South Asia Regional Connectivity Program

Funding Agency:
Department of State

South Asia is one of the least economically integrated areas of the world, with intra-regional trade accounting for only five percent of total trade. While rapid economic growth in India, Bangladesh, and elsewhere in the region has the potential to raise millions out of poverty, lack of connectivity remains a serious hindrance to development. Recognizing the power of connectivity to bolster growth, stability, and security, U.S. assistance across South Asia is designed to: advance regional economic integration, promote sustainable development and resource management, and facilitate market growth beneficial to both the U.S. and South Asian commercial sector.

In line with U.S. government support for South Asian regional development, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting cooperative agreement proposal applications that seek to support and enhance connectivity in South Asia. Through the provision of technical assistance and the promotion of regional cooperation, U.S. assistance focusing on issues relating to economic growth and trade facilitation, security, and environmental resource management will facilitate sustainable, broad-based, and participatory development outcomes over the long term. 

Proposed projects will focus on countries in the South Asia sub-region (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) that SCA has prioritized for assistance. 

Proposals should respond to only one of the two projects outlined herein. Applications and organizations responding to both projects will not be accepted. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: May 15, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: June 9, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Proposals should respond to only one of the two projects outlined herein. 

PROJECT 1 - SOUTH ASIA ENVIRONMENTAL CAPACITY BUILDING - AGRICULTURAL AND WATER POLLUTION

 PROJECT 2 - SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY CONFERENCE

Amount

$1,185,000

Amount Description

SCA anticipates supporting approximately two (2) successful applications (one for Project 1 and one for Project 2) submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the availability of funding. Proposals should respond to only one of the two projects outlined herein. Applications and organizations responding to both projects will not be accepted. 

(Project 1) Approximately $490,000 for a South Asia Regional water and agricultural pollution technical assistance initiative. o Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $300,000 o Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $490,000

(Project 2) Approximately $195,000 for a South Asia Regional Connectivity Conference. o Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $100,000 o Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $195,000

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences
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 - Please identify which project you are submitting the proposal for.
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

May 16, 2017

External Deadline

June 9, 2017