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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

Paraguay: Women’s Leadership Program (2012)

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
HED will accept only one (1) application from each lead U.S. applicant institution per partnership award. However, U.S. applicant institutions are permitted to participate as secondary institutions in more than one application per partnership award.

Higher Education for Development (HED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Higher Education for Development (HED) mobilizes the expertise and resources of the higher education community to address global development challenges. HED manages a competitive awards process to access expertise within the higher education community. HED operates with the advice and counsel of the nation's six major higher education associations: the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

The Women’s Leadership Program in Paraguay (WLP-Paraguay)
The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Program in Paraguay (WLP-Paraguay) is to support national and local development goals in Paraguay that promote gender equality and female empowerment in the agricultural sector.

Program Relationship to USAID Strategy and Policy
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 Women’s Leadership Program, 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 Women’s Leadership Program in Paraguay (WLP-Paraguay) will contribute directly to this goal by strengthening the capacity of the National University of Asuncion to advance women’s leadership and prepare graduates in the agricultural sector who can contribute to promoting gender equality in Paraguay’s workforce.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.

May 25, 2012, 5:00 pm:  Deadline for an email of intent, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

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May 31, 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:

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:, 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:, 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 or 979.845.1811.

June 5, 2012: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

June 18, 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.