Research in International Development

Partners First

Purdue University engages with nearly every country in the world and has formal, country-level partnerships in Peru, Colombia, Kenya and India that are tailored to fit local context. These partnerships require expert teams across all disciplines. Purdue is made up of 13 schools and colleges that include some of the highest ranked in the world including the College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, Krannert School of Management, College of Education, and College of Pharmacy. Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute also has extensive experience working internationally.  Purdue University puts partners first by customizing programs that engage these world-class resources in order to advance research solutions to overcome global challenges.  

Purdue's College of Engineering is among the largest in the US, and consistently ranked top in the U.S. and globally.  The Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships Office (GEPP) supports faculty and student interests in international research, exchange and project opportunities. The Shah Family Global Innovation Lab puts engineering innovations to work for global sustainable development.

Partner With Us

The GEPP Office pursued over 33 international development focused funding opportunities on behalf of faculty and students in 2019. They were worth a potential $384 million in funding and 75% of them were identified by GEPP staff.


Specifically the GEPP Office:

Identified and created relationships with funders and international partners
Provided Monitoring and Evaluation Services
Identified funding opportunities drafting and editing proposals
Identified strategies to scale solutions and support research transition
Provided project management and program delivery support
Aligned Purdue capabilities with donor expectations in sole-source situations including identifying activities and results that could be achieved.

The GEPP Office identified and worked with 56 partner organizations in pursuit of these proposals and other programs. This includes representing everyone’s interests in order to build trust between partners and Purdue. GEPP partner organizations include:

Non-Profits 35%
Universities 24% (11 Foreign, 4 US)
Private Orgs. 24%
Government 17%

The GEPP Office works across campus to leverage all of Purdue’s capabilities when engaging with partners. Below is a breakdown of proposals and partnerships GEPP supported, by region.

  Latin America & Caribbean Africa Middle East Europe/Eurasia \East Asia South & Southeast Asia
Partners 4 10 5 2 11
Proposals 1 11 5 3 8
Potential Funding $5 million $52.4 million $10.5 million $67,000 $316 million

Our work is centered on engaging partners and funders in order to provide sustainable and scalable opportunities to faculty and students.  Interested collaborators, partners and funders should contact Diana Harbison at