Extramural Funding Sources

A selected set of programs that provide competitive grant funding for faculty-led research and service learning in the international context are described below.

European Union CurrencyHigher Education Challenge Grants are offered by USDA to strengthen institutional capacities to respond to identified State, regional, national or international educational needs to formulate and administer programs to enhance college and university teaching in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, human and family and consumer sciences, disciplines closely allied to the food and agricultural system, and rural economic, community and business development.

The International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program (ISE) supports research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching. ISE projects are expected to enhance the international content of curricula; ensure that faculty work beyond the U.S. and bring lessons learned back home; promote international research partnerships; enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the U.S.; and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

The objective of the International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF.

The National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation support the BREAD Program to foster innovative scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. A significant distinction between Basic Research to Encourage Agricultural Development and other NSF programs is that proposals to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. The Program's focus is on novel, transformative research at the proof-of-concept stage rather than its application or development. Especially encouraged are original proposals that address major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development of novel and efficient production practices. Although the Program places an initial emphasis on crop improvement, it will also consider innovative research proposals from scientists in all fields of research and engineering as long as the proposed research is consistent with the Program objectives. Proposals are also expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.

Higher Education for Development (HED) grants mobilize the expertise and resources of the higher education community to address global development challenges. HED administers a cooperative agreement (AEG-A-00-05-00007-00) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under the Leader with Associate Cooperative Agreement, signed in September 2005, HED manages a competitive awards process to access expertise within the higher education community.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

The AAAS maintains Science GrantsNet: International Funding Index and Grants for study and research. This is primarily a list for research proposals.

Grant Terminology

Automated Clearing House (Utilized by Treasury Department to wire payments)
Cooperative Agreement
An agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value authorized by public statute and the government plays a substantial role.
Cost Sharing
That portion of a project or program costs not borne by the Federal Government.
Agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value to support a public purpose authorized by public statute. The Government is not the recipient of the good or service and does not play a substantial role.
Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA)
A method of charging costs which can not be directly identified
Prior approval
Written approval by an authorized official evidencing prior consent.
Standard Form 269-used to prepare financial reports for a grant or cooperative agreement.
Standard Form 270-used to request advances or reimbursements for a grant or cooperative agreement.
An award of financial assistance in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, made under an award by a recipient to an eligible subrecipient or by a subrecipient to a lower tier subrecipient. The term includes financial assistance when provided by any legal agreement, even if the agreement is called a contract, but does not include procurement of goods and services nor does it include any form of assistance which is excluded from the definition of award.
A legal entity to which a subaward is made and which is accountable to the recipient for the use of the funds provided.

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Last Updated: February 08, 2012

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