The Department of State and Bureau of Intelligence and Research is inviting applications from U.S. organizations with interest and expertise in conducting research and foreign language training to implement programs concerning the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.
Through the Title VIII Program, the U.S. government, in the interest of national security, funds organizations to help develop and maintain this critical expertise.
Through open, merit-based competitions, the Title VIII Program awards grants to American universities, institutions of higher education, and non-governmental organizations. Project proposals must be national in scope and involve an open, merit-based recruitment of fellowship recipients. All research proposals must explicitly support U.S. foreign policy and should promote analytic outreach and engagement with State Department policymakers and intelligence community analysts.
The State Department administers the Title VIII Program to attain the following goals in alignment with the legislation:
- Develop, support, and deepen American expertise in the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.
- Develop American proficiency in the critical languages of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.
- Bring regional and foreign language expertise to the service of the U.S. government and contribute to U.S. knowledge and national capability.
- Advance U.S. foreign policy goals and foster international collaboration and understanding.
- Total amount of funding the grant or expects to award through this announcement: Approximately $2,000,000
- Expected amounts of individual awards: Awards granted in 2020 ranged from $150,000 to $400,000.
- Anticipated period of performance: Project activities may extend from 1 – 3 years.
Eligible Research Programs
- U.S. Institutions of higher education or non-profit organizations that meet the provisions outlined in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC (501) (c) (3) may apply. Organizations may submit one (1) application in response to this NOFO.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332333