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Grants to USA and Colombia IHEs for Collaborations on Climate Change Solutions

The 100K CLIMA Grant Competition to Build Inclusive Climate-Action and Student Exchange Programs between the United States and Colombia (2023)


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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)
Partners of the Americas (POA), 100,000 Strong in the Americas, Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB), Fundación Santo Domingo (FSD), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Embassy in Colombia
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/18/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Colombia institutions of higher education for collaborations on climate change solutions. Applicants are required to join the funding source's network prior to applying for a grant. Funding is intended to promote partnerships between institutions that will promote collaborative research projects and training and exchange programs related to climate change.

The purpose of this 100K Strong CLIMA competition is to provide funds to support innovative partnerships between HEIs that will result in (1) inclusive, climate- or energy transition-focused, student/faculty exchange and training programs between the U.S. and Colombia, and (2) bilateral focused climate action projects (CAPs), including research collaboration as well as student/faculty exchanges that contribute to climate-action solutions.

For this 100K Strong CLIMA grant competition, HEI applicants must select one of the following options below to address in their proposal. The first option is focused on innovative, inclusive student/faculty exchange and training programs between Colombia and the United States. The second option is focused on stimulating climate action and research projects as well as student/faculty exchanges. The two options are described below:

  • Option #1: Proposals focused on innovative, inclusive student/faculty exchanges. Proposals must describe how the teams of HEIs will use the 100K grant resources to create and implement new models of inclusive student/faculty exchange and training programs between the U.S. and Colombia focused on overall themes of climate action, energy transition, and related areas.
  • Option #2: Proposals that include climate research connected to climate action projects (CAPs) and student/faculty exchange and training programs. Proposals must describe how participating HEIs will use grant resources to support climate action projects (CAPs), including climate research, with potential participation of local or regional sectors, and include student/faculty exchange components. The proposed 100K Strong CLIMA projects under this option must be related to the thematic areas below and be strategic in terms of strengthening the cooperation and capacities of HEIs in the U.S. and Colombia to work together to solve climate challenges.

Project Design and Requirements:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All higher education institutions (HEIs) located and legally registered in the United States and Colombia are eligible to apply for this 100K Strong CLIMA Grant Competition.

This 100K CLIMA competition seeks proposals from all HEIs, including two-year and four-year degree-issuing universities/colleges (public & private), with special emphasis on U.S. institutions including Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), community colleges, and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs), with credit-bearing programs. First-time applicants and/or applicants those that have not previously received a 100K Strong grant are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Grant proposals must include a team of at least one HEI based in the U.S. and one HEI in based in Colombia. Additional HEIs can be added to proposals; however, this is not required. 100K Strong grant proposals can involve new partnerships and/or build on existing partnerships.

In order to increase the diversity of participating institutions, the Review Committee reserves the right to give preference to institutions that have not previously received Innovation Fund grants; however, all HEIs (including previous grant winners) are encouraged to apply.

For additional eligibility information for each of the application categories, see

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Pre-Application Information
Anticipated Timeline:
- Launch of 100K Strong CLIMA Grant Competition: October 5, 2023
- Close of 100K Strong CLIMA Grant Competition: February 18, 2024 (deadline extended)
- 100K Grant Proposal Evaluation Process: February 1, 2024 – March 31, 2024
- Notification of Status of Proposal to HEIs: End of April / early May 2024
- Onboarding and Award Funds to 100K HEI Winners: May – June 2024

Before applying for an Innovation Fund grant, please join the Innovation Network for free. Registration is required before applying to the grant competition. For more information, see:


Proposal Format and Design Guides:

Number of Grants
Up to 16 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The grants will be distributed according to the following:
- Approximately eleven (11) grants up to $27,174 each for inclusive student/faculty exchange and training programs.
- Approximately five (5) grants up to $50,000 each for proposed programs that include inclusive student/faculty exchanges and climate research/climate action projects (CAPs).

Term of Contract
All proposed 100K Strong CLIMA program activities, including planning and implementation, must take place during June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025.

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