(CLOSED) Limited Submission: U.S.-India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative


To encourage mutual understanding, facilitate educational reform, foster economic development, and engage civil society, the 21st Century Knowledge Initiative enables U.S. colleges and universities and Indian counterpart institutions to pursue objectives cooperatively through exchange visits of faculty, administrators, post graduate Indian students, and U.S. graduate students who can demonstrate the ability to work independently. The Knowledge Initiative is not designed to specifically support study abroad activities for undergraduate students but does encourage the development of education abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students.

Please read the full program announcement linked above before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • UPPER $100,000 for a 2-year period
  • Requests for amounts smaller than the maximum are eligible. Budgets and budget notes should carefully justify the amounts requested.


The following fields are eligible:

  • Energy, Climate & Environmental Studies
  • Education & Education Reform
  • Sustainable Development & Community Development

Selection Criteria

  • Broad and Enduring Significance of Institutional Objectives: Project objectives should have significant and ongoing impact on the participating institutions and their surrounding societies, communities, or countries and foster a deepened understanding of critical issues in one or more of the eligible fields. Special consideration will be given to proposals which include Indian junior faculty development as a component of the grant activity
  • Feasibility and Effectiveness of Strategy to Achieve Project Objectives: Strategies to achieve project objectives should be feasible and realistic within the projected budget and timeframe. Proposals should contain detailed information on specific exchange activities and outline the methodology and timeframe for achieving project goals.
  • Institutional Commitment to Cooperation: Proposals should demonstrate significant understanding by each institution of its own needs and capacities and of the needs and capacities of its proposed partner(s), together with a strong commitment by the partner institutions, during and after the period of grant activity, to cooperate with one another in the mutual pursuit of institutional objectives.
  • Project Evaluation: Proposals should describe a methodology for determining the degree to which a project meets its objectives, both while the project is underway and at 7 its conclusion. The final project evaluation should provide observations about the project’s influence within the participating institutions as well as their surrounding communities or societies.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Administrative and program costs should be reasonable and appropriate with cost-sharing provided by all participating institutions within the context of their respective capacities. Cost-sharing is viewed as a reflection of institutional commitment to the project. Contributions should not be limited to indirect costs.
  • Support of Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive support of diversity by explaining how issues of diversity are included in project objectives for all institutional partners. Issues resulting from differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, caste, religion, geography, socio-economic status, or physical challenge should be addressed during project implementation. In addition, project participants and administrators should reflect the diversity within the societies, which they represent. Proposals should also discuss how the various institutional partners approach diversity issues in their respective communities or societies.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit 1 proposal. If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Name of field (Energy, Climate & Environmental Studies, Education & Education Reform, Sustainable Development & Community Development)
  • A (maximum two-page) project design plan that focuses on specific institutional objectives, lists exchange visits and activities, and summarizes a process for evaluating the results of the project.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact 21CKI@usief.org.in .

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