About the Innovation Fund

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the dynamic public-private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, corporations, foundations, U.S. Embassies, community colleges, and universities.

Innovation Fund grants fuel strategic new partnerships among higher education institutions in the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere to create innovative and sustainable student exchange and training programs. Since its inception in January 2014, the Innovation Fund grants have been building institutional capacity, increasing student mobility within the Americas, and enhancing regional education cooperation and competitiveness.




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Institutions of Higher Education





Return on Investment

a snapshot of our impact across the hemisphere

ExxonMobil builds global engineering workforce

The University of Tulsa, in partnership with Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, won an ExxonMobil-funded grant to develop a study abroad program integrating language, culture, and science to increase student awareness and research in the important relationship between the U.S. and Brazilian energy sectors.

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What Students Say

  • The courses were excellent in providing us with information about the diverse cuisine of Colombia and the different kinds of hospitality in the Americas.

    Student Beneficiary, Miami Dade College
  • Traveling abroad to Brazil was an incredible opportunity to think more critically about life back in the U.S. and experience a new culture, while exploring the possibility of joining the energy industry workforce. The trip has given me a newfound desire to be more globally knowledgeable and potentially work abroad.

    Student Beneficiary, University of Tulsa
  • The experiences I had this summer will stay with me for a lifetime, and will continue to guide me in my career in global health.

    Austin Stults, Northwestern University
  • Many times people in Mexico live under the culture where they say, “You can’t do this because you are a girl, oh my poor little daughter.” It is important to say yes, you can. There are great women who have accomplished great things.

    Karen del Rocio Bentacourt Ravelo, Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Poza Rica