Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaborations

Author: NDI-News

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Umesh Garg
Umesh Garg

Notre Dame International (NDI) has awarded nine grants through its new Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) program to Notre Dame faculty engaged in research with colleagues at partner institutions around the world.

The GCI initiative was launched to support and promote international cooperation through research, scholarship, and other forms of sustained collaboration that can make significant contributions to a field of study, according to Robert E. Norton, NDI’s associate vice president for academic affairs and research.

“Notre Dame International sees such collaborations as a key element of a premier research university, and we are pleased to support these nine stellar projects in the initial round of the GCI,” he said. “Indeed, the fact that the grant winners represent five of the different colleges and schools at Notre Dame further underscores the importance of internationalization throughout the entire University.”

Two of the grants were awarded to College of Science projects in the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  

Elaine Zhu
Elaine Zhu

  • Y. Elaine Zhu (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Center for Sustainable Energy), Haifeng Gao (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for Sustainable Energy), and William Phillip (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Center for Sustainable Energy) – Development of Multifunctional and Sustainable Polymer Composite Filtration Membranes for Efficient Liquid Phase Separation and Water Purification

In its inaugural cycle, the GCI grant competition elicited strong faculty interest across campus. Twenty-four proposals were submitted from researchers representing more than 15 departments in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science, and the School of Architecture.

Nine awards were selected to fund research initiatives in collaboration with other universities and research organizations as diverse as Fudan University, University of Oxford, University of Milan, University of Haifa, Chinese Academy of Science, and the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, among others.  Several initiatives make extensive use of the Notre Dame Global Gateway locations in London, Rome and Jerusalem.

“We are delighted at the success of the inaugural GCI Grant process,“ Norton said, “and look forward to seeing the research of the Notre Dame faculty further develop around the world.”

NDI will open a second grant application cycle in the Global Collaboration Initiative in summer 2014 for funding in the 2014-2015 academic year. More information can be found here or email Geraldine Meehan.

Originally published by NDI-News at on December 09, 2013.