Six faculty members awarded inaugural Greater China Collaboration Grants

Author: Joya Helmuth

Notre Dame International is building, sustaining, and encouraging academic and research collaboration with leading universities in the Greater China region, including mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. This grant program is part of the University’s broader international strategy to engage Greater China by building upon existing academic partnerships and strengthening opportunities for research, scholarship, and graduate student training.


“The University’s Beijing Global Gateway and Hong Kong Global Center will amplify the impact and relevance of the research by Notre Dame faculty in cooperation with leading scholars and researchers in Greater China by convening conferences, symposia, or workshops,” said Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia and director of the Beijing Global Gateway.


The Greater China Collaboration Grant is generously funded by alumni from the region, who aligned with Notre Dame International to promote the University’s research collaboration and impact in Greater China. The Greater China Collaboration Grant program joins Notre Dame International’s portfolio of international research funding opportunities, including similar funding in Mexico and Chile, and broader grants encouraging research at the University’s Global Gateways and Centers around the world. 


“Notre Dame International’s research funding opportunities, including the Greater China Collaboration Grant, will enable scholars and researchers to enhance the impact of their research in concert with the University’s global network, and strengthen academic partnerships throughout the world,” said Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization.


Faculty based in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Business have been awarded grants for the following research projects during the 2017-18 academic year:


Xiaobo Sharon Hu, Computer Science and Engineering: “From Emerging Devices to Emerging Applications: Cross-Layer Design and Benchmarking”

Research Partners: Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Beihang University, National Chiao Tung University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Pengjie Gao, Finance: “Contracting with Behaviorally Biased Investors: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment”

Research Partners: Tsinghua University and Financial Data Technology, Inc. (HK)

Umesh Garg, Physics: “Collaboration with Scientists in China in Nuclear Structure Physics and the Notre Dame-China Workshops on Exotic Structures in Nuclei”

Research Partners: Peking University, Tsinghua University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Institute of Modern Physics, Lanzhou, and the University of Hong Kong

Khachatur Manukyan, Physics: “Next-Generation Materials for Exhaust Gas Pollutant Control"
            Research Partner: University of Hong Kong

Yiyu Shi, Computer Science and Engineering: “Smart Sands: Exploring Millimeter Scale Smart Particles for Assessment of Soil Liquefaction during Earthquakes"

Research Partners: Tsinghua University, Institute of Microelectronics, and China Geological Survey

Haifeng Gao, Chemistry and Biochemistry: “Developing Nanostructured Polymersome via Supramolecular Assembly of Dendritic Polymers for Targeted Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer”
            Research Partner: Tsinghua University


Notre Dame International provides several collaboration grant opportunities for international research. More information can be found at


Contact: Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization, at


Originally published by Joya Helmuth at on August 17, 2017.