Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative

Obama-Singh: US-India Institutional Partnership Grants

Program Summary

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 U.S. and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501c(3) 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.
Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote long-term ties between partner institutions. 

Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies; Education & Educational Reform; Public Health; Sustainable Development & Community Development; and International Relations & Strategic Studies. 


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 fourth (2014-2015) round of applications.
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.
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.
Award Information
The maximum award in the FY 2015 competition will be $190,000 for a three-year period. Requests for amounts smaller than the maximum are eligible. Budgets and budget notes should carefully justify the amounts requested. 
Internal Selection Procedure
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
  • a cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program you are responding to.
  • a summary of the proposed project (no more than 1 page in length) addressing the sponsor's summary criteria:  

    • Name of Indian partner institution;
    • Statement of need and project objectives; and
    • Brief statement about long-term impact.
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., on Monday, September 8, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, November 3, 2014.

Proposal Due to OVPRED09/08/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/27/2014
Date Due to Sponsor11/03/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Sponsor URL:http://www.usief.org.in/Institutional-Collaboration/Obama-Singh-21st-Century-Knowledge-Initiative-Awards.aspx

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