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Partnership Seed Money Application
 

U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnership Seed Money Competition – DEADLINE EXTENSION

NEW DEADLINE: Monday, February 14, 2011

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is extending the deadline for applications to the U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnership Seed Money Competition to Monday, February 14, 2011, from January 31. 

The deadline has been extended because many potential applicants have indicated that they need more time to find partners and to obtain the necessary university approvals. 

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section also has received a number of queries about the 20 percent limit on use of the seed money for travel to the United States and Ethiopia.    Airfare between Ethiopia and the United States is very costly; it is hoped that university partners come up with innovative proposals that will minimize the need for such travel.  Applicants are expected to provide information on the types of contributions that the universities themselves will contribute to the partnerships (the seed money is not intended to cover the full cost of a long-term partnership).  Such contributions are an indicator of the support that a project has from university leadership, and the long-term sustainability of a project.

The Embassy has also received a number of queries about whether the seed grant funding could be used to cover administrative overhead of participating universities.  Applicant universities should recognize that the seed money grants of $15,000 are relatively small, so if a percentage of the grant went to university operating costs, it would only take away from what the seed money could accomplish toward the project objectives.  Applicants to the competition should be very clear as to how the seed money would be allocated in the partnership budget, and how it would advance the project's implementation. 

Embassy of the United States of America - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov 

U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnership Seed Money Competition

Application and Guidelines 

As a concrete initiative to follow up the "Building Sustainable U.S.-Ethiopian Partnerships" conference held in Addis Ababa from December 10-11, 2010, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section is sponsoring a small grant competition.  The U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnership Seed Money Competition is intended to encourage the start-up of innovative and mutually beneficial partnerships between U.S. and Ethiopian universities and colleges.  Partnership proposals may be wide-ranging in scope and format -- from faculty and student exchange programs, to research collaborations, joint degree programs and comprehensive institutional partnerships -- but they must be conceived and prepared jointly by representatives of a U.S. and an Ethiopian institution, and they must have approval of the President or senior official of both institutions. 

Five grants of $15,000 each will be made available to winning proposals.  No more than 20 percent of each grant may be used for travel to the United States or to Ethiopia.  The application deadline is January 30, 2011.  Grant fund disbursement will begin at the end of February 2011 in two installments, of $10,000 and $5,000 each.  The second installment of funding will not be provided until the partner institutions provide a joint statement of financial accountability and narrative reports (1000 words or less) on the expenditure of the first $10,000.  The first financial statement and report may be submitted no later than June 15, 2011.  Expenditures of more than $1000 must be documented with copies of receipts.   Recipients of seed money awards must provide final financial statements and narrative reports (1000 words or less) after the second installment of funding has been depleted; the seed money is expected to be used and final reports submitted no later than January 30, 2012.  The final report should include a description of how the project will continue and be sustained.

Seed Money Competition Objectives

  1. Grow mutually beneficial partnerships between U.S. and Ethiopian universities and colleges.
  2. Introduce new higher education institutions to U.S. and Ethiopian partnerships including from a greater diversity of locations in both countries.
  3. Build the basis for future sustainable partnerships between the collaborating institutions.
  4. Strengthen the skills and experience of higher education faculty and administrators in both countries in developing and implementing partnerships.

U.S. University or College: Principal Point of Contact (name, title and department) for Proposed Partnership

Address:

Telephone:

Email Address:

Fax number:

Ethiopian University of College

Principal Point of Contact for Proposed Partnership:

Address:

Telephone:

Email Address:

Fax number:

  1. Please describe in 600 words or less the proposed partnership or linkage project and the benefits it would bring to both the U.S. and the Ethiopian University.
  2. Please provide a detailed budget for how the seed money would be used.
  3. Please provide a timeline for use of the seed money, no longer than 12 months in length.
  4. Please provide a timeline for the project beyond the depletion of the seed money. 
  5. Please give a description, in 600 words or less, of the responsibilities of both institutions.
  6. What monetary or other resources will the participating institutions contribute to the partnership, in both the initial start-up phase and the longer-term maintenance of the project?
  7.  From what sources will additional funding be received once the seed money is spent?  
  8. How will this partnership project support long-term ties between the two institutions.
  9. Please describe in 400 words or less the intended impact that this partnership project will have on both institutions.
  10. Please describe in 400 words or less how this partnership proposal responds to the broad objective of increasing mutual understanding and ties between the American and Ethiopia peoples.
  11. Please provide details on how the seed money will be managed (i.e. In a joint bank account managed by both partners?  In a bank account controlled by one of the partners in consultation with the other?)  Please note that grant recipients will be expected to provide a DUNS number to fulfil U.S. grant making requirements.  The U.S. Embassy will provide selected grant recipients with information on how to apply for a DUNS number if they do not already have one.
  12. Please provide original letters signed by the presidents of your universities or colleges indicated that the proposed partnership project has the university leadership's full support.
  13. Applications must be submitted in hard and soft copies by January 31, 2011 to:

Hard Copy

Public Affairs Section

Embassy of the United States of America

P.O. Box 1014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Soft Copy:  MamoG@state.gov

If you have any questions about the grant competition, please feel free to contact U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Alyson Grunder (Tel:  011-130-7033; email:  grunderal@state.gov) or Public Affairs Assistant Gedion Mamo (Tel:  011-130-7033; email:  mamog@state.gov).