2021 Innovation Fund Grant Program to Build Partnerships and Training Programs
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Innovation Fund Grant Competition to Build Partnerships and Training Programs between the United States, Central America, and the Dominican Republic.
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This Innovation Fund competition seeks proposals from a diversity of HEIs, including four-year degree-issuing institutions (public & private), colleges, community colleges, technical/vocational schools, and other post-secondary institutions with credit-bearing programs. The Innovation Fund seeks the broadest diversity of institutions to compete for 100K grants to create and implement new models of student academic exchange and training programs that will have the greatest possibility of replication throughout the United States and rest of the Western Hemisphere.
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Proposals must promote academic exchange and training for students in one or more of the themes:
Environment & Climate Solutions
Human Rights & Public Policy
Health Sciences & Public Health
Education Technology; Distance/Virtual Education
Food & Agricultural Sciences
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
The intent of the 2021 Innovation Fund Grant Competition to Build Partnerships between USA, Central America, and the Dominican Republic is to award up to twelve (12) Innovation Fund grants of 25,000 each to teams of higher education institutions between the U.S. and eligible countries.
Higher education institutions will be notified of the status of their proposals by October 31, 2021.
Following the award notification by Partners of the Americas, grant-winning teams will receive details and documents related to formalizing and receiving the award funds.
The grant period will be from January 1 – December 31, 2022 for projects that include HEIs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and/or Belize. Extensions may be granted pending analysis of the 100K program at the time of the request, and in coordination with Partners of the Americas.
The grant period for projects that include HEIs in Panama and/or the Dominican Republic will be from and November 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022, with no possibility of extensions.
Higher education institutions that are successful in implementing Innovation Fund grants will:
Plan, promote, and implement new exchange/training opportunities for students in the U.S. and in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, or the Dominican Republic;
Increase numbers of students working in teams to gain skills in the U.S. and in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, or the Dominican Republic;
Create/strengthen HEI partnerships through bilateral academic exchange programs;
Engage/collaborate with Innovation Fund during and after the grant period to share lessons learned, effective practices, and new models of academic mobility and training programs.
All higher education institutions in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.
For more information, visit http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/grants/