July 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has just announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) with a very quickly-approaching deadline of August 16th. Proposals should highlight the relationship between any combination of two or more of the following nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. This competition is designed to use people-to-people activities that advance the vision of a New Silk Road connecting Afghanistan to its neighbors through networks of trade, transit and people, or expand regional connectivity along the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor.

Each proposal must specifically respond to one priority theme: cultural heritage and understanding; access to education; journalistic ties & regional reporting; or cross-border networks and problem solving. Please go to Funding Opportunity Number SCAPPD-13-AW-150-SCA-07172013 at grants.gov for more information.

You may contact Ellen Delage in the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/PPD) with questions at DelageEM@state.gov.

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