South America: The Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon II (ICAA II) Higher Education Partnership Program (2012)

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

South America: The Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon II (ICAA II) Higher Education Partnership Program (2012)

http://www.hedprogram.org/funding/rfa/ICAAII-HEPP2012.cfm

Higher Education for Development / USAID

PI Eligibility:
Texas A&M University faculty are eligible.

HED will only consider applications from regionally accredited, degree granting, U.S. higher education institutions (two- and four-year colleges and universities). U.S. colleges and universities may apply individually or in partnership with other institutions.

Institutional Eligibility: 
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS)

Number of Applications: 1 each of 4 participant awards
HED will accept only one (1) application from each lead U.S. applicant institution per partnership award (there are 4 partnerships awards Bolivia, Ecudor, Peru and Columbia. However, U.S. applicant institutions are permitted to participate as secondary institutions in more than one application per partnership award.

An individual institution may submit more than one application pursuant to this RFA, since up to four partnership awards are anticipated. However, in the event that a single institution has more that one successful application, that institution will be asked to submit documentation showing that it has the management capacity to implement more than one partnership. In the event that the institution cannot offer such documentation, it will only be awarded a single partnership.

Summary:
Higher Education for Development (HED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
HED receives funding from USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, Office of Education (EGAT/ED), USAID’s functional and Regional Bureaus and worldwide Missions, and the U.S. Department of State to support higher education partnerships to advance global development, economic growth, good governance, and healthy societies. These partnerships provide training, applied research, academic program development, program evaluation, policy analysis, and program implementation, which are critical to furthering the U.S. government’s (USG) foreign assistance goals. Funding for this activity is provided by USAID’s Latin America and the Caribbean bureau.

Program Relationship to USAID Strategy
USAID’s Education Strategy is premised on the development hypothesis that education is both foundational to human development and critically linked to broad-based economic growth. The 2011-2015 Education Strategy outlines three goals with which all education development projects funded by USAID must align. Projects that HED manages, including the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon Phase II, higher education partnership program (ICAA II/HEPP), contribute to Goal 2 of this strategy – improved ability of tertiary and workforce development programs to generate workforce skills relevant to a country’s development goals.

The ICAA in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will contribute directly to this goal by strengthening the capacity of the respective higher education institutions to promote the conservation of biodiversity and maintenance of the Andean Amazon Biome. The resulting program will improve applied research, train students, and have a public service/extension component in support of the conservation of biodiversity. At the same time, the program is part of phase two of the larger ICAA, which is the flagship regional biodiversity conservation program of USAID in South America, envisioned to last 20 years.

Dates:
May 22, 2012, 5:00 pm:  Deadline for an email of intent, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

May 29, 2012, 5:00 pm:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at: https://eproposal.tamu.edu.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to: https://eproposal.tamu.edu, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to: https://eproposal.tamu.edu, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact libbyp@tamu.edu or 979.845.1811.

June 4 , 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

June 28, 2012:  Deadline Request of Application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.