AESEDA’s mission is to promote Penn State engagement in Africa. To that end, one of our roles is to support faculty currently engaged in teaching and research projects in Africa and to help faculty no currently engaged to become involved.
- What we can do:
- We can help make connections to existing researchers and programs, many of which are listed on this site.
- We can provide information on existing partnerships with African institutions and, where partnerships already exist, provide contact information, both here and in Africa.
- Provide a mechanism for distributing information on Africa-related programming to interested faculty.
- Provide help and advice on developing education abroad and embedded programs in Africa.
- We can help faculty with an African interest find where their interests may overlap with other regional or thematic GEN initiatives.
- We may also be able to help faculty applying for NSF funding develop an Africa focus for the “Broader Impacts” section of NSF proposals.
AESEDA has provided seed funds for new integrated teaching and research activities in Africa through a special call for proposals from the University Office of Global Programs. If there is a further call, it will be announced broadly across the Penn State community.
Other sources of research seed funds on campus are:
Assistance in writing proposals can also be obtained from:
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Compendium of information needed for preparing proposals and managing grants. Research Administration Toolbox section contains information on policies, forms, rules and regulations for grant management. Resources include proposal preparation guides and information on topics such as indirect costs, intellectual property, and conflict of interest. Additional links to major federal sponsors, funding search engines, and e-mail alert services.
University Office of Global Programs, Faculty Travel Grants: UOGP maintains a fund to support faculty travel related to internationalizing undergraduate courses in any discipline; travel for the following purposes can be funded:
- to expand their teaching by traveling abroad to better internationalize the curriculum;
- to make and meet with contacts that will be used in future teaching (e.g., jointly-taught courses with international colleagues, internet- or telecommunications-based courses);
- to set up a short-term (1-4 weeks) student trip that will be embedded in a future course; or
- to accompany students abroad on a faculty-led international experience embedded in a course.
Grants may be awarded for either an established course that adds a new travel component, or a new course. The travel component must be new in order to qualify for a UOGP travel grant.