Seed Grants

Faculty Seed Grants for Internationalization

Seed grants are available to faculty at Case Western Reserve University for the development of sustainable initiatives to enhance internationalization at the university. Awards are available in amounts up to $5,000, and the Center for International Affairs will work with recipients to secure additional external funding as necessary.

Grants will be awarded in the spring semester and must be used over the next academic year (Fall 2017-Spring 2018), though funding will be available by the summer of 2017. Renewal for one year is possible.

Examples of the kinds of expenditures that are eligible for support include:

  • The development and implementation of sustainable faculty-designed semester-long study abroad programs
  • The development and implementation of sustainable international research projects
  • The development of new international and cross-discipline curricula

Note: These are only examples, and we encourage faculty to be far-sighted and imaginative.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the proposed project and its ability to be a long term initiative. All proposals are welcome; those that are interdisciplinary or have a plan for sustainability are particularly encouraged. A small faculty committee will review the proposals and determine which ones will be funded.

Application Process

Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2016. Applications for funding should include:

  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Proposal Abstract (no longer than three pages) detailing the following points:
    1. Summary of the proposal
    2. Outcomes expected by the project
    3. Metrics to measure success
    4. Plan for sustainability
    5. Explanation of how this benefits CWRU as a whole
  3. Separate, detailed budget including secured funding from other sources or potential funding partners, if applicable.
  4. Project Timeline
  5. Letter of support from department chair, dean or direct supervisor

Responsibilities of Award Recipients

Award recipients are expected to carry out their proposal over the 2017–2018 academic year, though funding will be available by the summer of 2017. Faculty may be asked to give a brief presentation on their project/program in the fall semester of 2018.

Past Recipients


Christopher Cullis, Biology
Domestication of marama bean (Namibia)

Victor Groza/Zoe Breen Wood, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Proposal for the development and implementation of sustainable faculty-designed summer study abroad programs in Nicaragua (Nicaragua)

Idit Zehavi, Astronomy
Research Partnership with Two University in England and Chile (UK/Chile)


Denise Caterinacci, Modern Languages & Literature
Language and Culture Immersion and Interdisciplinary Learning at CWRU through the Lens of the International Slow Food Movement (Italy)

Daniel Goldmark, Music
International Exchange Program in Popular Music (Finland/UK/Canada Studies)

Joao Maia, Engineering
Network of Excellence in Engineering and Related Areas (Brazil)

Ronald Oldfield, Biology
Developing a Field Course in Tropical Ecology at CWRU (Costa Rica)

Susanne Vees-Gulani, Modern Languages and Literature, German
Study Abroad Course: "Dresden and Berlin: War and Memory in Germany" (Germany)


Charles Rosenblatt, Physics
Exchange and Collaboration between CWRU and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Israel)

Kurt Rhoads/Nicole Deming, Civil Engineering/Bioethics
Water Quality, Engineering, Bioethics and Health in Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

Peter Bennett, Music
Collaboration with Center for Advanced Renaissance Studies, Tours, and Center for Baroque Music, Versailles, France (France)

Elizabeth Madigan, Nursing
Development of English Language BSN in Hungary (Hungary)

Janet McGrath/Andrew Rollins/Jill Korbin, Anthropology/Biomedical Engineering/Chemical Engineering
Proposed New Course: Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Issues (Uganda)

Neena Singh, Pathology
Teaching and Research Partnerships between CWRU and Premier Educational Institutes in India and Brazil (India/Brazil)


Pete W. Moore, Political Science
Course Preparation: Uprising and Revolution in the Middle East (Jordan)

Victor Groza, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Curriculum Development in Romania (CDROM): Adoption Mental Health Certificate Program (Romania)

Clemens Burda/Anna Samia, Chemistry
Collaborative and Exchange Program between CWRU and Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE) (Vietnam)


Kenneth F. Ledford, History
USSO XXX: Berlin 1914-1989: Wars, Revolutions, Dictatorships, Democracies (Germany)

Jessica Kelley-Moore, Sociology
International Network for Population Aging and Urbanization (UK/Belgium/South Korea)


Anna Cristina Samia/Rigoberto Advincula, Chemistry/Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Collaborative and Exchange Program between CWRU and The University of the Philippines (Philippines)

Jennifer Furin, Medicine/Infectious Disease
Project Simunye: An International Research and Training Collaboration between CWRU and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, South Africa (South Africa)

David Schiraldi/Joao Maia, Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Case Macro Brazil Graduate Program in Polymers and Colloids (Brazil)

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Nursing
Initiative on the Advancement of International Healthcare Leadership (Hong Kong)

Cheryl Toman, Modern Languages/Ethnic Studies/Women's Studies
Researching Women's Studies in the Arab World: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Lebanon/Jordan)