Conducting International Research

Internal Funding Opportunities for International Research

Global Education Office (GEO) Funding Opportunities
The Global Education Office offers a number of funding opportunities to help academic departments fulfill their international goals. The Global Education Office offers a number of funding opportunities to help academic departments fulfill their international goals.

Quest Global Impact Awards
This program funds proposals from academic units to develop new and innovative programming in support of the Quest for Distinction’s internationalization goals. There are 4 award categories: Collaborative Degree Awards; Departmental Study Abroad; Global Visiting Scholar Awards; Virtual Global Classroom Awards; and Faculty Development Seminars.

Harris-Manchester College Oxford Summer Research Institute
Funded by the VCU Global Education Office and the Office of Research and Innovation, the Harris-Manchester Oxford Summer Research Institute is an opportunity for faculty to spend a week away from the usual routine to focus on a scholarly area of interest. Provides travel and room/board.

External Funding Opportunities for International Research

Selected funding opportunities from various sponsors: The funding highlighted here includes opportunities to conduct research and programming with international collaborators, at international sites, or that is funded by international sponsors. This list is available to VCU Pivot account holders.

International Directory of Foundations: International, regional, and country-specific directories about foundations, and information about their contents. By the Foundation Center.


Export Control: Regulations promulgated and enforced by the Department of Commerce, Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the Department of State, International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) prohibit the unlicensed export of specific technologies for reasons of national security or protection of trade. If VCU research involves such specified technologies, the EAR and/or ITAR may require the University to obtain prior approval from State or Commerce before allowing foreign nationals to participate in the research or partnering with a foreign company and sharing research—verbally or in writing—with persons who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Subjects Protection: For human subjects, VCU IRB Written Policies and Procedures, Part III, provide guidance to investigators conducting research in foreign countries.

Foreign Travel: The Office of Procurement provides information on insurance and risk management. Click here for more information.

Conflict of Interest: Whether real or only perceived, all identified conflicts of interests must be addressed.


Global Education Office: The Global Education Office helps bring the world to Virginia Commonwealth University while promoting internationalizing the university.

The National Scholarship Office: The National Scholarship Office (NSO) supports VCU students and alumni who are interested in applying for prestigious national and international scholarships, such as Fulbright.