Higher education institutions (HEIs) located in the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and ElSalvador are eligible to apply for this new Innovation Fund Competition. This grant competitionseeks to receive proposals from a diversity of HEIs, such as four-year and shorter-term degree issuing higher education institutions, universities (public and private), colleges, communitycolleges, technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions with credit-bearing programs.
The intention is to select diverse HEI teams and to secure representation from a broad diversityof institutional profiles and ensure the greatest possibility of replication across HEIs forsustainability of proposed Innovation Fund programming in the United States and in CentralAmerica.
Innovation Fund grant proposals must include a partnership between at least one highereducation institution (HEI) in the U.S. and one higher education institution (HEI) inGuatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador. Proposals may involve new partnerships or build onexisting ones; but in all cases, should demonstrate strong institutional support and focus oncreating sustainable academic exchange programs among proposed partnering institutions.
In order to increase overall diversity of participating HEIs in this grant competition, the ReviewCommittee reserves the right to give preference to HEIs that have not previously receivedInnovation Fund grants. However, all HEIs (including previous grant winners) are encouraged toapply.
Grant proposals should focus on themes of Environmental Studies and Sustainability withspecial emphasis on addressing solutions to environmental issues and challenges in the UnitedStates, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Eligible academic areas include, but are notlimited to:
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
o Water Treatment
o Water Management
o Water Pollution Prevention
Natural Resource Management
o Deforestation and Forestry Management
o Agriculture and the Environment
Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
o Engineering for Environmental Sustainability
o Alternative and Renewable Energy
o Waste Management: Reuse & Recycling
o Social Entrepreneurship
o Environmental Law
o Public Policy
o Rule of Law/Governance
o Civil Society/Community Engagement