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 requests for proposal (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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The Nexo Global Innovation Competition for Creative and Cultural Industries

Thanks to the generous support of Colombia’s Departamento de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS) and the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility & Themes: All higher education institutions in Colombia and the United States—that promote academic research/practicum and internships opportunities for students in the broader themes of the Arts, Culture and Heritage, Digital Media and Software—are eligible to compete (For a complete list of eligible fields of study, please refer to the RFP below).

Informational Webinars

Application Period:  February 19, 2019 – May 15, 2019

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

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