Two New 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant Competitions Open Today

Michelle Nicholson Rebecca Morgan
Washington, DC
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015: Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced today the call for proposals for the seventh and eighth rounds of competitions of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants, which are open to higher education institutions (HEIs) throughout the Americas.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity, and preparing a more globally competent workforce.

Competition 7, supported by the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Campus Puerto Rico, will be open to HEIs in Puerto Rico and in non-U.S. countries in the Western Hemisphere with no thematic restrictions. Competition 8, supported by Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) and CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, will be open to U.S. community colleges and SENA Centers in Colombia that promote study abroad or exchange in Innovation, Research, Differentiation, and Languages. Competition 7 closes September 30, 2015 and Competition 8 closes October 15, 2015.

Higher education institutions are encouraged to submit innovative proposals that will create new or build on existing partnerships which increase study abroad opportunities for students going to and from Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States.

 “The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the most effective means to grow and improve educational opportunities in the Western Hemisphere,” said Steve Vetter, President & CEO of Partners of the Americas. “By helping institutions overcome barriers to study abroad and form sustainable partnerships, this initiative is building the globally and culturally competent workforce companies increasingly demand.” 

Learn more about the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund at www.100kstrongamericas.org.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fundis a public-private collaboration of the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators that was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry in January 2014.  Since then, 48 Innovation Fund grants have been awarded to teams of 110 higher education institutions from 16 countries in the Western Hemisphere region.
The mission of Partners of the Americas is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC. Learn more at www.partners.net or via Twitter @partnersamerica.
With nearly 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education. Learn more about our work at www.nafsa.org and www.connectingourworld.org and on Twitter at @NAFSA and @ConnectOurWorld.
Campus Puerto Rico is a public and private collaboration that promotes Puerto Rico as an ideal destination for Spanish speakers wishing to study in a U.S. accredited institution while learning English without postponing a degree. It has a robust, U.S.-accredited educational system with 54 institutions, organized in 141 campuses all around the island, offering 5,339 programs including 105 doctoral, 770 masters, 1,242 bachelor’s, 746 associate,  146 first professional degrees and 2,330 technical professional certifications. It offers an affordable study abroad opportunity, in Spanish, within the legal and educational framework of the U.S. Learn more about Campus Puerto Rico at www.campuspuertorico.pr.gov or via Twitter and Facebook at Campus Puerto Rico and @CampusPtoRico.

Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), or the National Training Service, is a Colombian public institution that provides free vocational and technical training to approximately 9 million Colombians annually. It is the country’slargest public institution, with full national coverage through 117 industry-specific training centers and an extensive online platform. SENA aims to develop and expand a technically-skilled workforce to respond to the needs of Colombian national development and an increasingly international economy. For more information about SENA, visit www.sena.edu.co.

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America is a development bank created in 1970, made up by 19 countries - 17 of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal – as well as 14 private banks in the region. It promotes sustainable development through its lending, and support in the technical and financial structuring of projects in the public and private sectors of Latin America. It is also well known for its work in equity and social inclusion, workforce development and climate change among other areas. For more information about CAF, visit www.caf.com.

Follow the Innovation Fund and the overall initiative on Twitter with the hashtag #100KStrongAmericas.