UO joins Global PDX, creating seed grant for international research

The University of Oregon has become an institutional member of Global PDX, a consortium of Oregon-based international development organizations trying to increase the effectiveness and impact of its members through networking, training, collaboration, coordinated research and mentorship. 

Global PDX is open to small and large international nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, businesses, foundations and individual funders. Oregon is home to dozens of small and large international development organizations that harness cutting-edge research to improve the livelihoods of people across the globe. 

UO faculty and students have a long history of supporting international development through research, study abroad, service learning and post-graduation employment. 

"By linking UO faculty to Oregon nonprofits, we help boost UO research and support the state's reputation as a hub for innovation in international development,” said Dennis Galvan, vice provost for international affairs.

UO's Office of International Affairs is leading the UO-Global PDX collaboration by hosting an event at noon Monday, May 22, in the Erb Memorial Union. The lunchtime event is intended to connect UO faculty from multiple departments with Global PDX member organizations to encourage collaboration and joint research. The office also is offering a faculty seed grant through the Global Studies Institute to support UO faculty international research that could be enhanced through collaboration with Global PDX member organizations.  

"We are delighted to have the University of Oregon as a member of Global PDX and applaud the university for its commitment to fostering collaboration amongst its faculty and our members through the seed grant," said Evan Thomas, Global PDX director and associate professor of thermal and fluid science at Portland State University.

For more information on the seed grant, see the Global Studies Institute website. All other questions about the UO-Global PDX partnership should be directed to Will Johnson in the Office of International Affairs.