Global Partnership Grants

Global Partnership Grants (GPGs) enable global impact in research and development, technology innovation and multinational education.


The Global Partnership Grant program is designed to stimulate and develop rich collaborations between IMR faculty and centers with research groups from around the world by supporting inter-institutional research by hosting visiting researchers, supporting research activities, and enabling access to complementary facilities.


The goal of the GPG program is to catalyze high-impact research that blends strengths and common interests of global partners with IMR researchers that will elevate participating teams and institutions in scholarly and market impact.


While primary areas of interest would align with IMR’s Signature Areas, appropriate topics from atoms to systems to manufacturing are always of interest. With each award, partnering institutions provide matching funds to provide optimal assistance to collaborating researchers.  Additionally, industry partners with GPG teams are strongly encouraged.


More Info

Interested researchers should contact IMR grants developer Joanna Gardner at


Recent GPG Awardees

Click to read: Frontier Center announces first set of awards to 6 new collaborative research teams from IIT Bombay and Ohio State



The GPG program began as a result of the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme, which is built around a vision of translational materials innovation for advanced energy and sustainability. The GPG program grew from an IMR-hosted workshop with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) in 2015. At that event, which focused on materials for energy and sensor applications, IIT Bombay researchers shared their work, toured Ohio State research facilities and, ultimately, came to the conclusion with their new colleagues that the two institutions shared a myriad of research interests and aspirations. IMR then quickly established a new program to help find and fund innovative projects that connect universities’ complementary research strengths and assets from around the world. IMR GPG partnership programs currently exist with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, which are coordinated with the IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Science and Engineering Research Center, and with the Tyndall National Institute, of Ireland.