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Apply For China Research Grants (due Nov. 15, 2021)

Fall 2021 Cornell China Center grant opportunities

In Fall 2021, the Cornell China Center is offering internal faculty grant awards jointly with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, and Cornell's East Asia Program. Past project awards from these grant programs are listed on the research page of our website here.

  • Cornell China Center-East Asia Program Research Fund: $30,000 to be distributed through two to three awards of $10,000–$15,000 for research on the Mainland of China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. Research in the social sciences and humanities will likely get priority. Chinese collaborator welcome but not required. The Cornell China Center and Einaudi Center for International Studies East Asia Program will jointly determine project awards.
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU-Cornell) Joint Seed Fund: up to five awards of up to $15,000, with SJTU contributing matching awards of 100,000 RMB for their faculty to work on joint projects, all fields of study. In this round, proposals on the themes of ecosystems, sustainability, and health (including the health of human beings, specific population groups, animals, and/or environments) may receive priority, and proposals on other themes are also welcome.
  • Zhejiang University (ZJU-Cornell) Joint Seed Fund: up to four awards of up to $20,000, with ZJU contributing matching awards of 150,000 RMB for their faculty to work on joint projects, all fields of study, prioritizing projects advancing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in this funding cycle.

If you are applying for a ZJU or SJTU joint seed fund grant, please make sure to read the Cornell version of the RFP (in the Box link above), which differs slightly from the China partner version, as Cornell has additional US-related guidance for Cornell PIs to read.

Despite recent travel challenges, the Cornell China Center recognizes the value of building long-term collaborative relationships that tackle complex challenges, design joint initiatives, and grow intercultural understanding. We encourage applicants to plan initial remote work with the potential for travel if desired, with a Plan B for if travel is not possible during the grant period. We look forward to funding innovative research that brings together collaborators to positively impact our world, educate future leaders, and disseminate knowledge for the global public good.

Grant Information Sessions (a presentation followed by Q&A)

  • Tues. 10/19/21, 10:15-11:00 am ET
  • Wed. 10/27/21, 9:10-9:55 am ET

Zoom join link for both grant info sessions

If you miss our grant information sessions or have additional questions, feel free to contact us at or 607-255-0550. 

Common Questions

  • Do I have to have a faculty collaborator in China? --> For the SJTU and ZJU grants, yes. Proposals for these joint seed grants have to be submitted jointly with faculty collaborator from the corresponding partner university. For the CCC-EAP grants, collaborators are welcome but not required.
  • Do I have to assemble an interdisciplinary grant team? --> Not this year.
  • Do these grants allow computer purchases? --> No.
  • What fringe and overhead rate should we use for this funding? --> These grants do not allow staff salary, just GRA summer stipends and hourly student work. There are no indirect costs (IDC) on these Cornell China Center grants.
  • Do you have page formatting requirements? --> No, but size 10-12 font and 0.5-1" margins are typical. Either single or double spacing is fine; we expect that proposals will likely be single-spaced to include all requested information within the page guidelines.
  • Can I exceed the page limit to include extra text, a reference list, or images? --> We ask all grant applicants to stick to the page limit to be fair to all.
  • How do we submit our CVs? -- To submit your application on the Cornell side, please compile everything into one PDF file and upload through the Qualtrics form.
  • Do we need to go through RASS? -- No, since these grants are considered internal funding on the Cornell side.
  • What if I'm not a tenure-track faculty member? If the grant PI would need approval to be a PI through an exception for an external grant application, then please get an email note from a department chair/center director or similar approving the PI to apply for this internal grant. Include this permission to be a PI within the single PDF application upload in Qualtrics when you apply. This exception note does not count towards the page limit.