European Union Center
Request for Proposals
Grant Renewal
US Department of Education
Title VI National Resource Center

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Online submission form


The European Union Center (EU Center) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) invites Illinois faculty, departments and units to submit proposals in anticipation of a forthcoming broader institutional call for proposals from the US Department of Education Title VI program.

The EU Center seeks proposals from faculty, departments and units from all disciplines and fields of study that support research, teaching, outreach, and economic development activities related to contemporary Europe, the EU, and transatlantic affairs. The funding period for this grant is expected to be August 15, 2018 – August 14, 2022. In the last cycle, the Department of Education has awarded the Center more than $2 million to cover program expenses in support of research, teaching, outreach, and language fellowships and training.


EU Center’s History and Mission

The EU Center was established in 1998 with support from the European Union (EU), as one of the ten original EU Centers in the United States. In 2003, the US Department of Education designated the EU Center as a Title VI National Resource Center. In 2011-15, the EU recognized the EU Center as a EU Center of Excellence, and in 2015-18 as a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.

With over 120 faculty representing all colleges and professional schools across the UI campus, the EU Center fosters knowledge of and engagement with the EU and transatlantic relations. The Center prides itself on its uniquely interdisciplinary and inclusive approach, reflected in all areas of the Center’s engagement and support to faculty, academic programs, and in outreach.

As one of the most comprehensive EU centers in the US, the EU Center is dedicated to promoting scholarly research on Europe, the EU and transatlantic relations; strengthening the undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula on Europe and the EU across all colleges; training the next generation of experts on EU policies and transatlantic affairs; and reaching out to K-12 educators and students, community colleges, businesses, government leaders, the media, and the general public through an extensive outreach program to deepen understanding between the peoples of the US and the EU. The EU Center also proudly offers a M.A. in EU Studies, the first such degree program in the US. 


Types of Activities to be Supported

Applicants may propose activities for a single year during the grant cycles, or annual/recurring activities across 4 years. In past grant cycles, the following amounts have been awarded to faculty-led initiatives:

  • Research (including international/domestic travel, RA support, books etc.): up to $10,000
  • Development of new courses, minors, concentrations, certificates or their revision/enhancement to incorporate European/EU studies or perspectives (including study abroad/international service learning, online, synchronous video-conference courses; RA/TA support or summer salary): up to $7,500
  • Event programming (including lecture series, symposia and conferences): up to $5,000
  • Outreach, broadly conceived (K-12 teachers and students; community colleges, policy-makers, media, business, general public): up to $10,000
  • Economic development, including activities that develop public-private partnerships in academic research with the business sector: up to $10,000
  • Building of strategic international partnerships: up to $10,000
  • Ineligible costs: Food and alcohol; student travel; equipment.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose activities that will help to meet the invited priorities of the Title VI grant. While those priorities have not yet been formally specified by the sponsor, through technical workshops and conversations with program officers the EU Center anticipates the following priorities to be articulated in the sponsor calls for proposals:

  • Languages and cultures of Europe
  • EU and transatlantic policy issues including but not limited to
    • security
    • trade
    • entrepreneurship
    • energy
    • radicalism
    • immigration
    • citizenship
    • culture
    • identity
    • environment
    • education
    • health
    • social inclusion
    • media
  • Foreign language training and instruction across disciplines; practical implementation of language expertise (translation and interpretation); innovative approaches to foreign language pedagogy development; language teacher training and assessment, especially for less commonly taught languages
  • Collaborations with Colleges of Education, especially incorporating European/EU studies into teacher training programs and curriculum (both for pre-service or in-service teachers)
  • Engagement with professional schools, community colleges, or minority serving institutions
  • Diversity and engagement with underrepresented minorities
  • Educational diplomacy; strategic partnerships with European countries; multidisciplinary projects that lead to or strengthen existing broad-based institutional partnerships with European and North American universities or other organizations (corporations, non-profit etc.)
  • Potential for enhanced regional and national economic development and commercial relations
  • Outreach to K-12 teachers and students, business, media, policymakers, and general public 

Evaluation Criteria
All proposals must broadly address and support the EU Center mission and have implications for incorporating European/EU perspectives into research, teaching, or outreach. Projects will be evaluated on a) adherence to the priorities outlined in this RfP; b) expected lasting outcomes, broad impact, high visibility and tangible deliverables; c) intra- or extra-mural institutional collaboration; and d) appropriate budget plan, including potential for leveraging internal or external resources (although each proposal need not address all criteria).


Application Process (Deadline: February 15, 2018)

Online submission form is available at Proposals must be received by February 15, 2018 for full consideration. Each proposal should include a) project description and goals; b) timeline; c) outcomes and/or deliverables; d) plans for dissemination/visibility; e) potential impact on students, faculty/staff, outreach audience(s), and/or field(s) of study; f) a basic budget that specifies expenditures over one or more years of the grant period [Aug 15, 2018-Aug 14, 2022] including funding from other sources.


Notification and Follow-up Process

Project leaders of applications selected for inclusion in the EU Center’s Title VI NRC proposals will be notified by no later than February 28, 2018. While not required, matching funds or expressions of other institutional support are strongly encouraged. Applicants whose proposals are successful with the EU Center for incorporation into the Title VI NRC may be asked to provide letters of commitment from other funding sources, since such letters will help to strengthen the overall proposal. Full funding will be contingent on successful renewal of the EU Center’s Title VI NRC grant for the upcoming 2018-22 cycle.


Informational Meetings:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 4-5 pm | 101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St. | Export to Outlook or iCal

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 9-10 am | 101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St. | Export to Outlook or iCal


For further guidance or general questions, please contact Carla Santos, Director, EU Center ( or Sebnem Ozkan, Associate Director, EU Center (