U.S. Mission to Pakistan -- Annual Program Statement for Cultural Affairs

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Cultural Affairs Office in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the U.S. Department of State (hereafter referred to as “CAO Islamabad”) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

CAO Islamabad’s purpose in funding projects under this NOFO is to further contributions to economic growth and the development of human and government capacity in Pakistan, while developing people-to-people, institutional, and economic ties between the United States and Pakistan. We also aim to increase understanding of and support for U.S.-Pakistan relations and American values and policy among the Pakistani public. To this end, CAO Islamabad invites proposals that address the objectives listed below.

Based on funding availability, awards will vary between $200,000 and $500,000, with project duration of up to two years. Projects with activities expected to span one year or less should not be submitted for more than $250,000.

Applicants are allowed to submit only one proposal per organization. 


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Mar. 26, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: April 5, 2018

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

While proposals may address multiple project objectives; they should focus activities primarily in one of the following four (4) project areas, and indicate which one.

  • Education – Academic Linkages / Joint Research / Promoting Tolerance and Diversity on Campus
  • Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Human Rights and Social Inclusion
  • Strengthening Civil Society

Eligibility Requirements

All U.S. and Pakistani registered non-profit, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and Pakistani universities, and U.S. local and state governments with relevant programming experience, are eligible to apply. This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal. Organizations must provide proof of registration and non-profit status with their proposal application. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter. Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization. 



Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
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
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to 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

March 26, 2018

External Deadline

April 5, 2018