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CIBER mini-grants accelerate UNC research on global business issues

UNC CIBER will accept applications from UNC faculty and doctoral students through Oct. 1 for its fall round of mini-grants for research, teaching and outreach related to international business.

The mini-grant program is one of UNC CIBER’s key strategies for expanding research in international business and disseminating knowledge of best global business practices to enhance firms’ competitiveness.

UNC CIBER Executive Director Julia Kruse says the mini-grants (up to $2,000) help fill a funding void many faculty face.

“Our funds may be used to fund research assistantships, data and software acquisition, materials and travel for fieldwork, or to present at conferences or bring in speakers,” Kruse says.

Nandini Lahiri, UNC Kenan-Flagler assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, says the grants have been extremely valuable to her work. “UNC CIBER grants have allowed me access to proprietary data that have been critical to moving my research forward,” she says.

CIBER awards mini-grants twice a year to UNC faculty and Ph.D. students for projects in global supply chain management, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, cross-cultural communications and business language for less commonly taught languages.

The grants seek to expand:  

  • Scholarly research on CIBER themes and regions intended for publication in high-quality journals, academic workshops and conferences.
  • Programming for business and policy communities, including professional training, workshops, seminars and development of policy papers intended for practitioners.
  • Course materials development and dissemination, such as text, audio or multimedia teaching materials, revising existing courses to internationalize business classes or incorporating international business content into non-business courses.

Carolyn Taylor, marketing instructor at Towson University, received a grant to fund research for her dissertation while she pursued a Ph.D. in marketing at Kenan-Flagler.

“The CIBER mini-grant enabled me to purchase much-needed customer satisfaction data from Indonesia for my dissertation research,” Taylor says. “Data from other countries was more readily available, but being able to purchase the data directly from Indonesia helped to round out my data set and study customer satisfaction across a more diverse array of countries, which proved extremely valuable.”

CIBER currently gives funding preference to research that relates to these locations: Brazil, China, Kenya, India, South Africa and Thailand. These areas are priorities for UNC Kenan-Flagler because of their size and potential economic impact or because of the difference the school believes it can make through its work in those countries.

Mini-grant applications are accepted in the fall and spring of each year. For more information, visit www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/ciber/programs/mini-grants or contact Kruse at 919.962.4929 or julia_kruse@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.