South Asia Regional Connectivity Program
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
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
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
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