IIP Individual Grants


As authorized by the Smith-Mundt Act, the Bureau of International Information Programs U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program awards short-term grants to U.S. experts to present lectures, serve as consultants, or conduct workshops and seminars for professional audiences. Grantees represent most disciplines, except English language teaching, and interact with a variety of overseas professional audiences. Grantees do not teach undergraduate classes or conduct research. The program applies the intellectual and creative competence of those U.S. citizens to public diplomacy issues identified by U.S. missions abroad through the mission performance plan process. Grantees travel to one or more foreign countries, or participate in an electronic audio or video conference.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (including individual awards)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
The US Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, also called
the Smith-Mundt Act, Public Law 80-402.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Credentials of U.S. experts must be presented and reviewed by staff to determine suitability for programs. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Final grant awards are determined by IIP staff in concert with participating U.S. embassies.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Grant awards are made based on the professional qualifications of the individual U.S. experts.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are only available to U.S. citizens. Grants are used to provide funding for round trip international airfare, honorarium, per diem and other minor allowances.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
U.S. embassies are required to submit program reports in the Mission Activity Tracker. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. U.S. Embassies are required to submit evaluation reports for all U.S. Speaker and Specialist programs.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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. In addition, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in the Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.
The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No time restriction. Aside from honorarium payment, all other grant funds are to be spent on actual trip. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
ESTELLE M BAIRD 2200 C STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, District of Columbia 20037 Email: BAIRDEM@STATE.GOV Phone: 2026329204
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 14 $3,407,036; FY 15 est $3,500,000; and FY 16 est $3,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program guidelines and policies are outlined in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, Section 10 FAM 350.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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