Want to get connected with and involved in UTIA international activities? The UTIA faculty and staff Ignite fund provides matching funds for faculty and staff to grow ongoing UTIA international projects and programs. This fund provides up to $1,000 to a faculty or staff member to support international travel to a location in which UTIA is developing or has ongoing projects and programs.

  • All UTIA faculty and staff are eligible to receive an award one time per calendar year.
  • Faculty and staff with appointments in any of the four UTIA units (AgResearch, Herbert, CVM, UT Extension) or with appointments in a UTIA service unit (e.g. IT, Marketing and Communications, Advancement, Facilities and Services, etc.) are all eligible to apply.
  • Ignite funds must be matched 1:1 by a UTIA faculty or staff member, and/or a dean, department head or director.
How to apply
Selection process
  • As opportunities to engage in international opportunities occur on a rolling basis, applications will also be received and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Funds will be expended based on the merit of applications.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Smith International Center team with consultation from deans, department heads, directors and the UTIA International Advisory Council.
  • Applications will be reviewed based on fit with UTIA ongoing international activities and potential for strengthening an individual’s ongoing teaching, research, Extension, and service activities.
  • Once funds are fully expended for the calendar year, no more funds will be available until the next calendar year. UTIA Smith International Center expects to fund up to 20 matched travel awards per calendar year.
  • No more than one application per individual will be funded per calendar year. Individuals are allowed and encouraged to apply again in subsequent years.



 (Last updated: 2/19/20)