NOTICE: This grant program has been suspended temporarily. It will not be available for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 due to the current budget environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. It is our hope to have the program return in Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (if the budget allows). The announcement will be made via email if and when we have been informed the program will be restarted. Please submit questions and concerns to Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult and unprecedented times. Take care, and be well! 
– CLA Office of Research and Graduate Education 
This program seeks to enhance Purdue’s national and international reputation of research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It will provide financial support for three kinds of research projects:
(a) research proposed in collaboration with an individual faculty member at an international institution;
(b) collaborative student projects involving CLA faculty partnering with faculty at an international institution; and
(c) collaborative student projects at the institutional level involving the College of Liberal Arts and an international institution. 
Student projects should have at least one faculty sponsor from each institution in order to qualify for the grant.
Emphasis will be given to projects that engage partnerships in strategic geographic areas identified by the University including Latin America and South and Southeast Asia; however, research projects in other regions will also be considered. Students may earn research credits for their work through collaboration with a sponsoring faculty member.
Level of Funding:
Budgeted at a total support of $50K per year, the program will fund up to six projects annually. Each grant will be for one calendar year. The budget for each project will be between $5K and $25K.
The starting date for funded projects will be January 1, and all funds must be expended by the end of December.
Project Report:
All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1- to 2-page report of the outcomes of their previous grants to the Associate Dean’s office ( within 6 months of the close of their project period or before submitting another internal funding proposal. Reports must include information about all grant and fellowship proposals and awards submitted since the funded grant application as well as the status of publications/exhibitions/presentations and other outcomes of the funded project. 
Previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grant Awards greater than $10,000 must have subsequently submitted external grant/fellowship application requests that total at least $15,000 before another award may be granted for funding from the Global Synergy Grants program.
Allowable Expenses
Undergraduate and graduate students may request funds for a wide variety of research expenses. Funds may be requested for any of the following purposes:
  • Travel to international research sites or to archives with unique collections
  • Research expenses at international sites
  • Travel for international fieldwork and/or collaborative international meetings
  • Expenses in mounting an artistic exhibition or preparing for an international performance
  • Supporting visits by collaborating students/faculty members from international institutions to Purdue University
  • Workshop or conference funds necessary for conducting or discussing the outcome of the proposed research
  • Payments to graduate or undergraduate research assistants collaborating on the project
Submission Deadline: October 4, 2019; 11:59 PM 
Submission Process:
The application will be submitted as a single PDF file via InfoReady (which is accessible by clicking the on the APPLICATION INTERFACE link below). Please write your proposal as a draft Word document in advance of starting the submission process. The sections of the proposal are listed below. 
Before submission, please present a draft of your proposal to your department head, and get his or her approval in writing. When you are ready to submit your proposal, upload an electronic copy of the approval message into the body of your draft document, in order with the rest of the materials. NOTE: Head approvals may be copied from the original email (including the head’s signature/name line) if necessary. When you are ready to submit, save the entire document as a PDF.
The application should include the following information:
Project Title
PI Name, Rank/Title, Department, and Expertise Area
Co-PI Name(s), Rank(s)/Title(s), Departments, and Expertise Area(s)
Short Bios or CVs for PI (and Co-PI or PIs, if applicable)
Proposal body (maximum 30,000 characters - including spaces)
Abstract (maximum 1,500 characters)
Motivation/Significance (maximum 4,000 characters)
Scientific Literature/Literature Review (maximum 6,500 characters)
Research Questions or Goals (maximum 1,500 characters)
Description of Work to be Accomplished (maximum 5,000 characters)
Deliverable(s) (maximum 2,500 characters)
Team Qualifications and Responsibilities (when >1 investigator) (max 2,500 characters)
Work Timeline (with Dates and Descriptions) (maximum 1,500 characters)
Bibliographical References (maximum 5,000 characters)
Department Head Approval Letter
Amount of Funding Requested
Budget Table (available below)
Budget Justification (available below)
Future Work Description
Grant Sources to be Solicited in the Future
URL of Future Grant Solicitation (if available)
APPLICATION INTERFACE (Online InfoReady Application Form)
*Before submitting an application, please make sure you have updated the Primary Organization and Secondary Organization fields in your InfoReady User Profile!* (Update Instructions)
Budget instructions:
A budget worksheet and budget justification field will be embedded in the body of the form.
To facilitate your budget drafting work, the following two documents demonstrate what to expect when you complete the form. The documents do not need to be uploaded or directly used in the form, only the final numbers for overall categories will be needed (Personnel, Fringe and Benefits, Other Expenses).
Budget Justification with Instructions
Budget Example
Also, this Budget Calculator can be used to determine the numbers for the budget.
For more budgeting information, view this CLA Internal Budgeting Workshop Video presented by Jessica Williams, Pre-Award Specialist III, of Sponsored Program Services.
For help related to the grant application process contact Mike Hicks, CLA Grants Coordinator, at, or 765-494-3666.

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