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 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 below for a complete statement of goals and expected results of the competitions.


Current Open Competitions

**NOTE:  Before applying for an Innovation Fund grant, please ensure that you are registered in the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Network.
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Santander Competition for Innovations in Study Abroad Partnerships & Collaboration

Thanks to the generous support of Santander Bank, N.A.

Eligibility and Themes: Higher education institutions in northeastern United States (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) and in all non-U.S. countries in the Western Hemisphere—that increase student mobility in any field of study—are eligible to compete.

Application Period:  October 19, 2017 – January 15, 2018  Extended to February 15, 2018

U.S.-Argentina Workforce Development Competition

Thanks to the generous support of Chevron Corporation, the Department of State, and the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires

Eligibility and Themes: Higher education institutions in the United States and Argentina —that increase student mobility in fields of Economic Development and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and economic development, with a special emphasis on energy, geosciences, and national resource management—are eligible to compete.

Application Period:  November 16, 2017 – March 15, 2018

Click below to begin the application process or to send us your questions on the grant competitions.

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