Sponsor:  U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Sponsor Program Solicitation: ECA/PE/C/CU-13-26
Funding Amount: $155,000 - $800,000
Duration: up to 2 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Tony De Ritis (Music and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, DMSB) and collaborators


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 03/06/2013
Sponsor Deadline: 05/06/2013

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only one application per institution is allowed.

If you are planning to submit please call Karen Drew (-4824) immediately, and by Wednesday, April 10, submit a 2-page pre-proposal following the format defined in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions

If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process.

Funding Areas

CAE initiatives are arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. Programs are implemented in close coordination with U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives are determined annually based on ECA strategic priorities.

It is the Bureau’s intent to make one award under each of the program themes, with the exception of theme three which may award up to two agreements contingent on the competiveness and strength of the proposals received. It is anticipated that all Cooperative Agreements under the CAE will fund project activities from September 1, 2013, to August 30, 2015. The actual number of awards under each theme will be contingent upon the quality of proposals submitted, their responsiveness to the published review criteria and the availability of funds. Pending successful implementation of the programs and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA’s intent to renew the Cooperative Agreements for two additional fiscal years, before openly competing for projects under these themes again. Approximate total funding is $1,955,000. The awards for each of the themes will be as follows: – Theme 1: Approximately $500,000 – Theme 2: Approximately $800,000 – Theme 3: Approximately $500,000 – Theme 4: Approximately $155,000

Under the FY2013 CAE Open Competition, ECA will accept project proposals under the following themes:

Theme 1: Economic Statecraft and the Arts The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement to design, implement and administer an exchange program that sends abroad small delegations (approximately three to eight members) of recognized American creative and business experts to provide a 360 degree perspective of a creative industry and contribute to the sustained development of a creative economy in emerging democracies and markets. The initiative will consist of approximately three to five programs spanning approximately one to two weeks in countries identified by ECA, and be complemented by a new and social media based mentoring/professional network component that will extend the impact of the program and provide innovative avenues for follow-on programming and alumni engagement.

Theme 2: Arts in Collaboration The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement to develop and administer an international exchange program in hip hop and urban arts that incorporates artistic collaboration, professional development and outreach to youth to explore and address conflict resolution strategies. This project will incorporate multi-disciplinary hip hop collaborations to provide innovative opportunities to engage youth and underserved communities overseas. This initiative consists of programming approximately 15 to 20 U.S. professional hip hop and urban artists who will lead four to six week exchange programs in each of the approximately six countries from at least two geographical regions determined by ECA. In addition to the overseas components, the initiative will bring approximately six foreign artists from at least two geographic regions to the U.S. to participate in a professional development program.

Theme 3: Community Engagement through the Arts The Bureau intends to award one or two Cooperative Agreements to design, implement and administer an exchange program that sends approximately four to eight American artists abroad to collaborate with local youth and underserved populations on community-based art projects in the mural arts and/or new media arts. Projects should be designed to advance U.S. foreign policy goals in that country by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment. Applicants can submit a proposal for up to $500,000 that incorporates mural arts and new media arts or submit a proposal for $250,000 that identifies either mural arts or new media arts. Each of the selected artists will conduct a project of three to four weeks in countries to be determined by ECA.

Theme 4: Professional Development in the Arts The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement to assist the Cultural Programs Division in the implementation of short-term, in-depth professional development cultural exchange projects. Approximately 12 to 15 U.S. Embassy and ECA nominated visitors from countries around the world will participate in two to three week initiatives/projects in the United States designed to promote interaction between foreign arts professionals and their American peers. The participants may include but not be limited to mixed ability performing and visual artists, arts administrators, and/or arts educators. Each project will be uniquely developed to include workshops and lecture/demonstrations in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and other sites in the United States in order to support strategic foreign policy goals. The exchange format will be intensive and interactive, weaving together both formal and informal sessions to achieve the stated goals and objectives for each specific project.