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Texas Global Faculty Research Seed Grants

The Faculty Research Seed Grant contributes to Texas Global’s mission of developing a global mindset on campus with a focus on faculty researchers. This program provides funding and resources to support transnational research and outreach, cultivating international partnerships with higher education institutions, governments, nongovernmental organizations and global corporations across industries.

At a Glance

For:

UT Austin Faculty

Amount:

Up to $10,000

Deadlines:

March and October

Application Information

Texas Global Faculty Research Seed Grants support faculty with peer collaborators at institutions abroad to conduct research that addresses global challenges, addressing one or more of the UN Sustainability Goals. Applicants may request seed funding of up to $10,000 to propose a new research project with a peer collaborator at an international institution. Research projects should serve to strengthen UT Austin’s partnerships with leading institutions around the world. Successful applicants will be required to submit an activity report at the conclusion of the grant period.

Texas Global awards Faculty Research Seed Grants on a semiannual basis, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. 

Grant Period

January 1, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Application Deadline

October 3, 2022 by 5 p.m. CST

Applications for the new grant cycle will open in Summer 2022.

For more information, contact us at txglobal-grants@austin.utexas.edu.

Research Seed Grant Faculty

Texas Global has awarded 31 grants to faculty with research projects in 20 countries since it was launched in 2020.

2022 Spring

Eugenio Yatsuda Arima  

Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
The Guacamole Effect: Environmental Consequences of Trade Liberalization in Jalisco, Mexico
In partnership with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico


Raissa Fabregas Robles Gil

Assistant Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Integrating Scientific Evidence into the Public Sphere: Evidence from Mexico
In partnership with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico


Victoria Marone

Assistant Professor, Economics, College of Liberal Arts
Exploring the Role of Private Healthcare Markets within a Universal Healthcare System
In partnership with Statistics Norway, Norway


Ashley Matheny

Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geological Sciences
From Land to Sea: An Assessment of Pollution Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems in Jamaica
In partnership with The University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Sandro Sessarego

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
Documenting the Afro-Hispanic Language Varieties of Mexico
In partnership with Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico


Ming Zhang

Professor, Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture
The U.S.-China Collaborative Research on Megaregion Sustainability
In partnership with Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

2021 Fall

Zhengrong Cui

Professor, College of Pharmacy
Innovative Bimetallic-Oxide Nanoparticles Loaded with a Repurposed Tetracycline for Periodontal Disease Therapy
In partnership with University of Porto, Portugal


David Edward DeMatthews

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy College of Education

Ricardo Ainslie

MK Hage Centennial Professor, Educational Psychology, College of Education
Examining Effective and Sustainable Community-Based Approaches to Improving Educational Outcomes in Marginalized Communities in Mexico: A Collaboration between Enseña por Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin
In partnership with Enseña por Mexico, Mexico


Benjamin D. Leibowicz

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Low Demand Levers for Climate Mitigation: Amplification Through Economic Upstream Effects and Spillovers
In partnership with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria


Yang Li

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Testing the Domestic Violence Enhanced Prenatal Care in China
In partnership with Shandong University, China


Ken-Hou Lin

Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Employment Mobility and the Segmentation of French Labor Market
In partnership with Sciences Po, France


Robin Moore

Professor, Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Collaborative Ethnomusicology and Digital Humanities of the Americas: Research, Transmission, and Pedagogies
In partnership with University of Guadalajara, Mexico


Scott Myers

Professor, Lingustics, College of Liberal Arts
Acoustic Correlates of Focus in Luganda
In partnership with Makerere University, Uganda


Kevin Thomas

Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Collaborative Research on Knowledge, Perceptions, and Access to Vaccines for Children Living in Slum Communities in Freetown, Sierra Leone
In partnership with University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

2021 Spring

Anthony Di Fiore

Professor, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Next-Generation Tropical Ecology: Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Study Biodiversity in a Hyperdiverse Forest Ecosystem
In partnership with Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador


David Nicolas Espinoza

Associate Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
CO2 Migration through Complex Plumbing Systems in Sedimentary Basins
In partnership with University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Stephanie Grasso

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Moody College of Communication
Patterns of Language Recovery in Mexican-Origin Spanish Speakers with Aphasia
In partnership with Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía, Mexico


Junfeng Jiao

Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Developing Smart Energy Neighborhoods in Seoul for Energy Efficiency and Resiliency
In partnership with Seoul National University, South Korea


Fernando Llanos

Assistant Professor, Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts
Documenting Neuroplasticity in Native Speakers of Endangered Languages in Latin America
In partnership with Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Mexico


Filippo Mangolini

Assistant Professor, J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Engineering Lubricious Interfaces for Enhancing Sustainable Development
In partnership with University of Coimbra, Portugal


Mohammed Maniruzzaman

Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
3D Printed Medicines for Patient-Specific Treatment of COVID-19
In partnership with Imperial College London, United Kingdom


Marina Peterson

Associate Professor, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Elements for a Sustainable Future
In partnership with Humboldt University, Germany and University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

2020 Fall

Kamran Ali

Professor, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Housing and the Urban Poor in Cairo, Egypt
In partnership with American University in Cairo, Egypt


Karen Engle

Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair, School of Law

Neville Hoad

Associate Professor, English, College of Liberal Arts
The Future of Work in an Age of Pandemic: The Case of South Africa
In partnership with University of Cape Town, South Africa


Stephanie Grasso

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Moody College of Communication

Maya Henry

Associate Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Moody College of Communication
Rehabilitating Communication in Bilingual Speakers with Language-Prominent Dementia
In partnership with Sant Pau Biomedical Research Institute, Spain


Tanya Hutter

Assistant Professor, J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Tunable Ionization-Based Multi-Gas Detector Platform for Environmental, Medical and Industrial Applications
In partnership with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal


Joel Johnson

Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences
Assessing Floods Risks and Controls on Channel Morphology in Earth’s Most Arid Environment: Atacama Desert, Chile
In partnership with Aix-Marseille University, France and Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile


Cristine Legare

Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Cultural Variation in Adults’ Beliefs About Conformity in Children
In partnership with University of Queensland, Australia


John Ronald Lowe

Joseph Blades Centennial Memorial Professor, School of Nursing
Talking-Yarning Circles to Explore the Educational and Research Inequities Among Indigenous Nurses in Australia
In partnership with University of Southern Queensland, Australia


Sonia Seeman

Associate Professor, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Supporting Music Education at Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan
In partnership with the National Academy of Performing Arts, Pakistan


Jasper Smits

Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
The Mechanisms of Large-Group Exposure Therapy for Anxiety Sensitivity: An International Collaboration
In partnership with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel