Office of Global Affairs

The Office of Global Affairs has just offered $272,000 in Global Innovation Fund awards to 21 outstanding projects, sparking cross-continental and multi-disciplinary research collaborations, innovative study abroad programming, and more. UW schools, colleges and departments matched more funds than ever before, underscoring the power of collaboration across our campuses and disciplines.

The Global Innovation Fund seeds initiatives and programs developing cross-college and cross-continent collaborations that enhance the University of Washington’s global reach. Awards provide initial funding for faculty research proposals, leading-edge student experiences, and collaborations aligned with the UW’s strategic initiatives and regional priorities.

Learn about the application process

Awards overview

21 awards offered
$272,000+ awarded
$202,000+ matched by schools, colleges, partners
12 schools, colleges, programs
26 countries
5 regions: Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, Oceania

Applications overview

56 applications received
$733,000+ funds requested
17 schools, colleges, and campuses

  • Highly competitive selection process
  • Clear need for globally-focused seed funding

Awarded projects

Project name UW faculty and researchers UW colleges, schools and programs Countries of engagement
Academic Support Programs: Rome: Imagination, Immigration and Identity Ryan Burt, Adiam Tesfay Academic Support Programs Italy
Antimicrobial Stewardship Training for Kenyan Clinicians and Pharmacists Aliza Monroe-Wise, John Lynch, Rupali Jain Global Health, Medicine, Pharmacy Kenya
Arts of Politics: Cultural Agency and Social Movements in Contemporary Peru María Elena García, José Antonio Lucero Comparative History of Ideas, Jackson School of International Studies Peru
Child Poverty and Mobility: A Comparative Study of Demographic Trends and Policy in the U.S. and Japan Scott Allard, Jennifer Romich Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, School of Social Work Japan
Comparative Punishment: A Proposed Study Abroad in Law, Societies, and Justice Steve Herbert Law, Societies & Justice Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway
Cookstove-Related BURN Injury Investigations in Nepal and Ghana (BURNING) Barclay Stewart, Charles Mock, Jonathan Posner, Katie Nielsen, Tam Pham Surgery, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, Global Health, Epidemiology, Mechanical Engineering, Pediatrics, UW Medicine Regional Burn Center Ghana, Nepal
Defining the burden of undiagnosed and untreated HIV in cancer patients in 3 countries Rachel Bender Ignacio, Michalina Montaño Medicine, Global Health Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Developing last-mile solutions for global water challenges through cross campus research, student-scholar exchange and illustration of personal science journeys Faisal Hossain, Rebecca Neumann, Gordon Holtgrieve, Jessica Kaminsky, David Butman Civil & Environmental Engineering, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, School of Environment and Forest Sciences Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Disability Inclusive Development Initiative: Building an International Collaborative Stephen Meyers, Megan McCloskey, Mark Harniss Law, Societies & Justice, School of Law, Rehabilitation Medicine South Africa, Jamaica
Effectively managing the impact of increasing ambient temperatures on health outcomes in Kenya using trans-disciplinary approaches Kristie Ebi, Jeremy Hess Global Health, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Emergency Medicine Kenya
Engineering and Public Health Solutions for Community Resilience Nicole Errett, Tania Busch Isaksen Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Dominican Republic
La Dolce Vita: Comparative Food Systems in Italy Jennifer J. Otten, Christopher M. Anderson, Kerryn W. Reding Nutritional Sciences Program, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics Italy
Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Charlotte Cote, Dian Million American Indian Studies New Zealand
OmniVerse: A flexible database for tracking data and samples from the bedside, to the bench, to bioinformatics James I Mullins, Joshua T. Herbeck Microbiology, Global Health Kenya, South Africa
Partnership in Palliative Care Jody Waldron, John Harlan, Sri Josyula Medicine, Hematology Oncology Kenya, Uganda
Rural-Urban Development Field Training Initiative Susan Whiting, Kam Wing Chan, Daniel Abramson Political Science, Geography, Urban Planning & Design China
Rwanda Health Promotion: Summer Learning Program Esther K. Chung, Daniel Enquobahrie Pediatrics, Epidemiology Rwanda
Summer in Berlin – City of the Past and Future. Film, Media and Diversity Kye Terrasi Germanics Germany
UW-AKU Emergency Medicine Exchange Program Herbert C Duber, Sachita P Shah, Daniel Henning Emergency Medicine Kenya
Workshop on Next Generation Synchrotron Radiation Fumio Ohuchi Material Science & Engineering Japan
Youth, Social Action and Creative Space-Making in East Asia Jeffrey Hou, Andrea Gevurtz Arai, Jonathan Warren Landscape Architecture, Jackson School of International Studies Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan