Investing in the Liberated University of Tikrit

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Funding Opportunity ID: 318819
Opportunity Number: DOS-BAGHDAD-PD-2019-020
Opportunity Title: Investing in the Liberated University of Tikrit
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.021
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: • Have demonstrated experience developing and administering similar programs; • Have the capacity to operate in Iraq and have active partnerships with organization(s) operating in Iraq needed to support the program.
Agency Code: DOS-IRQ
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Iraq
Posted Date: Jul 25, 2019
Close Date: Sep 06, 2019
Last Updated Date: Jul 25, 2019
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $350,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to restore and revitalize the University of Tikrit. Iraq’s communities at the areas seized by ISIS were victims of extreme violence and displacement due to the military operations, and there is a critical need to restore basic operations at the above-mentioned university. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA) between the Governments of Iraq and the United States of America, education, exchanges, and research collaboration are key pillars of mutual cooperation. The U.S. Mission in Iraq, including the Embassy in Baghdad and its Consulate General in Erbil, supports the SFA through academic initiatives that promote human and technical capacity building inside Iraq, bolster long-term stability, develop the next generation of leaders, and support Iraq’s integration into the global academic community. The U.S. Embassy is soliciting grant proposals of up to $500,000 to develop and execute an 18 months project to build the capacity of the University of Tikrit to provide educational and economic opportunities to affected populations. Proposals should include a plan to work with the university to develop a needs assessment, in addition to capacity building programs, linkages with American universities, curricula that focus on preparing students to meet the needs of the Iraqi economy, and the purchase of related equipment and educational materials. Proposals should also include faculty exchange programs to foster collaboration and information sharing with American partner universities, as well as the development of English language education. Applicants should have a track record of success in partnering with Iraqi and American higher education institutions and the demonstrated ability to implement complex projects in post-conflict areas. Priority consideration will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate how American academic expertise will be introduced to the target university and that focus on preparing Iraqi students to enter the marketplace through internships and practical skills development. Proposals that include efforts to foster national reconciliation and minority inclusion will also receive more favorable consideration.
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