The Global Business Center and its partner CIBERs offer several types of mini-grants for faculty, staff and students to expand global business research, teaching and outreach.
Full-time UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and doctoral students may apply for Global Business Center grants of up to $2,000 to pursue projects related to international business research, teaching and outreach.
Applications are accepted in the fall and spring of each year. Projects must be completed by Sept. 30.
Mini-grant projects must advance the Global Business Center's mandate to advance U.S. global competitiveness or increase students' global competency. GBC focuses, in particular, on the emerging markets of Brazil, China and India and the continent of Africa.
Faculty and doctoral students from any area are encouraged to apply. Proposals with wide reach and long-term impact are particularly welcome.
GBC mini-grants are designed to promote:
- Scholarly research – Research on GBC themes and regions intended for publication in high-quality journals, academic workshops and conferences.
- Programming for business and policy communities – Professional training, workshops, seminars and development of policy papers intended for practitioners.
- Course materials development and dissemination – Development of text, audio or multimedia teaching materials, such as teaching cases or video chapters, the extensive revision of existing courses to internationalize business classes or incorporating international business content in non-business courses.
Mini-grant funds may be used for:
- Research assistantships.
- Travel support for fieldwork.
- Data and software acquisition.
- Materials procurement.
- Expenses related to the organization of a roundtable, symposium or conference.
- Travel and accommodation cost for a guest speaker.
The fall application deadline is Oct.1. The spring deadline is Feb. 24.
To apply, complete the application form and e-mail it to GBC Executive Director Julia Kruse at .
UNC Kenan-Flagler students and student clubs may apply for grants of $500-$2,000 to develop and execute programs and activities that support GBC's mission of increasing the global competence of business students, with a focus on the emerging markets of Brazil, China and India and the continent of Africa.
Grant applications are accepted in the fall and spring, depending on the availability of funds. Projects must be completed by the end of the academic year.
This grant program seeks to fund initiatives that are sustainable beyond the tenure of the club's leadership, for example, a program or series of activities that can be held annually in partnership with the GBC.
The GBC can offer sponsorships as well as resources, such as speakers and contacts, for these activities.
Activities that may qualify for grant funding include:
- Workshops that build international business skills.
- Case competitions with an international scope.
- Speaker series with a global theme.
- Conferences that incorporate global topics.
Acceptable fund uses include:
- Speaker fees.
- Venue rental.
- Marketing and promotional materials.
Grant funds may not be used for food, alcohol or gifts.
The fall application deadline is Sept. 9, 5 p.m. The spring deadline is Jan. 20, 5 p.m.
To apply, complete the application form and email it to .
Contact the center at for more information.
U.S. CIBERs offer Business Language Research and Teaching Grants annually as incentives for foreign language faculty to teach and do research in a business context.
Faculty, doctoral students and language professionals are invited to apply in December for grants in two categories:
- One $3,000 grant for a project in a "less commonly taught" or "critical" foreign language.
- Two $2,500 grants for projects in any foreign language.
Grants are awarded each year at the annual CIBER Business Language Conference.
Projects range from research on business foreign languages and language learners to creating materials or developing innovative teaching techniques for business foreign languages.
Visit the grant website for details or contact Lynnea Johnson, or (217)333-8335.
UNC's Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative offers grants to junior faculty in India to conduct research and create knowledge in the rapidly evolving discipline of sustainable business strategy.
The grant program is managed by UNC Kenan-Flagler's Obama-Singh grant partner, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).
For information, contact PD Jose, associate professor of corporate strategy and policy, at IIMB, .
Global Business Center mini-grants are supported by a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) grant from the U.S. Department of Education and an Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative grant through the United States-India Educational Foundation.