Creating a Palestinian University Research Hub

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Middle East Partnership Initiative program in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen partnerships among Palestinian universities in the West Bank to reinforce research and critical thinking as core competencies within Palestinian universities and drive innovation and private sector partnerships within the Palestinian economy. 

Palestinian universities in the West Bank suffer from a limited, low-impact research capacity to drive projects which encourage innovation, support private sector needs, and offer new approaches to problems as ways to stimulate private sector involvement and enhance economic growth. Despite limited efforts, joint mechanisms are still lacking to pool research ideas, share knowledge and expertise, find research conducted by Palestinian academics, be responsive to private sector requests, and conduct collective training and workshops.  

Activities will focus on establishing common research methods; building research capacity; connecting Palestinian educators with each other, the private sector, and American colleagues; providing collective research training for students and faculty; creating a central repository to archive research conducted by Palestinian academics; and providing a place for joint Palestinian and Palestinian-American applied scientific research to positively impact the Palestinian economy and drive private sector development via the creation of a research hub. 

This opportunity furthers U.S. foreign policy priorities by promoting measures that can have a meaningful impact on the economic and social environment in the West Bank, thus allowing Palestinians to more fully realize their economic and social potential by broadening prosperity opportunities, and helping to foster economic conditions that lead to peace. Further, this opportunity supports MEPI’s strategic framework of fostering partnerships between citizens, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and government institutions to promote shared solutions for the people of the Middle East. 

Applicants may only submit one application. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: June 16, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 5, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applications include U.S. or Palestinian public or private institutions of higher education that have prior experience and expertise with establishing research centers. Additional experience and expertise with research related to private sector partnerships, economics, and entrepreneurship is preferred. International nongovernmental organizations with principal bases of operations outside the Middle East and North Africa are also encouraged to apply, but the percentage of total budget actually spent in the region through local partners will be among the elements of evaluation for this competition



Funding Type





Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

June 16, 2017

External Deadline

July 5, 2017