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Updated: May 19, 2023

The University of Illinois System and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) have established a joint seed research grants program for one year,

starting with the academic year 2022-23.

This program will fund projects in three thematic areas: Food and Health; Water; Energy. The over arching goal is to contribute towards solving problems related to Poverty, the Environment, andSustainable well-being. Transdisciplinary approaches will be particularly welcome.This Request for Proposals is soliciting proposals for funding under this joint program. Only joint proposals with at least one principal investigator from each university will be eligible to apply for funding under this program. Only tenure-track faculty can serve as principal investigators.All proposals will be evaluated by a joint review committee of faculty and scientists appointed by thePresident of the University of Illinois System and the Rector of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma deMéxico or their designees. Decisions of the joint review committee will be final. Both universities will have

an equal number of members on this committee.

Evaluation criteria will include:

- technical quality,

- relevance of the topic,

- degree of collaboration and interaction,

- evidence of prior collaborative work,

- graduate and/or undergraduate student participation.

Each institution is investing $100,000 dollars in this collaborative research program for one year. The seed funds are not transferable between institutions. Each university will fund only its principal investigators participating in the joint proposals selected by the joint review committee. A proposal can have a budget request of no more than $40,000 dollars jointly, resulting in 5 joint awards annually. The cap of $20,000dollars awarded by each institution for each selected project must be used not later than December 31, 2023.

The submissions should conform to the outline attached, including a timeline for the completion of various tasks related to the project. Applications will have a limit of four (4) pages, excluding the title page, references, and appendices.

Proposals should be submitted by December 15, 2022 in English and Spanish as a single PDF document to the e-mail and complete the web tools form

The Illinois Mexican & Mexican-American Students Initiative (I-MMAS)

and the Coordinación de laInvestigación Científica of UNAM will jointly

manage the entire request for proposal process.

Results will be available by January 31, 2023.

Funds will be available by February 2023.

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