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Global Research Fund

Creighton Global Initiative 2018-2019 Program

A Distinct Presidential Initiative

President's Global Research Fund

Research Definition

The Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) President's Global Research Fund was established to support and enhance the research and scholarly work of faculty at Creighton University. Faculty projects that engage students are highly valued.  There are three opportunities for research/scholarly proposals that will be considered for support by the CGI Global Research Fund:

  1. New investigators or initiation of a research project that represents a new direction in global research for established faculty with the intent to build on this work and/or seek external funding;
  2. Scholarship of global teaching/learning and/or mission-based projects with a global dimension;
  3. Interdisciplinary team-focused projects that cross two or more Creighton University schools or colleges or two or more disciplines will be a particular focus.
The term "global" refers broadly to the Ignatian affirmation of a global consciousness linking the four quadrants of the world.

For the purposes of this research fund, the term "global" refers broadly to the Ignatian affirmation of a global consciousness linking the four quadrants of the world.   As such, it includes both the objective processes  (mediated by changes in communication and transportation technology and involve the movement of people, ideas, goods, and capital across greater expanses of space) and subjective dimensions  (the growth in global consciousness or the increasing reflexive awareness of humanity as a species sharing the same history and same planet) of globalization. Basic, applied, problem-oriented, problem-solving, quantitative or qualitative research on the broad range of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  listed below will be considered:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health & Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water & Sanitation
  7. Affordable & Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities & Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption & Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

Similar to other research initiatives at Creighton University (i.e. the George F. Haddix President's Faculty Research Fund), the intent of the CGI President's Global Research Fund one-year award is to aid the grantee to produce some kind of scholarly output (e.g., book, chapter, and manuscript) or extramural submission of a grant application. When this scholarly output is published or a grant is submitted, faculty will be required to notify Sponsored Programs Administration as well as the Vice Provost for Global Engagement.

To be eligible for a CGI Global Research award, Principal Investigators must be full-time faculty holding one of the following appointments:

  1. Teaching-Research
  2. Clinician-Educator
  3. Research Faculty

Adjunct, Special, Visiting, Affiliate, or Contributed-Service Faculty are not eligible as Principal Investigators. These faculty are encouraged to collaborate with full-time faculty in the development and implementation of a global research project.

While all applications will be evaluated based on scientific and/or scholarly merit, priority will be given to applications that include a well-defined student research component, and those applications that involve multidisciplinary teams with a clear plan to develop future extramural applications.

GLOCALIZATION: the idea that in globalization local conditions must be considered.

Projects that elucidate the concept of "glocalization"  or the local impacts of globalization will also be of interest. Below are some examples of projects that integrate global learning into the curriculum. Please note that this list is not exhaustive:

  • Effectiveness of short-term study programs in improving fluency in second-language;
  • Culture retention strategies among refugee populations in Nebraska;
  • Impact of community-based health education and programming on migration to cities in the Dominican Republic;
  • Use of Ignatian Pedagogy in deepening global consciousness in short-term health mission trip participants;
  • Comparison of cultural empathy development between local and international service-learning projects;
  • Ethical and legal debates surrounding torture and the "war on terror" in contemporary novels;
  • Evaluation of the "global badges" in increasing study abroad among college students;
  • Exploration of instruments to measure women's empowerment programs in Eastern Africa;
  • Global studies-related curricular trends in Jesuit Universities in the United States;
  • Systematic review of water conservation strategies in rural agriculture in developing countries;
  • Correlation of global determinants of health and physical activity;
  • Etc.

Please contact Rene Padilla, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Engagement at (402) 280-4745 or to discuss possible ideas for global studies research projects.


CGI President's Global Research Fund awards are one-year awards given at three different levels:
1.    New investigator/new direction: $1,000 to $5,000
2.    Scholarship teaching/learning/mission: $1,000-$5,000
3.    Creighton University interdisciplinary team: up to $15,000

The purpose of the grant is to fund worthy research. Therefore, the total number of awards given each year will vary.

Grant support will be considered for a broad range of requests, including the following:

  1. Equipment (if the proposal is for equipment acquisition only, there will be an expectation of matching funds from the dean of the school and/or department making the request
  2. Supplies
  3. Travel (transportation and hotel costs only)
  4. Travel per-diem per university guidelines (no salaries, stipends or allowances)
  5. Research assistants, technical support, students

Projects requiring course release to free teaching time must have prior written approval of the department chair and the school or college dean.


The 2018-2019 CGI application and award cycle is now CLOSED.