2019 - U.S. Embassy Brussels PAS Annual Program Statement

US Department of State

US Embassy Brussels, Public Affairs Section (PAS)

U.S. Embassy Brussels PAS Annual Program Statement



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:  The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from the United States and Belgium:


  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
  • Individuals;
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions; or
  • Governmental institutions


For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.  


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


Proposal Limit: Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.  If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.


Summary:  The U.S. Embassy Brussels Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program.  This Annual Program Statement outlines our funding priorities, strategic themes, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.  Applications for programs are accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline.  Each quarter prior to the deadline, a grant review committee reviews applications.  The deadline is necessary to provide sufficient time to process and award programs in advance of the end of our fiscal year on September 30, 2019.  Please carefully follow all instructions below. 


Purpose of Grants:  PAS Brussels invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Belgium by highlighting shared values and promoting bilateral cooperation.  Grant proposals must convey an American cultural element, support a priority program area (see below), or include a connection with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of PAS projects include, but are not limited to:


  • Grassroots programs that counter the influences of violent extremism;
  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
  • Youth leadership programs, especially for minorities;
  • Professional and academic exchanges and projects;
  • Media co-ops and press outreach;
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in technological or other fields; and
  • Sports-related programming


Priority Program Areas:


  • Programs that demonstrate active partnership between the United States and Belgium to address new and evolving security challenges;
  • Programs that highlight U.S.-Belgian cooperation that counters terrorism and transnational crime;
  • Programs that strengthen the transatlantic economic ties between Belgians and Americans; and
  • Programs that support a long-term investment in U.S.-Belgian ties through educational, cultural, professional, and other exchanges between our two countries.
  • Programs that have a national reach and impact by linking likeminded organizations across linguistic and regional divides.


Participants and Audiences:


  • Youth
  • Women and youth from underserved communities;
  • Cultural institutions;
  • Academic institutions;
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Community leaders
  • U.S. and Belgian thought leaders; and
  • Social and new media users
  • Journalists, media organizations


The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:


  • Projects relating to partisan political activity;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Construction projects;
  • Projects that support specific religious activities;
  • Fundraising campaigns;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or projects;
  • Scientific research; or
  • Projects that duplicate existing projects.



April 15, 2019
Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.  Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu
April 22, 2019
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 research plan summary (3 pages max not including references), two-page bio-sketch (per PI), 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.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:shelly.martin@tamu.edu  or 979.862.2233.

May 20, 2019
Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.
July 19, 2019
Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.


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.