The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2020-2021 project competition. Teams composed of at least one US and Russian organization or higher education institution are invited to propose innovative bilateral initiatives that will benefit both countries and address a common issue in one of the four following socially-oriented themes:
- Arctic and environmental conservation
- Indigenous peoples’ empowerment
- Disability and inclusion
- Public health
Details on specific eligibility criteria, project design requirements, and submission instructions are specified in the official Request for Applications (RFA), which is detailed below.
Projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
Projects must address one or more of SEE’s four thematic areas (Arctic and environmental conservation, Indigenous peoples’ empowerment, Disability and inclusion, and Public health).
Projects must include one U.S.-based partner and one Russia-based partner as implementing organizations. Lead partners may also include other organizations/individuals as additional implementers to assist with project activities as necessary.
Project applications must be submitted by the U.S.-based partner on behalf of the partnership. EF will only disburse funds to the U.S. lead organization to manage on behalf of the partnership.
Projects must achieve clear and measurable impact with equal or near-equal benefit to both the U.S. and Russia.
Projects must impact at least 250 direct beneficiaries* in each country (500 total).
Projects may not directly engage in political activism, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.
Russian federal, regional, state, and local government bodies; government-funded social institutions (e.g. orphanages, nature preserves); as well as federal academic and research institutions are not eligible to serve as project partners (except for student groups, which may do so).
While partnerships that previously received EF funding are eligible to apply, preference will be given to projects submitted on behalf of new partner organizations. If one of the applying organizations have previously received EF partnership project funding but is now applying with a different partner, this partnership would be eligible to apply.
While U.S.-based universities and other research institutions are eligible to apply, funded projects must expand beyond pure research. Projects falling outside the four thematic areas will also be considered for funding if the project will facilitate greater understanding of shared values in the U.S. and Russia. Applicants are encouraged to include innovative methodologies and technologies to accomplish program goals and collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers.
* “Direct beneficiaries” are identifiable individuals who receive measurable benefit from project activities (e.g. obtain new knowledge or skills by attending a training, gain access to new community resources generated or enhanced by the project, or increased understanding of an issue due to project outreach).
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Awards:- EF will fund innovative ideas that leverage U.S.-Russian cooperation to implement unique solutions to pressing social problems in the above thematic areas. Projects may request EF funding of up to $43,000 for projects that focus on various topics, including but not limited to creating initiatives encouraging local conservation efforts in the Arctic and other communities, empowering Indigenous communities, increasing involvement of people with disabilities in social life, employment, and sports; and developing initiatives focused on public health responses for local communities, including marginalized groups.