Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

ECA Competitive Grants for Academic Programs and for Professional, Cultural, and Youth Programs

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the One-time Competitive Grants Program for Academic Programs and for Professional, Cultural, and Youth Programs. This competition for grants supports international exchanges in order to increase mutual understanding and build relationships, through individuals and organizations, between the people of the United States and their counterparts in other countries. Programs shall support the actual exchange of people and should benefit a population that is not being addressed through existing authorized exchanges, such as exchanges with developing countries which target community leaders, students and youth with high financial need and minority and ethnic groups. There are two separate competitions for this program but each institution may only submit a total of one application.

Competition A – Academic Programs

The Office of Academic Programs will accept proposals for two activities: 1) Undergraduate Intensive English Language Program, and 2) Capacity Building for Undergraduate Study Abroad. For each of the activities, Bureau emphasis is given to engaging participants from selected geographic regions overseas. Please refer to the RFGP for additional information on each activity.

Competition B – Professional, Cultural, and Youth Programs

Proposals must respond to one specific theme under one of the following programs:

Emerging Youth Leaders: for high school students (ages 15-17) and educators

  1. Democracy and Free Expression in Civil Society

Emerging Young Professionals: for young adults (ages 22-35)

  1. Environmental issues
  2. Post-conflict governing
  3. Development of Grassroots Organizations for Women
  4. Good government/Rule of Law
  5. Community-based Volunteerism

Emerging Cultural Leaders: "Rooted in the Arts" program for U.S. performing artists (ages 25-35) and teachers.

Please note each of the aforementioned programs is limited to specific countries. More detailed descriptions of these programs, themes and eligible countries can be found at

Because MU is limited to ONE proposal (TOTAL) to ONE of the two competitions, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) the competition category (A or B) and theme or type of activity proposed, 2) partnering country(ies), 3) goals and objectives, 4) activities, and 5) evaluation plan.


Total funding for this “One-Time Competitive Grants Program” is $8 million ($4 million to each competition). The maximum award is $500,000.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

April 12, 2010


URL for more information:

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at