International Collaboration

Application rules

Interested faculty are required to first consult with IU Global’s International Partnerships Team before submitting an application. During the consultation, we’ll discuss your proposed activity and project goals in an effort to advise you on submitting the strongest possible application. If necessary, we might steer you to a different grant program that better aligns with your activity and goals.

For the exploratory grant, if your project is with an institution of higher education not among IU’s current partners we ask you to consider whether there is potential for broad collaboration with that prospective partner institution within your IU department or school.

For the research and creativity grant, we encourage you to review the list of IU’s primary university-level partners as your first step. Academic programs and offices across the IU system pursue various types of collaborative activities with these partners—dual degrees and certificates, exchange programs, joint works and conferences, collaborative research and teaching, and more.

Contact the international partnerships team at to schedule a consultation.

Funding amounts

There are two tiers of funding, both with matching fund requirements:

Exploratory grantUp to $2,000
Research and creative activity grantUp to $10,000

The partner institution will provide matching funds except in unusual circumstances. Matching funds can be in-kind support (e.g., for housing or local transportation) rather than direct contributions for expenses. The amounts listed here are the maximum contributions from OVPIA, meaning that your total support may be up to twice that amount. Travel to Puerto Rico or within the U.S. is not supported.

Ready to apply?

Before beginning the application, make sure you have the following documents available to upload in PDF format:

  • A narrative statement, no more than two pages in length for an exploratory grant (full research and creative activity grants may be longer), that includes a description of the proposed activity, details of participating individual(s) from IU and the partner institution, and a description of the anticipated outcomes from the collaboration.
  • A proposed budget that includes a description of the amount of matching funds contributed by the partner institution
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A letter of endorsement from the head of your unit (e.g., your department chair, dean, etc.)
  • There will be an optional place for you to upload additional support letters or other materials, if needed

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Explore opportunities with Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg (UHH), one of our longstanding partners, has designated IU a strategic partner. UHH has funding available for a variety of partnership activities, including research grants for doctoral students, seed funding for collaboration in research and teaching, support for workshops and conferences, and financial and organizational support for scientific events.

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