FY 2024 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
December 12th, 2023
Close Date
March 11th, 2024
Award Ceiling
$2,100,000.00
Award Floor
$2,100,000.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
SFOP0010162

Agency

Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs (DOS-ECA)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Other

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is seeking proposals to administer the FY 2024 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program. This program aims to increase and diversify study abroad opportunities for U.S. students in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. The program has two main components: the administration of small grants and the implementation of capacity building initiatives for the U.S. higher education community. Under the administration of small grants, the selected recipient will conduct a merit-based competition resulting in approximately 32 subawards to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. These subawards will support the creation, expansion, and diversification of study abroad programs. The recipient will provide programmatic support and guidance to subaward applicants and recipients, monitor their progress, and evaluate the impact of the awards. The implementation of capacity building initiatives will involve designing and implementing workshops, seminars, trainings, and other mechanisms to enhance the knowledge and capacity of U.S. higher education staff and faculty in promoting U.S. student mobility abroad. Applicants should propose at least six capacity building activities, with funding available to ensure broad and diverse participation. For more information and to access the full announcement, please visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Organizational Funding Opportunities page at https://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding/open-grant-solicitations.

Description

The U.S. Study Abroad Branch (ECA/A/S/Q) within the Office of Global Educational Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, is pleased to announce an open competition for proposals to administer the FY 2024 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program. The IDEAS Program advances the Bureau’s objective of supporting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by building the institutional capacity of U.S. higher education institutions to increase and/or diversify U.S. study abroad in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. For the purposes of this award, diversification of study abroad programming includes but is not limited to: · Expanding the higher education institutions offering U.S. study abroad programs, including but not limited to community colleges, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and institutions in states with traditionally lower study abroad numbers. · Increasing the number of study abroad students from groups that are currently underrepresented in study abroad, which may include but are not limited to first-generation students, racial/ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and/or students from underrepresented academic disciplines; and · Expanding study abroad to new, safe overseas destinations, particularly those that are less common study abroad destinations. The FY 2024 IDEAS Program aims to increase and diversify study abroad through two main components, the administration of small grants and the implementation of capacity building initiatives for the U.S. higher education community. Pending availability of funds, the recipient will work in close consultation with ECA to implement these two components under this award: 1. Administration of Small Grants to Support Capacity Building: The award recipient will implement at least one open, merit-based competition that will result in approximately 32 subawards to accredited U.S. colleges and universities to create, expand, and/or diversify their study abroad programs in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. The award recipient should look for efficiencies to maximize the number of subawards available thereby providing further opportunities to U.S. institutions under this program. Selection criteria for subawards should fully reflect the overall goals and criteria for the small grants as stated in Section A of this NOFO. The award recipient will provide programmatic support and guidance to subaward applicants and recipients and monitor the fiscal and programmatic progress of the recipients and their projects, as well as the final impact of the awards. The award recipient will provide semi-annual reports on results to ECA. Additionally, the recipient is required to alert the Program Office of any impediments to successful implementation as they arise and consult with ECA to resolve programmatic and/or financial challenges. The recipient must provide an evaluation of activities as outlined below. 2. Implementation of Capacity Building Initiatives for the U.S. Higher Education Community: The award recipient will design and implement initiatives for the wider U.S. higher education community to increase and diversify U.S. student mobility abroad. These initiatives may take the form of in-person and/or virtual workshops, seminars, trainings and/or other creative mechanisms to bolster the capacity and knowledge sharing of and by U.S. higher education staff and faculty to expand U.S. student mobility overseas. Applicants should propose at least six total virtual and/or in-person capacity building activities, which can be of various formats and lengths, for the wider higher education community. For any in-person activities, proposals should include relevant funding to enable broad and diverse participation of U.S. higher education representatives, including those requiring financial support to participate. Proposals for this element should not exceed $150,000 in total. Please see the full announcement for additional information.

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