Krishna Ella Global Innovation Award

2024 Call for Proposals


The Krishna Ella Global Innovation Award seeks to catalyze “5i” projects led by CALS faculty and staff. 5i partnerships and projects are ones that are international, interdisciplinary, inclusive, innovative, and integrated (includes at least two of research, education, and outreach).  Proposed activities should ideally lead to the development or advancement of a funded or self-sustaining project. 


The lead applicant must be CALS faculty or academic staff with a CALS home department or unit. Other team members do not need to be in CALS and can include international partners, however funding will not be sent to international collaborators. 

Application Process:

Please submit a one-page description of the proposed activity. The proposal should include the following categories:

  • Project overview including how it is international, interdisciplinary, inclusive, innovative, and integrated
  • Project objectives
  • Proposed activities
  • Deliverables and intended outcomes

As appendices, please include:

  • A one-page budget, not to exceed $10,000 along with a description of any expected leveraged support
  • A one-page description of the team members including their role and expertise.
  • A two-page CV or bio brief for the project lead

Note that for projects focused on international dairy research and development – priority will be given to activities that align with or include collaborators at international research centers such as ILRI, CATIE. 

The entire document should be no more than five pages and submitted by the deadline as a single pdf document to with a subject headline “Krishna Ella Global Innovation Award.”

Format should be single-spaced, 11-point or larger font, and standard 1-inch margins.

Timeline and Process:

Request for applications (RFA) will be issued in December 2023 with a submission deadline of January 26, 2024 at 5 PM CST. The selection decision will be announced by February 27, 2024, with an expected start date of on/or after March 15, 2024. Funds will be available for 12 months from date of acceptance. Extensions will be permitted in the event of health or safety issues beyond our control. Expenses must be approved by CALS Global prior to activity. Unused funds will revert to CALS Global at grant completion. All expenditures are subject to UW rules and policy. There is no mandatory cost-share requirement.

Supported Activities:

The grant may be used to support the following activities. Priority will be given to work that may lead to ongoing collaboration through a grant, contract, or other funded/supported mechanism.

  1. Research/outreach/education project development or implementation in or with collaborators in another country
  2. Travel to an international partner institution to collaborate on project development or a grant proposal
  3. Hosting an international partner at UW/CALS to develop a project or proposal

Not Supported:

Funds cannot be used for tuition payments or remission, salaries, or long-term housing.

Selection Process:

A sub-committee selected by CALS Global will review all applications and prepare a ranked list based on published criteria. The Director of CALS Global will make the final selection. For further information, please contact CALS Global Research and Partnerships Coordinator, Julia Frangul (