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IDEAS Grant Competition Now Open for U.S. Colleges and Universities to Expand Study Abroad Programming – State Department (.gov)

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The U.S. Department of State’s IDEAS Program is pleased to announce the launch of its 2023 IDEAS grant competition, which provides grants of up to $35,000 to U.S. colleges and universities to develop study abroad partnerships, programs, and resources aligned with U.S. foreign policy goals. Accredited U.S. colleges and universities are invited to submit applications for projects to create, expand, and/or diversify their study abroad programming for U.S. students.
The 2023 grant competition will award approximately 30 grants of up to $35,000 each to accredited colleges and universities. This cycle will also pilot an opportunity for consortia of U.S. colleges and universities to apply for an IDEAS consortium grant of up to $50,000 for collaborative projects focused on building study abroad capacity at higher education institutions serving Indigenous peoples of the United States. Approximately one IDEAS consortium grant will be awarded in this category.
The 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) process is divided into two phases to make the grant competition more accessible and equitable, in particular for lower-resourced institutions whose staff may not have extensive grant-writing experience. In Phase One of the RFP process, U.S. colleges and universities will submit a brief proposal describing the concept and general components of their proposed projects to build, diversify, and/or expand study abroad capacity at their institutions. The IDEAS Program will then invite approximately 65 semi-finalist applicants to submit full proposals during Phase Two of the competition. 
Phase One of this competition will open on October 26, 2022, and close on December 16, 2022, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time via the IDEAS Grant Competition Application Portal. You can learn more about the IDEAS Program and access the grant competition RFP on the IDEAS Program website.
Grant Competition Timeline 
 
Phase One opens 
November 8, 2022 
IDEAS Grant Competition Informational Webinar 
November 17, 2022 
Foreign Policy Goals Webinar 
November 29, 2022 
Ask A Grantee Webinar 
December 16, 2022 
Phase One closes 
January 2023 
Applications reviewed by study abroad professionals 
Early February 2023 
Semi-finalist selection announced; Phase Two begins 
March 2023 
Semi-finalist applicant webinar trainings (dates TBA) 
April 14, 2023 
Phase Two closes; Semi-finalists submit full proposals 
April-May 2023  
Applications reviewed by study abroad professionals 
June 2023 
Finalists announced 
August 1, 2023-July 31, 2025 
Grant period of performance (up to 24 months) 
The IDEAS Program will host optional but recommended webinars to discuss the grant competition throughout November 2022. A recording of each webinar will be shared on the program website within one week of the webinar. A list of frequently asked questions from previous grant competitions is available on the program website. Please submit any additional questions concerning this funding opportunity to IDEAS@worldlearning.org with “IDEAS 2023 Grant Application – Your Institution Name” in the subject line.
The IDEAS Programs welcomes questions and grant applications from institutions of all capacity levels, including community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and institutions with limited prior international engagements.
The IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) Program is designed to increase and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. The program expands the institutional capacity of U.S. colleges and universities to Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students through IDEAS grants and capacity building initiatives for the wider U.S. study abroad community. The IDEAS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning
The U.S. Department of State is committed to expanding study abroad opportunities for American students to gain critical skills in support of our national security and economic prosperity.

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