Strategic Partnership Funding for travel to IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Photo of Satish Udpa and Leo Kempel with IIT Madras deans signing program documentStrategic Partnership Funding for travel to IIT Madras, Chennai, India

The Engineering leadership at Michigan State University and at The Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in partnership with our International Offices and our institutional leadership teams have made funding available to develop, enhance, and launch research programs between Michigan State University College of Engineering and partners at the Indian Institute of Madras, India.

Eligible proposals may include collaborative research ideas, exchange of faculty and co-developed curriculum; all cooperation that builds and strengthens our institutional partnerships.

Collaborative research is essential to these partnerships. Faculty who participate are asked to build broad and deep cooperation with the partner institutions that result in grant research proposal development and submission. Grant development can be facilitated by the international offices in collaboration with involved departments.

Travel Grants & Strategic Partnership Funding can be used to provide partial support for travel costs to develop relationships, both for faculty and partners coming from abroad.

Submitting a Proposal

IIT Madras: Submit Proposals to:  John Verboncoeur (, Associate Dean for Research

MSU: Submit Proposals to: Dean Mahesh Panchagnula (, Dean of International and Alumni Relations

Proposals (1-2 pages) should include:

1. A narrative that addresses the following questions:

  • What activities are proposed for this travel?
  • What results are expected from these activities and this travel?
  • What are the long-term goals of this research collaboration and who will be involved?
  • Who are the faculty involved in the project and from which departments/fields of study?
  • With which departments and/or colleges at the host university will you collaborate?
  • If project participants previously have engaged in collaborative work with colleagues there, what was the nature and duration of that collaboration?
  • Inclusion of industry partners in support of the research effort will award a higher weighted score.

2. A proposed budget.

Evaluating Proposals

The Deans of Engineering, International Programs, and leadership at all institutions will be evaluating this funding initiative for long-term outcomes. The criteria that will be used to evaluate the outcomes include:

  • Quality and number of collaborative research grant applications submitted and awarded
  • Number of Dual PhD Degree Students participating as a result of the joint research efforts
  • Collaborative research publications completed
  • Faculty exchanged, through post-doctoral and visiting scholar appointments, and Curricular innovations (collaborative courses and internship programs, etc.).