U.S. University-American University of Afghanistan Partnership

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). PAS Kabul invites all eligible organizations to submit a proposal for a U.S. University Partnership project with the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). 

The U.S. University Partnership project will implement a two-year action plan focused on the AUAF business school. The action plan is to serve as a foundation for a broader strategic plan that is intended to lead to AUAF accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The project serves two aims that support the continued growth of AUAF: 

1) Development and implementation of an action plan to build AUAF business school and research structure. Through mentoring plus virtual and in-person sessions the grantee will assist the business school faculty to: improve curricula, materials, technology and teaching methods related to business and research. The grantee will co-teach virtual classes and, ideally, conduct one in-person course per year in Kabul as the security situation allows; and conduct collaborative research and publish papers co-authored with AUAF faculty or students. The project will develop an Executive-in-Residence program as the security situation allows. 

2) Advise AUAF in the development of longer-term strategic plans pertaining to promoting the academic quality and research capacity of AUAF in general and of the business school in particular. The partner will support the professional development of non-business faculty in teaching and research methods through transfer of knowledge gained in the business school project. In addition, the partner will advise on: steps needed for AACSB accreditation; the recruitment of target students and faculty; technical needs; the development of an on-line research journal; and, paths for research-related fund raising.

Deadline: July 17, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Accredited U.S. public and private universities with experience working with universities in the Middle East, South and Central Asia are eligible for this funding opportunity. U.S. universities are considered those offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Experience may include, but is not limited to, current and recently completed projects, university collaborations, and/or a physical presence in the region. Please refer to Section D for funding restrictions. Organizations may sub-award/contract with other entities, but only one entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-awarding/contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal. 



Amount Description

Base Period: The floor for the base period is set at $600,000. The ceiling for the base period is set at $800,000. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 17, 2017