U.S. Mission to Russia -- FY 2019 U.S. Subject Matter Experts

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in Moscow (PAS Moscow), invites proposal submissions for a cooperative agreement to provide technical and logistical support for the U.S. Subject Matter Experts Program.  The grant recipient will work closely with Public Affairs and Cultural Affairs at Mission Russia to identify and recruit American experts to travel to Russia to engage audiences through lectures, short or long-term workshops and seminars, appearances in foreign media, and in a consultant capacity.  The Subject Matter Experts Program proactively promotes understanding of U.S. culture, society and U.S. foreign policies on topics identified by the Embassy and its partner organizations and provides space for dialogue between the peoples of the two countries.  The program also fosters American engagement with a wide range of Russian audiences through a range of speaking events, including participation in conferences, festivals and professional meetings. 

The grantee will be responsible for providing logistical support to the Embassy in the form of visa assistance for American experts, fee negotiation, in-country and international transportation arrangements, event promotion, procurement of educational and printed materials, and other technical and logistical support, as directed by PAS Moscow. Additional examples of supporting activities include reimbursing experts for program-related expenditures and processing vendor payments for travel expenses, support, or other items.  The grantee will be required to assess the impact of each speaker program through traditional hand-written surveys given to participants or through online surveys sent to attendees.

Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: May 10, 2019
  • Sponsor Deadline: June 3, 2019

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at fundopps@duke.edu to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), institutions of higher education and small businesses. 



Amount Description

Floor of Award Range:  $200,000
Ceiling of Award Range:  $400,000


Funding Type





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
CV or Biosketch of project leader
Project summary - 2 to 4 pages

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal


Internal Deadline

May 10, 2019

External Deadline

June 3, 2019