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100,000 Strong in the Americas uses the principle of leveraged innovation with higher education institutions (HEIs) that demonstrate the greatest commitment and innovation toward increasing study abroad opportunities between the United States and countries in the Western Hemisphere. In applying for the Innovation Fund grants, HEIs will be asked to demonstrate how they will assert leadership in implementing the innovations proposed, how they will address on-campus barriers to student mobility, how they will maintain student engagement, and how they will commit to making concrete changes to expand access to study abroad as sending and/or hosting institutions.

The intent of the competitions is to award Innovation Grants of up to $25,000 to institutions across the Western Hemisphere. The Department of State, NAFSA and Partners of the Americas reserve the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Please refer to the RFPs on the application page for a complete statement of goals and expected results of the competitions.

Apply to one of our open competitions listed below

Fundación Televisa Nexo Global Colombia MMJ Innovation Challenge

Competition #14: Promoting Study in Aeronautics, Agroindustry, Automotive Industry, Energy, and ICT in Mexico

Thanks to the generous contribution from Fundación Televisa.

Eligibility and Themes:  Technological institutes that are part of the Tecnológico Nacional de México (TecNM) network in Mexico and all higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States that promote study abroad programs in the fields of Aeronautics, Agroindustry, Automotive Industry, Energy, and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) are eligible to compete.
Closing Date/Time: March 15, 2017 / 11:59PM U.S. EST (Eastern Standard Time)

 


 

Competition #15: Nexo Global Colombia

Thanks to the generous contribution from Colombia's Department of Science, Technology & Innovation-COLCIENCIAS and the City of Medellin's Sapiencia, with support from the U.S. Department of State.

 

         

 

Eligibility and Themes:  Higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States and Colombia that promote study abroad programs in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Agricultural Sciences, and Social Sciences with an emphasis on post-conflict resolution and peace building are eligible to compete.
Closing Date/Time: March 15, 2017 / 11:59PM U.S. EST (Eastern Standard Time)

 


 

Competition 16: The Marlene M. Johnson Innovation Challenge for U.S.-Cuba, Caribbean, and Central American Academic Mobility

Thanks to the generous contribution from NAFSA: Association of International Educators and CAF: Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

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Eligibility and Themes: All higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago that promote study abroad partnerships under all themes are eligible to compete, with special consideration for partnerships between the United States and Cuba.
Closing Date/Time: Deadline Extended: March 15, 2017 April 2, 2017 / 11:59 PM U.S. EST (Eastern Standard Time)

 


 

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The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity, and preparing a more globally competent workforce.
 
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is a public-private collaboration of the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators that was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry in January 2014.  Since then, 70 Innovation Fund grants have been awarded to teams of 153 higher education institutions from 19 countries in the Western Hemisphere.