Department of State

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

What is the Global Innovation Initiative?

The Global Innovation Initiative is a joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen global multilateral collaboration through grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.

Learn more about the Global Innovation Initiative

How do I apply?

Two parallel but separate grant competitions are being offered in the U.S. and UK and will require either a U.S. or UK institution to take the lead on the partnership. Proposals should include at least one U.S., one UK, and one selected third country higher education institution partner.

Learn more about the application process

Do you have questions about GII?

IIE is offering two online informational webinars on September 23, 2014 to assist applicants as they begin the U.S. grant competition proposal process. Grant administrators from IIE will provide a brief overview of the initiative, address any frequently asked questions, and take questions from the audience.

Learn more about the informational webinars

2014 Global Innovation Initiative Grantees

After a highly competitive selection process, 23 research partnerships were awarded Global Innovation Initiative grants through the inaugural cycle of the U.S. and UK grant competitions.

Learn more about the GII grantees

News & Events

  • The Global Innovation Initiative launches second grant competition.

    Apply now.

  • 2014 Global Innovation Initiative grantees announced.

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Department of State

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


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