University of Southern California


Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)


The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) supports projects through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). The Initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education in order to encourage mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post-secondary educational institutions. Areas of interest are:

Program Information

Request for Proposal

Institutional Limit

Limit of one proposal per organization.

Note: USEIF will only accept one proposal per institution. Institutions that have received an OSI grant in the past are not eligible to apply again.

Award Amount/Information

Up to $250,000 (over a maximum of three years) Cost-sharing will be considered an important indicator of the applicant institution s commitment to the project.


Internal: September 24, 2012
Full Proposal: November 15, 2012

Nomination Process

Interested faculty should contact their school’s dean of research who coordinate the first step in the internal selection process. Faculty are typically asked to submit, at a minimum, a CV or biosketch, as well as a single-page proposal summary to their research dean. Individual schools’ deadlines are in advance of the internal deadline posted above. Check with your school prior to our internal deadline for details concerning the nomination process.