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University of Wisconsin–Madison

USIEF- Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological, Physical, & Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:July 30, 2015
Subject:USIEF- Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative 2016


Deadline for Internal Review:August 28, 2015

Project Description

To encourage mutual understanding, facilitate educational reform, foster economic development, and engage civil society, the United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF) 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative) enables U.S. colleges and universities and Indian counterpart institutions to pursue objectives cooperatively through exchange visits of faculty, administrators, post graduate Indian students, and U.S. graduate students who can demonstrate the ability to work independently. The Knowledge Initiative is not designed to specifically support study abroad activities for undergraduate students but does encourage the development of education abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students.

Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies; Education & Educational Reform; Public Health; Sustainable Development & Community Development; and International Relations & Strategic Studies.

Note: The commitment of all partner institutions to the proposed project should be reflected in the cost-sharing which they offer in the context of their respective institutional capacities. Proposed cost-sharing will be considered an important indicator of the applicant institution’s commitment to the project.

The Division of International Studies can facilitate your connection to international initiatives and centers on campus or around the world, whether to expand support opportunities, establish research collaborations, or develop an internationally focused course. If they are aware of your proposal ideas and current projects they can also help other potential collaborators and potential funding sources find you. Please contact Cynthia Williams, 262-3929,

Amount per Award: $190,000
Duration of Award: 3 Years
Number of Awards: 8 Awards

Request for Proposal

Proposal Submission Instructions


UW-Madison is allowed to submit 1 proposal


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

• Name, department, and full contact information for the PI
• Title of proposal
• Brief Project Narrative (no more than 3 pages) including program objectives and summary of activities/itinerary, if applicable
• List of other partners in US and/or India
• Proposed Budget, including cost-share summary

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by November 02, 2015.