.