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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Connections Seed Grants

About This Grant

The Northwestern Buffett Global Connections Seed Grant supports efforts to initiate or explore new global connections. These grants are designed to help seed new or advance existing relationships with international collaborators, whether individuals, academic institutions, or community organizations. Northwestern faculty may propose projects or programs rooted in research, learning, service, or international development.

Grant Details

The maximum award is $5,000, and applicants are limited to one Global Connections Seed Grant annually. This is a seed award intended to explore the potential for a future collaboration or to lay the groundwork for a new academic relationship or project.

Applications are rolling, due on the 1st of each month for review within two weeks.

 Awarded grants must be used within one year, and recipients must submit a report upon completed use of the award funds. Recipients should also find a time to meet with a Northwestern Buffett staff member to discuss the outcome or progress of the initiative that the grant supported.

Eligibility

Northwestern faculty,* whether applying individually, in partnership with another faculty or staff member, or as a representative of a specific Northwestern program, department, or group. 

Priority will be given to first-time applicants. 

* Faculty must be full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-line or clinical/instructional.

Review Criteria

The grant is not restricted to any particular country, geographical region, or potential collaboration. Preference is given to initiatives that align with Northwestern Buffett’s mission, and engage one or more Sustainable Development Goals. Proposed projects, programs, or other activities must align with Northwestern’s Principles of Ethical Practice

 

These awards may not be used to:

  • Support the continuation of established ongoing relationships or projects
  • Purchase research equipment
  • Cover faculty salaries or living expenses

Application Details

Complete the Northwestern Buffett application. Be sure to include a concise description of the planned activities, previous engagements with the proposed global collaborator, and a detailed and current budget.

A committee organized by the Buffett Institute will decide on awards and notify winners.

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