US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)

Funding Agency:
Eurasia Foundation

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2021 project competition. Teams composed of at least one US and Russian non-governmental organization are invited to propose innovative bilateral initiatives that will benefit both countries and address a common social issue in one of the thematic areas identified below. Project partners must directly engage with communities in both countries to tackle a pressing social challenge and demonstrate how their collaboration resulted in a specific and measurable impact at the end of the project period.

Project teams are expected to be more than a collection of individuals working in parallel. Instead, they should foster dynamic collaboration in which project team members from both countries are exposed to the diverse aspects of each other’s professional expertise and work together toward shared goals.

Projects should provide US and Russian partners the opportunity to work collectively through a complex problem and produce meaningful deliverables. Products may take several forms, including bilingual training curricula, community toolkits, published guides and articles, curated exhibitions, instructional video lessons and webinars, documentary videos, community services and strategic solutions for community needs.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2021

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Areas of Interest

Thematic Areas

  1. Arctic and environmental conservation
  2. Indigenous peoples’ empowerment
  3. Disability and inclusion
  4. Public health (including public health education and intervention strategies to support vulnerable groups)
  5. Open Thematic Area (OTA)

Open Thematic Area

In addition to the four thematic areas, project teams may propose a project under OTA. Projects must meet all SEE eligibility requirements and must not address political issues or suggest political reforms. Proposals submitted under OTA should explore new topics beyond the aforementioned thematic areas. Partnership teams cannot apply to both OTA and one of the thematic areas identified above.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Projects must address one or more of SEE’s five thematic areas (Arctic and environmental conservation, Indigenous peoples’ empowerment, Disability and inclusion, Public health, or Open Thematic Area).
  • Projects must include one U.S.-based partner and one Russia-based partner as implementing organizations. Lead partners may also include other organizations/individuals as additional implementers to assist with project activities as necessary.
  • Project applications must be submitted by the U.S.-based partner on behalf of the partnership. EF will only disburse funds to the U.S. lead organization to manage on behalf of the partnership.
  • Projects must achieve clear and measurable impact with equal or near-equal benefit to both the U.S. and Russia.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 1, 2021