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International Research Funding Alert June 2015

Title: Central African Republic Peacebuilding Partnership
Sponsor: Agency for International Development
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Location: Central Africa
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269348
Summary: The following list of potential applicants is not exhaustive and is provided for illustrative purposes only. USAID welcomes applications from many types of organizations including U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses, business and trade associations, foundations, U.S. and non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, international organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities, civic groups, regional organizations, etc. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. An individual cannot apply as an applicant. If an international partner is interested in applying, they must collaborate with and include a local non-governmental organization registered with the Central African Republic Government or a local community civil society organization/association as a partner in the proposed alliance.
Title: Cochran Fellowship Program
Sponsor: USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS)
Deadline: June 19, 2015
Location: Eastern Europe & Eurasia
Amount: $20,000 approximately
Website: http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/cochran-fellowship-program
Summary: The Cochran Fellowship Program offers short-term training opportunities, most ranging from 2 to 3 weeks in length, depending on the objectives of the program. During training programs Fellows meet with professionals in their fields, participate in field observations and industry visits, experience on-the-job training, attend university courses and seminars, attend agricultural expos or conventions, or participate in a combination of the above. No training, however, will be approved which directly enhances a country's ability to export goods in competition with the United States. Cochran Fellowship Program staff work closely with the Foreign Agricultural Service's overseas offices and U.S. agricultural trade and market development associations to identify potential areas of training for countries participating in the Cochran Fellowship Program. Every effort is made to match U.S. agricultural interests with those of recipient countries.
Title: FY 2015 Gap Year Program for Russian Students
Sponsor: U.S. Mission to Russia
Deadline: June 26, 2015
Location: Moscow
Amount: $1,800,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276752
Summary: U.S. Embassy, Moscow Public Affairs Section Request for Grant Proposals: FY 2015 Gap Year Program for Russian Students Announcement Type: New Cooperative Agreement Application Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2015 Total Funding: $1.8 million, pending the availability of funds. Funding Opportunity Number: DOSRUS-15-GR-003 Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.040 Anticipated Award Date: September 1, 2015. Anticipated Project Completion Date: September 30, 2017 Funding Opportunity Title: FY 2015 Gap Year Program for Russian Students Eligible Applicants: Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION/EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The U.S. Embassy in Moscow (PAS Moscow) invites proposal submissions for a cooperative agreement to design and implement a new program designed for newly-graduated Russian high school students. The program will provide a "gap year" experience for young Russians and offer an opportunity to improve their English skills, study on an American community college campus and experience life with an American family. Each participant will go to the United States for a full academic year, starting in the fall of 2016. The grant recipient will be responsible for all program elements, including recruitment and selection, securing visas, arranging travel, pre-departure orientation, placement, monitoring, and return to Russia. Please see full description and submission requirements in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) uploaded under the "related documents" tab under this announcement, or on the U.S. Embassy Moscow website linked below.
Title: Critical Language Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Deadline: June 26, 2015
Location: Overseas
Amount: $400,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276338
Summary: The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, which provides foreign language instruction overseas for mixed cohorts of U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS Program is a component of the Department of State's engagement on expanding and diversifying U.S. study abroad through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' new U.S. Study Abroad Branch. Public and private non-profit organizations, or consortia of such organizations, meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), may submit proposals to cooperate with the Bureau in the administration and implementation of one or both of the two components (Component A: Pre- and Post-Program Administration and Component B: Implementation of Institutes and Alumni Activities) available under this competition. Each component requires a separate proposal submission.
Title: U.S. Mission to the European Union Funding Opportunity
Sponsor: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Deadline: July 10, 2015
Location: European Union
Amount: $60,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276987
Summary: The U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) is soliciting proposals for projects aimed at increasing understanding of U.S. foreign policy and economic priorities related to the EU; supporting U.S. goals of advancing economic growth in both regions and worldwide; and furthering U.S.-EU understanding and cooperation on our shared cultural, political and economic values, particularly democracy, rule of law, and human rights. USEU will award several cooperative agreements for projects to be carried out between September 2015 and December 2016. Section I: Funding Opportunity Description The U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) Public Affairs Section is soliciting proposals for projects aimed at increasing understanding of U.S. foreign policy and economic priorities; supporting U.S. goals of advancing economic growth in both regions and worldwide; and furthering U.S.-EU understanding and cooperation on our shared cultural, political and economic values, particularly democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Applicants should be legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, or academic institutions that comply with U.S. and EU requirements and have a proven track record of developing and implementing programs in the EU environment. This notice of funding opportunity is subject to funds availability.
Title: The Innovation Fund for Improving Food Security in Ethiopia (IFSE) Agency for International Development
Sponsor: Ethiopia ISAID-Addis Ababa
Deadline: August 15, 2015
Location: Ethiopia
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=260648
Summary: USAID would like to partner with the private sector, education and research institutions (and organizations working with them) towards improving food security in Ethiopia. This initiative will be used to identify and test innovations that produce cost effective and scalable solutions to addressing the problems Ethiopian households face with regards to food insecurity. The overall objective of this effort is to find ways to accelerate and reduce food insecurity and malnutrition across Ethiopia. For the purpose of this APS, the term "Grant" is synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" is synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" is synonymous with "Agreement Office". This APS is USAID/Ethiopia's invitation to the private sector1 and research institutions, both internationally as well as locally, to work together towards finding solutions that improve the lives of chronically food insecure people. Any private sector or research institutions that are interested in collaborating with USAID in this area should read this APS in its entirety and submit a concept note to USAID/Ethiopia. Such nontraditional partners2 should also make contact with persons indicated at USAID/Ethiopia to discuss any questions they may have with regards to this APS or on how to partner with USAID.
Title: App-Making Challenge
Sponsor: U.S. Mission to India
Deadline: July 01, 2015
Location: India
Amount: $30,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276307

