Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

September 28, 2011 - In the News

FSI to award $400,000 for new research addressing global underdevelopment

Researchers at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies are finding ways to improve children’s health and education in rural China. They’re exploring the politics behind Russian’s public health crisis and using cell phone technology to make sure people living in one of Africa’s largest slums have access to clean drinking water.

Their work – and the research underway by other faculty members across the Stanford campus trying to solve some of the world’s most persistent problems – is supported in part by the Global Underdevelopment Action Fund. The program awards up to $40,000 to individual researchers creating projects that tackle issues like hunger, poverty and poor governance.

Since it was established last year, the Action Fund has doled out a total of $436,000 to 11 researchers.

Now entering its third round of Action Fund grants, FSI is seeking proposals from faculty interested in multidisciplinary research aimed at influencing and changing government policies, creating practical solutions to seemingly intractable problems, and training students.

Award recipients will present their work at a monthly Action Fund seminar during the academic year and submit a summary report at the end of the funding period.

Proposals are due by Oct. 31 and will be reviewed by Nov. 15. They should be submitted electronically to Belinda Byrne at

Work done by previous grant recipients will be showcased in a series of seminars dubbed “Action Fund Fridays” over the next several months.

Topics: Governance | Water | China | Russia