Lemann Center Collaborative Research Grants 2024 Call for Proposals


Welcome to the Lemann Center Collaborative Research Grants 2024!

We invite you to submit your research proposals for collaborative projects between UIUC faculty and faculty members from Brazil's universities and public research institutions.

Application Deadline: February 13, 2024

Grant Amount: Up to $20,000 (depending on the project proposal and budget) for one year of collaborative research.

Eligibility: These grants are open to all UIUC full-time faculty members developing research projects in collaboration with their Brazilian counterparts. At least one faculty member from UIUC must be included in the application.

Restrictions: Grant funds can be utilized for on-campus research, airfare, in-country transportation expenses, living expenses, and other research-related costs. While comparative studies involving Brazil and other countries will be considered, funding will only be provided for the Brazilian portion of the research. Funding requests must adhere to the guidelines and receive approval from the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies and the Illinois Global Institute business administration office. Please refer to the budget guidelines provided.

Evaluation: Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of Brazilianists appointed by the Center.

Reporting: Grant recipients are required to submit a 1-2 page report within six weeks after the completion of their grant tenure. Successful applicants must acknowledge the support received from the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies in any publications resulting from their grant and agree to present their findings in a seminar at the Center.

Budget Guidelines: Detailed budget guidelines can be found here.


The application process for the Lemann Center Research Grants is as follows:

  1. The competition takes place annually, and the deadline for the 2024 grants is February 13, 2024.
  2. Applicants must submit completed applications and proposals electronically, uploaded to Box.
  3. Proposals will not be accepted without all the application materials listed below. Please submit your application as a single PDF file.

Application Requirements:

  1. Cover Sheet. The cover sheet can be downloaded from here.  
  2. A double-spaced, 1000-word proposal, plus bibliography. The proposal should discuss hypotheses, relevant theories and methods, the data employed, and how the UIUC faculty member is collaborating with a counterpart in Brazil.
  3. A brief descriptive title and a 200-word summary of the project.
  4. A detailed budget for the research and the amount requested from the Lemann Center. If the counterpart faculty in Brazil is/are also seeking funding from Brazilian agencies, applicants should include the budget submitted by the Brazilian scholar(s) to their funding agencies.
  5. A current Curriculum Vitae for the Principal Investigators (UIUC faculty member and the Brazilian scholar[s]). The proposal should also include the CVs of any other person participating in the research team.
  6. The itinerary for travel. Since it is a collaborative research project, the proposal should normally include visits to Brazil from UIUC faculty or visits from Brazil of the Brazilian scholar(s) involved. If the research does not include travel, it must justify how the researchers will engage in collaboration.

The Grant Proposal:

All proposals should explain what the researchers plan to do and why, making clear the relevance of the project to their professional experience and the significance of the project for Brazil as well as within their field of scholarship. They must also explain the participation of the Brazilian scholar(s) in the research and how their work relates to that of the UIUC researcher. When drafting the collaborative research proposal, applicants should bear in mind that the selection committee is interdisciplinary and composed of scholars who are not necessarily specialists in the area of the applicants.

If the project began before the tenure of the grant, applicants should give a brief summary of the progress already made on the project and how this grant will contribute to advancing the research. If the project is a new project, applicants must explain how it relates to their current work and the work proposed for the scholar(s) in Brazil. Applicants should include information on any publication arrangements already made.

If the project includes funding from any Brazilian funding agency, applicants should include information about the funding source and the budget submitted by the Brazilian scholar to that funding agency. Proposals that indicate commitments by Brazilian funding agencies are especially encouraged. However, statements should explain how the project will be developed without the commitment of these financial sources if they do not materialize.

The bibliography should be no longer than two pages and should be attached to the project description. Each page of the proposal and budget should be consecutively numbered, with the names of the two PIs in the upper right hand corner of each page. The proposal should be headed with a brief descriptive title.


For more information, please contact Elis Artz, Lemann Center Program Coordinator, at Coble Hall, Room 305. You can reach her via email at elisartz@illinois.edu.

We look forward to receiving your applications and supporting your research endeavors as you contribute to advancing knowledge about Brazil.

Current and Previous Research Grant Recipients