Intercom Online......October 29, 1998

Seed funding proposals sought

Faculty and staff interested in collaborating with their colleagues at Penn State's key partner institutions in Australia may submit proposals for seed funding. Eligible partner institutions are the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University at Canberra. Three awards in the range of $8,000 to $10,000 are anticipated.

This funding is being made available to encourage faculty and staff to build on existing relationships by developing integrated projects combining two or more of the following components: curricular initiatives, human resource development, research collaboration and capacity building. Proposals that address the Asia/Pacific rim and its relationship to the socio-cultural and political factors that link American institutions with generic issues and problems in Australian universities are encouraged. Project linkages and/or affiliation with the Asia Pacific Center of the new Institute for International Education and Policy Research is welcomed.

Mechanisms to achieve proposal objectives may include, but are not limited to, short-term academic exchanges and distance education initiatives. Projects should be conceived such that the seed grant will be used toward leveraging external funding for a larger project with long-term sustainability entailing lasting benefits and/or positive institutional change at the participating universities. Participant support will be closely linked to the project objectives, which should strive to provide for a multiplier effect. Inclusion of Penn State faculty who have not had any international education experience at Penn State is encouraged.

Proposal deadline is Dec. 1, with a project implementation start date after Jan. 1, 1999, and before June 30, 1999. To request applications, call Bob Phillips, interim senior program officer, or Pam Gudeman, administrative assistant, at international partnerships and academic linkages, at (814) 865-0414.

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