China Research and Engagement Fund
Since its launch in 2015, Penn’s China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) has catalyzed new faculty research in areas ranging from economic history to cardiovascular imaging; supported the development of new courses and Global Seminars on subjects from the history of Judaism in China to high speed rail; and shared expertise on issues from dairy production to stroke prevention. In conjunction with the University’s schools and centers in Philadelphia and the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, CREF has helped to significantly enhance Penn’s engagement with China. Going forward, the University intends to pursue an even broader, more interdisciplinary approach to engaging China.
Beginning with the 2019 Call for Proposals, CREF will transition to a “Phase 2” which will focus it on supporting interdisciplinary research, teaching, and other activities that seek to understand China not just as a country, but as a cross-cutting, global phenomenon. In Phase 2, CREF’s priorities are to: support interdisciplinary, inter-School projects and activities; engage non-China specialists, students, and external partners to better understand China-related issues and questions; and organize a sustained series of events and outputs that convene these diverse perspectives with the objective of producing novel, integrative insights to complex interdisciplinary issues.
CREF welcomes expressions of interest from interested Penn faculty and administrators, which must be submitted by 12:00 PM US EST, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The Frequently Asked Questions below are intended to help present basic details regarding CREF’s Phase 2 priorities. Faculty and administrators considering submitting a proposal are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.