JMCE Faculty Research Grant

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Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Faculty Research on the European Union Grant Competition

The European Studies Center, with support from the Office of the Provost and the European Union, has grants available for affiliated faculty doing research related to any aspect of post-World War II European Integration.

The purpose of the JMCE Faculty Grant Competition is to develop and strengthen faculty expertise on Europe and the states and societies of the European Union.  Eligible professional activities include research or collaboration with a colleague, on-site field work or data acquisition, and archival research.

Grants in the range of $2,500 – $4,500 will be awarded competitively each year with a fixed application deadline (see below). Applications are evaluated by a committee made up of ESC staff and affiliated faculty members.  The committee will be instructed to consider, among other criteria, how the proposal contributes to the ESC's mission and how the faculty member's work contributes to our understanding of contemporary Europe and its antecedents.

Applicants will be expected to coordinate with the Center to ensure that the award funds are disbursed by August 15.  Unused funds cannot be carried over to a subsequent year. 

To be eligible for a JMEUCE grant, faculty must be affiliated with the ESC and at any Pitt campus and must have updated their UCIS faculty survey within the past 12 months. Faculty with a visiting appointment are not eligible.

These grants are partly funded though the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence from the European Union.  In accordance with the EU's policies, beneficiaries of the grant should acknowledge the assistance of the EU with the following formulation:  "This <publication/article> has been produced with the assistance of the European Union.  The contents of this work are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union."

Deadline: January 29, 2021 (contingent upon living of COVID-19-related travel restrictions imposed by the University of Pittsburgh, state and local authorities, and national governments before departure.)

Application Procedure
To apply, please complete the JMCE Faculty Research on the EU Grant Competition Application on Submittable. You will need to upload a written description of the project of no more than 5 pages (double spaced and including a section detailing precisely how the funds will be used to advance the project), a current c.v., a detailed estimated budget, and indication of other sources from which funds have been or are being sought. 

Verify that your UCIS faculty survey entry is up to date.

Under requirements of the University of Pittsburgh, all applicants must gain Institutional Review Board clearance or exemption before awards may be given. Grantees may apply before gaining IRB clearance but must provide documentation of IRB approval before a grant can be awarded.

For information about eligibiity, please contact Allyson Delnore, ESC Associate Director, for further information at adelnore@pitt.edu.

For information about the Submittable application process, please contact Iris Matijevic, Activites, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator at irm24@pitt.edu

Please review the Post Award guidelines prior to applying.

Update for 2020-2021 funding opportunities:

According to University guidelines, the ESC will be able to fund research and travel experiences in certain circumstances, starting with your home campus being in a Guarded rather than an Elevated or High posture at the time of travel.  Any faculty or graduate student research grant awarded for Summer 2021 that involves travel will be contingent upon public safety recommendations by the CDC and the Department of State and subject to University policy (see below). Grantees will be instructed to await approval before purchasing flights or making any other non-refundable expenditures related to the research trip.  Failure to do so may result in expenses that result from a cancellation not being reimbursed.  Even after purchase, University travel can only take place if certain conditions are met at the time of departure.  Local guidelines may also require self-isolation or quarantine periods that grantees should expect to bear the costs of themselves.  The ESC will not cover any expenses associated with mandated self-isolation or quarantine periods in a destination country or upon return to the United States. Please email Allyson Delnore, Associate Director (adelnore@pitt.edu) or Iris Matijevic, Activities, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator (irm24@pitt.edu) if you have any questions.

Please also take note of the University's Standards and Guidelines impacting "Fieldwork and Research Travel"