A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs (U.S. OPA) announces an open competition for a grant through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Sustainable U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Partnerships is designed to partner with U.S. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), U.S. Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Palestinian to implement activities which advance the applicant’s goals and the U.S. OPA-PD mission: to advance a comprehensive and lasting peace through a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the development of a vibrant, representative, and responsive Palestinian civil society, private sector, and governing institutions through substantive engagement with American people, institutions, ideas and ideals in order to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.
Priority Region: Jerusalem, West Bank, and/or Gaza
Program Objectives: All proposed projects must aim to advance the OPA-PD mission goals stated above, a partnership between American and Palestinian institutions, and achieve at least one of the following specific objectives:
Successful proposals should incorporate the following elements:
Participants and Audiences:
Primary participants in the engagement will be academic faculty and administrators at the Palestinian and American higher education institutions. Students at the institutions should also participate in and benefit from the project as appropriate.
B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: 12 to 36 months
Number of awards anticipated: 1 award
Award amounts: up to $100,000
Total available funding: $100,000
Type of Funding: FY21 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds
Anticipated program start date: September 30, 2022
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Funding Instrument Type: Grant agreement
Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 36 months or less. The Department of State may entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.
C. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Eligible primary applicants for grant funding must be U.S. Not-For-Profit Higher Education Institutions, U.S. Not-For Profit Organizations that develop and manage higher education programs and/or Palestinian Not-For-Profit Universities.
Cost sharing is not required but will evaluated during the merit review. Cost sharing may be used to break ties among applications with equivalent scores after evaluation against all other factors.
In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for more information. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in SAM.gov.
Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should click this link to review the documents and forms: https://www.grants.gov/forms/sf-424-family.html
To see the full grant announcement, click this link: