U.S. Mission to India: Seeking Proposals for Women in STEM Roadshow Project


Organisation:  U.S. Mission to India

Apply By:  12 Jun . 2017


U.S. Mission to India: Seeking Proposals for Women in STEM Roadshow Project
 

Background:

The U.S. Embassy strongly supports initiatives that promote women’s social and economic development, integrate women into peace and security building, address and prevent gender-based violence, and ensure women’s full participation in civic and political life. Research shows that progress in women’s employment, health, and education can lead to greater economic growth and stronger communities. Integrating women in the corporate and government sectors is critical to good governance, economic growth, inclusive development, and regional security.

Program Goals:

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

1. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchanges of information, experiences and expertise.

2. Support economic growth and development by creating awareness for girls and young women on higher education opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

3. Encourage more Indian students to consider higher education opportunities in the United States by interacting with U.S. university alumni in India and promoting EducationUSA.

Program Description

Objective:

To implement a STEM Roadshow in selected cities to encourage girls and young women to pursue opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi (PAS New Delhi) in coordination with U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad and U.S. Consulate General Kolkata seeks proposals for a project entitled “Women in STEM Roadshow.” Through this project, a grantee will organize a “Women in STEM Roadshow” comprised of nine workshops in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities in the consulate districts of

New Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The workshops will provide information to girls and young women about pursuing opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields – areas which represent an important source of professional employment opportunities in India. The workshops would also highlight STEM educational opportunities at U.S. institutions of higher learning, and introduce participants to EducationUSA.

The grantee will work closely with PAS New Delhi and the Consulates in Hyderabad and Kolkata to determine the final workshop agenda, which will include sessions and materials from EducationUSA. Proposals should include recommended themes to discuss in the workshop including but not limited to the following:

  • The global landscape in the STEM fields.
  • Strategies for pursuing a career in the STEM fields.
  • How to join and tap networks for female STEM practitioners.
  • Techniques for confronting gender-related obstacles in school and at work.
  • Academic opportunities available for STEM studies at U.S. universities, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Proposals must detail:

The grantee is responsible for all aspects of the program. Submitted proposals should include programmatic and financial details of the following:

1. Logistics for the Women in STEM Roadshow:

 The STEM Roadshow will consist of a total of nine one-and-a-half day workshops in three cities in each of the consular districts of New Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. For each of the three workshops, the grantee will identify and recruit two experts (one international and one local/conversant in local language) who are recognized leaders in the STEM field. The grantee will define clear roles for the experts during the workshops. The grantee will be required to identify and invite participants (girls and women), a minimum of 30 for each workshop in each city, from colleges and universities. Proposals must cover the expenses associated with the roadshow including securing venues and facilities; arranging for workshop materials and A/V support; and securing the participation of experts and making arrangement for their travel, honorarium, accommodations, and per diem. PAS New Delhi will provide final approval for the selected experts, workshop participants, agenda, promotional materials and program cities for the workshops and follow-on engagement sessions.

2. The plan for organizing the networks and executing the sessions at local high schools: The grantee will create a separate network for each of the three consular districts. The network members will be trained in providing counseling and support to female high school students considering the pursuit of a STEM-based education. Each network will conduct three interactive sessions in their geographic area.

3. Traditional and/or social media plan for amplification and advertisement of the program activities and outcomes: Proposals should include a robust traditional and/or social media plan for amplification and advertisement of the program activities and outcomes. PAS New Delhi will provide final approval on the media plan.

4. Monitoring and evaluation plan: The monitoring and evaluation plan should include pre and post surveys for participants of the workshops and follow-on engagement sessions. The surveys will assess how female student perceptions on the attainability and feasibility of STEM studies changed after the project. The M&E plan will also measure how many of the prospective students actually enrolled in STEM courses and contacted EducationUSA for further information within a year of the end of the program.

Award Information

1. Funding Type and Amount: Grant/cooperative agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $70,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $75,000

The Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. government, pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated grants officer.

2. Project and Budget Periods: Grant projects generally should be completed in one year or less.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Individuals are not eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.

2. Cost sharing is not required for this funding opportunity.

3. Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.

4. This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.

5. U.S. Embassy New Delhi grants/cooperative agreements cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization, or illegal activities.

Application Submission:

Instructions: Please follow all instructions below carefully. Failure to furnish all information or comply with stated requirements may lead to the application’s disqualification for consideration. Applicants must set forth accurate and complete information as required by this NOFO.

Applicants must ensure:

  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All materials are submitted in .pdf format
  • Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B are completed and submitted with the application. These forms are available at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.html

Applicants submitting proposals over $100,000 must also submit Standard Form LLL (SF-LLL), Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. This form is available at: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SFLLL-V1.1.pdf

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