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U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs


New or existing research partnerships comprised of at least one U.S., one UK, and one selected other country (Brazil, China, India, or Indonesia) institution of higher education were invited to apply for a Global Innovation Initiative grant.

Potential applicants were required to meet the following minimum criteria:

Led by U.S. institution—Only U.S.-led partnership proposals may apply through the U.S. grant competition, administered by the Institute of International Education. The U.S. lead institution will be responsible for the grant reporting and fiduciary requirements. Partnerships led by a UK institution must apply to the UK grant competition, administered by the British Council.

The same partnership may not apply to both the U.S. and UK grant competitions; however an institution of higher education may be involved in multiple, distinct proposals. In order to be eligible, institutions from selected other countries must be attached to either a U.S. or UK-led proposal. For more on eligibility, see the FAQs.

Meet basic partner requirements—In order to meet eligibility requirements, a partnership must be comprised of at least one U.S., one UK, and one selected other country institution of higher education. The selected other countries are Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. It is permissible for partnerships to be comprised of more than the minimum three partner institutions; however, any additional partners should be from the U.S., UK, Brazil, China, India, or Indonesia.

Adhere to STEM focus areas—Partnerships must conduct research in at least one of the following the selected areas of global significance:

  • Energy, climate change and the environment: Proposals in this category should address issues related to preserving the environment, mitigating and preventing the effects of climate change, and changing the way energy is produced and used through alternative sources.
  • Urban development: Proposals in this category should address issues connected with rapid global urbanization and solutions to the challenges of human population density including economic, social, and environmental effects. Proposals can address but are not limited to topics related to infrastructure, smart cities, and green and sustainable buildings.
  • Agriculture, food security and water: Proposals in this category should address issues related to innovative farming and cultivation techniques and practices, the ongoing access to and stable availability of sufficient and nutritious food, the availability of potable water, and water pollution.
  • Global health: Proposals in this category should address significant issues impacting human health in the global context, with an emphasis on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Proposals should investigate innovative solutions which prevent disease, promote healthy and fulfilling lives, and reduce global health disparities.

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