Tech Camp: Navigating Coastal India’s Water Woes


Funding Opportunity ID: 334670
Opportunity Number: C-NOFO-21-105
Opportunity Title: Tech Camp: Navigating Coastal India’s Water Woes
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.040
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOS-IND
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to India
Posted Date: Jul 12, 2021
Close Date: Aug 11, 2021
Last Updated Date: Jul 12, 2021
Award Ceiling: $120,000
Award Floor: $100,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $120,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The objectives of the project are to equip participants with new skills, technology, and tools, and bolster good governance by fostering increased cooperation among a diverse group of Indian stakeholders, including federal, state, and local policymakers and officials, technology experts, social entrepreneurs, and environmental scientists. 1. Bolster India’s good governance in water, ocean, and environmental issues bringing together a maximum of 60 government and municipal officials, policymakers, and technology experts alongside environmental and social entrepreneurs (including trainers) in a three-day TechCamp. Impact will be evidenced by the improvement in skills of participants, and the quality of follow-on projects conducted as a result of the camp. 2. Translate and reframe 5-6 multifaceted ocean-related problems into succinct technical specifications and statements recognizable to software and technology designers, and identify ways to harness advancement in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to solve these issues during the TechCamp. Result can be measured by number and quality of targeted small-group sessions, introduction of new tools and technologies, augmentation/updating of technologies currently in use, and creating prototypes corresponding to each problem. 3. Create action plans for 5-6 follow-on projects with buy-in from different stakeholders to be implemented within 3-6 months after the TechCamp. Impact will be measured by the number and quality of follow-on projects such as proposed hackathons, mini-Tech Camps, or focused follow-on training at the regional, national, and local government levels, public-private partnerships forged (including partnerships with technology companies and U.S. multinational companies), creation of networks strengthening existing connections with American institutions. 4. Converge U.S. diplomatic mission with India’s past and ongoing grants, institutional and expert exchange programs, partnerships in the areas of sustainable water management, and ocean and disaster resilience with synergetic environmental health priorities. Impact will be measured by demonstrated amplification of the U.S. diplomatic mission’s messaging on environmental health priorities either through social/traditional media and introduction of TechCamp among India’s uninitiated hi-tech communities.
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