Cultural, Technical and Educational Centers
To assist various organizations identified by Congress to achieve objectives specified by Congress. As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available. In 2016, the East-West Center continued to perform critical education, training, capacity building, and convening roles to assist U.S. officials, educators, business and NGO executives, and other thought leaders for constructive engagement in Asia Pacific, the world’s fastest growing region. Consistent with previous years, the Center engages participants from all levels of society to address issues of national and regional common, while also advancing American geopolitical and geostrategic interests. A primary goal in all Center programs is to empower “catalyst” people who can effect change across borders, cultures, and sectors for common goods. The Center continued to create and facilitate links between Asia-Pacific and American institutions through a rich variety of cross-cultural and cross-national research and leadership activities focused, for example, on women, ASEAN, journalists, and educators designed to build international capacity on environmental sustainability, trade policy, HIV/AIDS mitigation, North Pacific Arctic studies, and the rule of law. Prominent among the more than 300 programs and events held during 2016 was the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders summit, including ten heads of state from the Pacific islands region. The Hollings Center hosted dialogues on important topics such as challenging violent extremism (solutions to radicalization), regional security (focused on this cycle on Middle East, Africa, and Europe), and Preserving Cultural Heritage. The Hollings Center supported a young professionals in international relations speaker series, funded small grants on dialogue topics, and produced special reports on various topics.Fiscal Year 2017
International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue (Hollings Center) Accomplishments: Convened dialogues with the following topics: Profits to Peace (opportunities for private industry in post-conflict societies); Food Security Factor: Stability, Governance, and Development Choices; Political Pluralism in the Middle East; and Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit meetings. Convened semi-annual board meetings. Hosts several events for its Youth Professionals in International Relations (YPIR) series in Istanbul, Turkey. Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (East-West Center) Accomplishments: Carried out Center programs, which are multinational and interactive, bringing Americans and counterparts from the region for policy-oriented study, research and exchange on critical issues of mutual importance, including regional security, terrorism, good governance, economic development, family and social issues, health, education, disaster preparedness, environmental protection, and resource needs.Fiscal Year 2018
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2019
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2020
No Current Data Available.
The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-256), as amended., 22 U.S.C. 2054 2078 2451
Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Organizations specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation.
Beneficiaries are those served by the organizations receiving awards.
Eligible organizations are those specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement for Federal Awards applies to this program. As stated in the award solicitation documents.
Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau's Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via the U.S. Department of State's SAMS Domestic to the recipient's responsible officer identified in the application.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.
How are proposals selected?
As stated in the award solicitation documents.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress.
Funding is provided to the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (East-West Center) to promote better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, training, and research. Scholars, students, teachers, government officials, NGO leaders, journalists and other professionals in various fields from the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region may study and carry out research, exchange ideas and views, lead and participate in seminars and training activities, take part in cultural programs, and conduct other activities primarily in support of the objectives of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, and other Acts promoting the international, educational, cultural, and related activities of the United States. Funding is appropriated each fiscal year from interest and earnings credited to the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund for operations of the International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue (commonly referred to as the Hollings Center) which promotes dialogue, programs, and scholarships for various stakeholders to promote understanding and expand channels of communication between the United States and the Muslim world.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
As stated in the award solicitation documents.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements a nonfederal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific-audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State's Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (https://www.state.gov/m/a/ope/index.htm) for additional guidance.
The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. For awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report as authorized by the DOS. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State's Standard Terms and Conditions for awards(https://www.state.gov/m/a/ope/index.htm) for additional guidance.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Adam Meier (East-West Center)
EAP Branch Chief, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Room 4N6, Washington, DC 20037
Washington, DC 20037 USA
Vincent Pickett (Hollings Center)
Multi-Regional Programs Branch Chief, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Room 4G06, Washington, DC 20037
Washington, DC 20037 USA
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$17,475,000.00; FY 19 est $17,475,000.00; FY 20 est $17,475,000.00; FY 17$17,474,863.00; FY 16$17,475,007.00; - No Data Available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$775,000 to $16,700,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As stated in the Grants.gov or the U.S. Department of State's SAMS Domestic announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website. Refer to solicitation documents for additional requirements.
Examples of Funded Projects