It is estimated that India has over 123 million smartphone users, and the Indian smartphone market is the fastest growing in the Asia-Pacific region. By 2016, there will be more smartphones in use in India than the United States. The smartphone quickly is becoming one of the most important ways to connect with Indian audiences, particularly urban youth, media, business leaders, and government officials. As mobile phones become more commonplace, more users will turn to mobile applications for information, connecting with other online users, and mobilizing around issue areas. While many people use mobile applications to access social media platforms or to collect news and financial information, mobile applications also can play an important role to improve communities. Since Mumbai is one of India's most wired cities, U.S. Consulate General Mumbai proposes a western India (Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh) mobile app-making challenge that will source mobile apps in designated issues areas. The winners of the app-making challenge will receive funding to fully develop their apps, make them available for free download, and service the apps for one year. The challenge will serve as a competitive tender for the best mobile app proposals based on substance and design concepts. (Please refer full announcement for details).

Title: Brazil Partnership Development Program Agency for International Development
Sponsor: Peru USAID-Lima
Deadline: August 19, 2015
Location: Peru
Amount: $2,500,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274694
Summary: To create new partnerships to support USAID/Brazil's Environmental priorities in the areas of biodiversity conservation; protection of indigenous lands and natural resources; and applied biodiversity science, technology and innovation.
Title: Partnership Concept papers in Support Power Africa Initiative
Sponsor: East Africa USAID-Kenya
Deadline: November 13, 2015
Location: Global
Amount: $7,500,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253668
Summary: This announcement is call to submit Partnership Concept Papers focused on advancing the success and achieving the goals of the Power Africa Initiative. More specifically, USAID's Power Africa Initiative, USAID's Bureau for Africa, and other offices within USAID/Washington, and USAID Missions in priority Power Africa countries, are seeking to engage with interested parties to develop activities or projects that can pool funds, talent, and resources from USAID, other government agencies, and private sector partners to support the Power Africa Initiative.
Title: El Salvador Regional and Bilateral Activities
Sponsor: El Salvador USAID-San Salvador
Deadline: April 23, 2016
Location: Overseas
Amount: $500,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276126
Summary: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador solicits innovative ideas from U.S. and non-U.S. organizations who demonstrate the ability to implement approaches in the Economic Growth and Democracy program areas, further described in the APS and which are divided into the following geographic locations: The bilateral program area covers activities which are to be implemented in El Salvador, and The regional program areas covers activities which are to be implemented in Central America, defined as member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), or Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. However, this geographical area may be further limited for implementation as specified in the narrative of the APS.