Summary: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the FY 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The Global AEIF 2020 Competition will provide resources for alumni projects around the world to advance women’s and girls’ safety and their meaningful participation in peace and security processes. Pending availability of funds, ECA will announce proposals recommended for funding in June 2020.
Program Objectives: AEIF increases the impact of the investment in U.S. government-funded exchange programs and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs (Exchange Visitor Program, https://j1visa.state.gov/) by supporting projects designed and led by alumni of past exchange programs. Posts should consider public service projects proposed and managed by teams of alumni that support at least one of the four WPS pillars:
- Strengthen the role of women in peace, security, and governance
- Engage women as partners in preventing terrorism and countering radicalization and recruitment
- Promote protection of women and girls from violence, abuse, and exploitation
- Support women’s political and civic participation
Please note, ECA will not fund Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) or DreamBuilder programs through AEIF.
Competition Format: The ECA Office of Alumni Affairs will accept proposals from $5,000 up to $25,000 proposed and managed by teams of at least two alumni.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the AEIF competition, proposals must be submitted by teams comprised of at least two (2) alumni of USG sponsored exchange programs. Alumni who are U.S. citizens may be part of the team, however, there must be at least two non-U.S. citizen alumni on the project team. All project activities must take place outside of the United States and its territories.
Application and Submission Information: Applications must be in English. Alumni Affairs cannot accept applications via cable, fax, e-mail, or pouch. Posts will submit completed proposals and budgets on behalf of alumni. Proposals must be submitted as .pdf files and budgets as .xls files.
Application Closing Date: Posts will receive proposals no later than Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Send via email to email@example.com
Application Review Process: Alumni Affairs will screen all applications for technical eligibility based on the objectives, priorities, requirements, ineligible activities, and unallowable costs contained in this funding opportunity. Once Alumni Affairs has completed this initial screening, it will convene a panel of ECA and regional bureaus to recommend applications for funding. The Washington D.C. Selection Committee will rate all technically eligible applications using the following point-based system:
- Purpose and summary, description, and implementation plan: 20 points
- Relevance of the project to women, peace, and security: 10 points
- Degree of alumni involvement: 10 points
- Participation and support from local partners: 10 points
- Evaluation and impact of the project: 10 points
- Sustainability: 10 points
- Communication, media and outreach plan: 10 points
- Budget and budget narrative: 20 points
The public alumni.state.gov landing page redirecting alumni to posts can be found at https://alumni.state.gov/aeif.