Dept of State Public Diplomacy with Bangladesh
Closing date: June 30, 2021
Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, with two intermediate deadlines: February 28, 2021 and April 30, 2021.Therefore, early submission is encouraged. Please note that review may take up to 90 days.
Dept. of State DOS solicitations generally limit the number of applications that may go forward in response to a specific solicitation.
Prospective applicants from the UI who wish to apply to a DOS program that limits the number of applications allowed per institution must refer to the UI Limited Submissions guidelines at https://uiowa.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1809264
For this solicitation, Applicant institutions may submit only one proposal for each priority area (listed below).
Proposed projects may* include, but are not limited to:
• Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
• Artistic, cultural, and sports workshops, including joint performances, exhibitions, festivals, culinary diplomacy, creative writing, comedy, clinics, master classes, etc.;
• Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs;
• Professional or academic exchanges and projects, including virtual exchanges with U.S. experts or communities; and
• Professional development workshops and training for English language instructors, civil society organizers, female entrepreneurs, etc.
Annual Program Statement (APS) Funding Priority Areas: Proposals must focus on one of the priority areas specified below and target at least one of PAS Dhaka’s key audiences, including: youth (14-35 years old), educators, women, other minority/marginalized groups, journalists, policy makers, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs/innovators, and must include a component/element related to the 50th anniversary of U.S.-Bangladesh diplomatic ties.
NOTE: Applicant organizations may submit only one proposal for each priority area. Priority will be given to proposals aimed at broad institutional and long-term impact beyond the life cycle of the grant.
1. Awareness: Raising awareness of U.S.-Bangladesh relations and the importance of our bilateral partnership.
2. Civil Society Strengthening: Building institutional capacity of Bangladeshi non-profit, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and other civil society institutions to develop a more engaged and informed citizenry able to tackle major social challenges facing Bangladesh.
3. Education: Improving student-centered teaching and soft skills training to strengthen student employability; English teaching; continuing education opportunities for teachers, teaching methods, and modernizing education systems; promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; promoting tolerance and diversity among student populations; and strengthening linkages between U.S. and Bangladeshi higher education institutions.
4. Human Rights and Inclusiveness: Expanding women’s rights and empowerment; access and legal reform for disabled persons, LGBTI rights, and ethnic/religious minorities’ rights; supporting freedoms of expression, press, association, religion; preventing and eliminating trafficking in persons; and strengthening rule of law.
5. Inclusive Economic Growth and Prosperity: Promoting sustainable enterprises, small businesses, innovation, and the development of human capital in Bangladesh; encouraging implementation and enforcement of environmentally friendly business practices; reducing barriers to trade; strengthening intellectual property rights; improving opportunities for U.S. businesses; and promoting U.S. products and American business values.
6. State Department Exchanges Alumni Network in Bangladesh: Leveraging Bangladeshi alumni of U.S. government exchange programs to achieve long-term objectives in Bangladesh through capacity building and strengthening connections through people-to-people ties and institutional linkages.