Grants and Awards

This page outlines the recent grants and awards the SUNY COIL Center has received. COIL is grateful for the funding and recognition from these leaders in international education. Their support has contributed substantially to the work we have been able to complete in recent years with institutions at SUNY, across the U.S., and around the world.

The COIL Stevens Initiative Project 

Funder: The Aspen Institute & the Stevens Initiative 

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The SUNY COIL Center was awarded the Stevens Initiative Grant in March 2016 to further partnerships and exchange between SUNY and schools in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) schools. This project is funded by the J. Christopher Stevens Initiative, U.S. State Department, Bezos Family Foundation, among other donors. The SUNY COIL Center was awarded this grant to increase academic collaboration between MENA and US institutions through COIL-enhanced courses that utilize virtual exchange platforms and project-based asynchronous course design.

USA-Mexico Multistate COIL Program

Funder: United States Department of State & Embassy of the United States in Mexico City

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In the awarded project, the COIL Center will develop 18 partnerships between SUNY/USA colleges and universities and Mexican institutions of higher education.  As an initiative of the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research (FOBESII), a total of 36 co-equal, team taught COIL-enhanced courses will be developed to provide experiential and collaborative student learning opportunities, and to develop sustainable international ties between institutions in the U.S. and Mexico.  We estimate that up to 1500 students from the USA and Mexico will gain meaningful cross-cultural experiences over the two years of this project.  

COIL Latin America Partnership Program
2013 - 2015

Funder: Banco Santander - Santander Universities Program

In the newly awarded project, COIL will develop eight partnerships between SUNY and members of the Santander Universities in Latin America in support of the development and pilot of co-equal, team taught learning environments which emphasize experimental and collaborative student learning. The courses developed will benefit more than 1,200 students from SUNY and the Santander Universities network in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

SUNY-Québec COIL Course Development Program
2012 - 2013

Funder: Québec Ministère des Relations internationals - Major Academic Initiatives Grant Program

The project seeks to increase inter-university collaboration between Québec and SUNY academic
institutions, contribute to greater understanding of Québec by SUNY students, and encourage cross-border dialogue between faculty and students. A class on entrepreneurship was jointly offered between the Université Laval and SUNY’s College at Old Westbury using online tools followed by a capstone visit to Québec City by the SUNY students. The results of this course will be disseminated in order to promote the development of a second course between the regions which will be support by COIL staff.

COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities

Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities - Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

The COIL Center developed and implemented a three-year Institute linking 22 American universities with 27 partner universities abroad to create international collaborative courses and develop best practices. These courses were offered during the spring and fall semesters of 2012. In April, 2013, COIL held a two-day Capstone Conference at the SUNY Global Center where Institute Fellows shared their experiences and developed case studies which will soon be made available through our website.

Bringing the World into the Classroom: American Council on Education Award to Recognize
Innovative Use of Technology to Promote Internationalization


The COIL Center was one of three winners of this national competition. COIL then co-developed presentations and training workshops with ACE, while ACE invited COIL’s Director, Jon Rubin, to present the role of technology in advancing curricular internationalization to their Blue Ribbon Evaluation Panel.

SUNY-EHU Globally Networked Course Development Program
2008 - 2012

Funder: Open Society Foundations - International Higher Education Support Program

COIL worked with faculty, staff and senior administration to assess and enhance the Distance Learning and Low-Residence Programs at European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania, a University-in-Exile, forced out of Belarus but continuing to primarily serve Belarusan students. COIL also worked with EHU to develop and support an array of globally networked courses with SUNY campuses.

Internationalize Humanities Education through Globally Networked Learning
2008 - 2010

Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities – Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant

COIL provided support and guidance to three Humanities scholars at SUNY Purchase and their partners abroad as they developed globally networked courses which were offered fall 2009 and spring 2010. A criterion for admittance into this program was that faculty could not have taught online before. This allowed us to address the question of whether faculty without such experience could be trained to successfully teach a globally networked course in one semester. Our positive results showed that this was indeed viable.