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Leaders Lead On-Demand Program

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE
to Administer a Foreign Policy Exchange Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges

Deadline Date:

06/01/21 11:59 PM Washington, DC Time

Description:

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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE to administer a foreign policy exchange program. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support a program that will allow professionals from countries and regions around the world to take part in a specially designed exchange focused on a specific U.S. foreign policy priority or foreign policy goal.

The Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites proposals for the FY 2021 Leaders Lead On-Demand Program (formerly Professional Fellows On-Demand). On-Demand is a program that takes ideas generated by U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the field and develops them into uniquely tailored programs built on the model of two-way exchange programs which may include a significant professional fellowship placement for foreign participants. This exchange program supports U.S. foreign policy goals by enabling the U.S. Department of State to respond in a timely manner to emerging foreign policy priorities.

ECA has developed the Leaders Lead On-Demand Program to complement existing public diplomacy efforts supporting emerging young professionals and to allow the Department of State to more nimbly respond to emerging foreign policy issues and events around the world. It is anticipated that this cooperative agreement will support four to six distinct exchange projects for approximately 50 participants, including 40 foreign participants and 10 Americans. 

A central component of each project will include a group of foreign participants who will travel to the United States for an intensive, tailored program. The U.S.-based exchange should include an individually-tailored working placement, referred to as the “fellowship placement.” The U.S.-based exchange will be followed or preceded by reciprocal overseas programs for American participants. Both foreign and American participants should have experience or expertise in the field of the exchange project and American participants should have an established connection or linkage with the foreign participants. 

For FY 2021 Leaders Lead On-Demand Program Goals, see https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy21_leaders_lead_on_demand_nofo.pdf#page=2.

For recipient responsibilities, see https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy21_leaders_lead_on_demand_nofo.pdf#page=5.

For allowable costs, see https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy21_leaders_lead_on_demand_nofo.pdf#page=19.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182585

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

The cooperative agreement will begin on or about September 1, 2021. Anticipated Project Completion Date: December 31, 2023. The award period will be approximately 24 months in duration. The exact dates of each exchange project will not be determined until a proposed project is officially approved.

Pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA's intent to renew this cooperative agreement for two additional, consecutive fiscal years, before openly competing it again.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding. ECA anticipates making one cooperative agreement, in an amount over $130,000 to support program and administrative costs required to implement this exchange program. Therefore, organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Applicants have until 11:59 p.m., Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the Grants.gov site. It is strongly recommended that applicants do not wait until the application deadline to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.

Required Registrations:
- Applicants are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Government. To obtain a UEI number, access http://www.dnb.com or call 1-866-705-5711.
- All federal award applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database in order to submit a proposal in response to an open competition on Grants.gov.
- Grants.gov: The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332444
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms: https://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding/open-grant-solicitations/completing-solicitation-package

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about this announcement, contact:
Nalinee Cain
Office of Citizen Exchanges, Global Leaders Division, ECA/PE/C/PF, SA-5, 3rd Floor
U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-632-3219
CainNL@state.gov

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Contact Center Phone: 800 -518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

19.415

Funding or Pin Number:

SFOP0007872

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