Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Global Affairs, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Sustainability are pleased to announce the call for grants to promote multidisciplinary collaborations focused on one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals facilitate faculty work on the economic, social, and environmental issues that are critical to humankind at the local, regional, national, and international levels. These challenges are complex and interlinked, and to address them requires multi-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder collaborations. UC Davis is committed to contributing to the achievement of these goals through research, teaching, and service.

The 2020-21 Call for Proposals is Now Closed

The purpose of the collaborative SDGs grant program is to advance global conversations and incentivize inclusive collaborations among interdisciplinary teams of UC Davis faculty and international partners to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. Proposals might advance the achievement of the SDGs in in different ways, including but not limited to: 

  • by generating collaborations around specific or multiple SDGs focused on a particular region of the world (e.g. in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, etc.) and/or a particular SDG-oriented challenge (e.g. climate change or alleviating poverty, hunger, or socioeconomic inequality);
  • by advancing partnership around SDGs with an institution abroad;
  • by exploring creatively how the SDGs provide a common language and platform for tackling challenges both locally and globally. 

Grant funding supports workshops, seminars, speaker series, capacity and partnernship building, or other similar events or activities taking place either on the UC Davis campus or in other venues around the world in which UC Davis is a visible lead organizer. Given the current realities of COVID-19, you are encouraged to be creative and to take advantage of remote interactions; even though travel has been temporarily curtailed, the need for global collaboration has become all the more important.

Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals, with the logos for UC Davis Global Affairs; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Office of Sustainability


UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation members from any UC Davis location are eligible to apply. Proposals are encouraged from diverse groups of at least three PIs, of whom two must be UC Davis faculty.

Ideally, teams will include at least one international collaborator and will represent a range of disciplines and experiences. Including undergraduate and graduate or professional students in grant activities is highly encouraged, but they may not serve as project leads.


We expect to fund up to seven awards of up to $7,500 this year.

  • Four awards are open for projects that focus on one or more of the 17 SDG Goals;
  • One award will go to a proposal that is clearly focused on SDG 10.3: “Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies, and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies, and action in this regard”;
  • Two awards will be reserved for CAMPOS/CAMPSSAH scholars
    • CAMPOS and CAMPSSAH have as their mission to encompass the multicultural perspectives of academic faculty in STEM as well as social science, arts, and humanities. Both Centers focus on expanding the presence of women and underrepresented faculty in those disciplines.
  • Funding is provided for work to be carried out over a period of up to two years. The timeline for funding will be from March 2021 – March 2023.


Proposed activities should take place between March 2021 and March 2023.


Please use the budget worksheet on the cover page as you develop your budget. The budget can include the following categories and must be accompanied by a budget narrative:

  • Personnel (salaries*, speakers) 
  • Travel and Entertainment (listing of facility rentals/costs, food, transportation)
  • Materials and Supplies
  • Misc. Services (conference fees, honoraria, computer services, etc.)

Note: The budget is not subject to indirect costs. *Salaries for full-time university employees CANNOT be included in the budget.

Submission Requirements

Information regarding the 2020-21 Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals and proposal requirements can be found on the Global Affairs website. 

Proposals should include the following elements:

  1. Proposal Cover Sheet including a one paragraph abstract of the proposed project/collaboration. (150 word maximum)
  2. A description of the proposed project, including the SDGs that it supports, proposed activities, project timeline, expected tangible outcomes, etc. (2 pages)
  3. Detailed budget and budget narrative. Please see the budget portion of the cover page on the Global Affairs website for details regarding expenditures. (2 pages)

Submit your proposal in PDF form by the January 20, 2021 (at noon) extended deadline. 

Grant awardees will be announced at the virtual International Connections Reception on March 4, 2021.  

Evaluation Criteria

We encourage applications for proposals that:

  • Foster interdisciplinary interaction among UC Davis faculty working in more than one department, college, or school;
  • Integrate clearly concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion, and environmental and social sustainability;
  • Incorporate visible connections to one or more SDGs;
  • Demonstrate rich global collaboration and engagement internationally and/or locally;
  • Create meaningful educational opportunities for graduate, professional and/or undergraduate students;
  • Involve at least three PI sponsors; and
  • Demonstrate how the activity can pivot partially or wholly to a virtual space, if needed.

Evaluation Process

Applications will be collected and collated by Global Affairs’ staff.  They will be read and evaluated by a review committee made up of representatives of all three offices and a representative from the faculty. All applications will be ranked by at least two members of the review committee using the above criteria.

Final Reports

Grant recipients will be expected to submit a final report at the end of the award period, which will include information about the project’s accomplishments and future plans. It also requests information about how the funds were expended.  If the grant project takes place elsewhere, we expect that a brief presentation of the project and its results be open to the UC Davis community on campus as well.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Global Affairs faculty grants have been given a one-year extension. See answers to frequently asked questions related to international research and travel during COVID-19.

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Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals Recipients