Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) -- Ukraine

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), announces this Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) activities in Ukraine.

The OES-led Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative catalyzes science, technology, and innovation (STI) activities that support the Administration’s economic and national security goals.  Over the last ten years, GIST has engaged more than 27 million innovation community members from over 130 emerging economies, and GIST has mentored over 15,000 startups. These startups have gone on to generate more than $250 million in revenue and over 6,000 jobs while creating business relationships with American companies like Coca-Cola, Expedia, and Amazon Web Services. Projects include in country trainings of startups, interactive online programs, online mentorship platforms, and global pitch competitions. For more information about the GIST initiative and all its programming, please refer to

This grant would take two years of successful expansion of GIST programing in the region. Previous activities in Ukraine and the region include three regional startup trainings that generate a network of sustaining Innovation Hubs (IHubs), which are entrepreneurial meetup communities, in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia; U.S. based business incubation for select startups; and a two-month startup training program in Ukraine.  To continue growing the innovation and entrepreneurial sectors in Ukraine, this grant will implement another iteration of GIST Innovates Ukraine, GIST Investors in Ukraine, and building a virtual mentorship platform.  Each activity has designated actions and expected results that add to the success of the Ukraine GIST community This grant will leverage the prior successes in Ukraine made by past participants to help turn them into long-term, self-sustaining successful businesses and by engaging with new participants and growing the GIST Ukraine community.

Organizations may only submit one application per organization. 

Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: June 18, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

U.S. non-profit/nongovernmental organizations subject to section 501 (c) (3) of the U. S. tax code, foreign not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and foreign educational institutions, and public international organizations. 



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 18, 2021