The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama – Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). Announced by the US and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Eligible institutions may submit proposals to support the program’s goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post-secondary educational institutions, in the thematic areas of energy; sustainable development; climate change; environmental studies; education and educational reform; public health; and community development and innovation.
The following fields are eligible:
Applications from community colleges, institutions serving significant minority populations, undergraduate liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, research universities, and combinations of these institutions are eligible. The lead U.S. organization in a consortium or other combination of cooperating institutions is responsible for submitting the application. Each application must document the lead organization’s authority to represent all U.S. cooperating partners. Secondary U.S. partners may include governmental or non-governmental organizations at the federal, state, or local levels as well as non-profit service, community, and professional organizations.
USIEF will only accept one proposal per institution. Institutions (grantees as well as their partner institution) that have received an OSI grant in the past are not eligible to apply for the third (2013-2014) round of applications.
Indian institutional partners may be recognized institutions of post-secondary education, state-supported universities, independent universities, and research institutes. Secondary Indian partners may include governmental or non-governmental organizations at the federal, state, or local levels as well as non-profit service, community, and professional organizations.
The maximum award in the FY 2014 competition will be $250,000 for a three-year period. Requests for amounts smaller than the maximum are eligible.
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