Partnership Development Fund

Enhance collaborative international research with partner institutions abroad

Funded by the Office of International Affairs, the International Partnership Development Fund  (IPDF) supports collaborative research partnerships in Kenya, China, India, UK, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere.

The fund builds upon IUPUI’s national recognition for partnership development, demonstrated by receiving the Andrew Heiskell Award (2009) and the Senator Paul Simon Award (2011). 

IUPUI faculty are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 in funding. Up to five awards will be made each year. Inquires can be sent to Dr. Ian McIntosh, Director of International Partnerships, at 

The application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. 

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020. 

  • Award Details & Criteria

    This grant program is designed to enhance collaborative research with an existing IU international partner. Projects should build on existing partnerships. (See full list of IU primary partners and strategic priority countries.) Grant funds can be used to facilitate travel to the partner university and project site, to host meetings or workshops, and so on.

    Research topics are open, though IUPUI priority areas such as the life sciences, global health, urbanization, interdisciplinary work, sustainability, and internationalizing the curriculum are encouraged.

    Successful applicants are expected to write a report on the outcomes of their project, and present at a monthly IUPUI international representatives’ meeting. The report must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the award period.

  • Eligibility

    All full-time tenured faculty and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Under certain circumstances, non-tenure track faculty may be eligible with a supporting letter from their Chair or Dean. Visiting and associate faculty, and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible. An associate member can be a participant in a grant in collaboration with a principal investigator who is eligible.

  • Application Materials

    Applications can be submitted online and must include:

    • Abstract Summary (500 words)
    • History of collaboration and proposed plan (2 pages maximum)
    • Budget and budget narrative, including other sources of funding
    • Curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum)
    • Letter of support from Chair or Dean
    • Letter of support from the partner institution
    • IRB, IACUC and/or IBC forms if applicable

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