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International Institute Enterprise Fund (IIEF)

The purpose of the Enterprise Fund is to generate bold new ideas about and approaches to international studies and education while incentivizing interdisciplinary and cross-regional collaboration. The funded projects should spur intellectual and academic innovation, address topics of global importance, spanning multiple continents and regions of the world, and their implementations should create conversations and collaborations across the area studies community, broadly defined. Eligible applicants include faculty who are currently affiliated with one or more of the II area studies centers and programs as well as those who are not. The total amount of each award will not exceed $25,000 per year. Proposals for smaller amounts are welcome.

Ineligible Expenses:

  •  U-M tuition and fees
  •  LSA course development
  •  Faculty salaries or compensation
  • Travel or living support for dependents
  • Computers, computer equipment, cameras, camera equipment

Application Deadline:

The Enterprise Fund competition will not be held for 2017-2018. Please check back for updates in fall 2017. Interested applicants may contact with questions. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Priority will be given to proposals and projects that address big ideas, such as climate change, spirituality, or culture in the digital age, and lead to tangible products, such as curricular advances in international and area studies, research publications, or preliminary work that gives rise to funding proposals for larger grants.
  • Priority will be given to multi-term or multi-year projects that will foster on-going collaboration among multiple U-M units and/or with international affiliates in one or more countries.
  • Proposals must be from two or more U-M faculty from different U-M departments/units.
  • Projects should be thematically based and must be interdisciplinary and/or cross-regional – spanning multiple area studies centers, U-M programs, and regions of the world.
  • Proposals may include graduate students as collaborators, and graduate as well as undergraduate students as participants.
  • Proposals may include, but are not limited to, symposia, public workshops, lecture series, conferences, or collaborative research.
  • Activities related to the project need not occur exclusively on the U-M campus, and the funds can be used for U-M faculty or students to travel to other locations. However, activities must in part take place on the U-M campus – at a minimum this may be a lecture, workshop, exhibition, or other presentation of the project deliverables.
  • Applicants should explore other sources of support, where appropriate. Centers and programs within the II are encouraged to apply. To the extent that they have existing resources, however, they will be required to cost-share by unit. If either additional staff or additional effort by existing staff is required for a project, the funds to cover this effort need to be included in the budget.

Application Materials:

1. Online application

2. Description of the project (maximum length 5 pages) that includes:

  • Brief abstract (250 words)
  • Goals & Significance:  How will the project generate bold new ideas about or approaches to international studies and education?  What is innovative and significant about the proposal?
  • Scope: What is the likely constituency of the project both on and off the U-M campus? Which units are likely to be most closely involved and to reap the benefits?
  • Impact:  What will be the outcome of the project?  What are there tangible deliverables? What is the target audience for these deliverables?
  • How will the project be evaluated, and what are anticipated measures of success?
  • Timetable:  How will the project progress over the proposed timeline? Are there benchmarks or phases of the project?

3. Current CV for each principal investigator/collaborator; and

4. A budget form detailing anticipated costs and all sources of support (pending and confirmed)

Selection Process:

The International Institute internal steering committee, comprised of faculty from multiple U-M units, will evaluate the applications on the following criteria:

  • relevance of project goals to international and area studies
  • feasibility
  • scope of impact
  • potential for on-going collaboration
  • quality of in-country contacts and depth of collaboration (where appropriate)
  • significance of project outcome and/or deliverable
  • overall quality of the application