The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund grants fuel strategic new university partnerships to increase student exchange and training programs between the Americas. Through a dynamic collaboration between the U.S. government, private sector, nonprofits, and foundations, we are building a hemisphere of students ready to compete and thrive in the 21st century workforce.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the dynamic public-private sector partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Expand Student Exchange and Training Opportunities

100,000 Strong in the Americas uses the principle of leveraged innovation with higher education institutions (HEIs) that demonstrate the greatest commitment and innovation toward increasing study abroad opportunities between the United States and countries in the Western Hemisphere. In applying for the Innovation Fund grants, HEIs will be asked to demonstrate how they will assert leadership in implementing the innovations proposed, how they will address on-campus barriers to student mobility, how they will maintain student engagement, and how they will commit to making concrete changes to expand access to study abroad as sending and/or hosting institutions.

The Department of State, NAFSA and Partners of the Americas reserve the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Please refer to the RFPs below for a complete statement of goals and expected results of the competitions.

The MetLife Foundation Study Abroad Innovation Competition

All higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico that increase student mobility in any academic field of study, with a special emphasis on programs that diversity the student population studying abroad, specifically those of racial ethnic or economically disadvantaged backgrounds—are eligible to compete.

Application Period:  May 28, 2017 – August 31, 2017.

For more information, please go to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas official website. To see the current competitions, please click here.