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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs

 Department of State

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

 FY2015 U.S. Building Study Abroad Capacity at U.S. Higher Education Institutions MOOC


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).  If more than one proposal is received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 1



 The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, is pleased to announce an open competition for proposals to advance the Bureau’s objectives of mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries, specifically through advancing U.S. student mobility, through the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Building Study Abroad Capacity at U.S. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).” This MOOC is a component of the Department’s engagement on expanding and diversifying U.S. study abroad through its new U.S. study abroad branch.


A single award recipient will be selected to design and successfully launch a publicly accessible MOOC no later than September 30, 2016.


This MOOC should be designed to:

  1. Provide a comprehensive overview of options for establishing or expanding quality study abroad programs for U.S. higher education institutions of all types and at all stages of study abroad development;


  1. Serve as a lasting tool for training and retraining of higher education professionals (administrators and faculty members) whose job responsibilities wholly or in-part engage with U.S. study abroad or international educational planning more broadly; and


  1. Offer best practices for expanding and diversifying U.S. study abroad both in terms of U.S. student participation, U.S. institutional participation, and the geographic and institutional breadth of study abroad destinations abroad.


For the purposes of this cooperative agreement U.S. study abroad programming should be construed in the broadest possible definition to include: short-term and long-term programs; university-administered and those programs administered by third-party providers; institutional partnerships; unidirectional, multi-directional exchange programs, academic study, internships, and service learning programs; and both physical and virtual study abroad opportunities.


The MOOC should offer detailed explorations on such topics as matching institutional or academic objectives with study abroad opportunities, broadening and diversifying student and faculty participation in study abroad, finding and maintaining strong international partnerships, and ensuring safety and academic integrity in study abroad programming.




April 7, 2015

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


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April 13, 2015

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact: or 979.862.2233.


May 3, 2015

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

June 2, 2015

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal (due by 5:00 p.m. proposer’s local time).



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.