University of Southern California


Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)

Slots:                                                     One                      
Nomination per School:               One
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.     

LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           September 15, 2014
External Deadline:                          November 3, 2014
Award Information:                       Estimated Number of Awards: Pending the availability of funds, selected grant recipients are expected to enter into grant status before August 31, 2015. Grant activities are expected to be completed within the three-year timeframe.

Submission Process:                    PIs must submit their application utilizing the Office of Research’s new Application Portal:

Link to Award:

Purpose: To encourage mutual understanding, facilitate educational reform, foster economic development, and engage civil society, the OSI enables U.S. colleges and universities and Indian counterpart institutions to pursue objectives cooperatively through exchange visits of faculty, administrators, post graduate Indian students, and U.S. graduate students who can demonstrate the ability to work independently. The OSI is not designed to specifically support study abroad activities for undergraduate students but does encourage the development of education abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students.

The project should be designed to focus on specific institutional objectives that will support the program’s goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society. The project design should include a series of exchange visits and activities that will lead to the achievement of the project’s objectives within a three-year period, and should describe a process for evaluating the results of project implementation. The design should also provide for the effective administration of the project.

Objectives: Proposals should explain in detail how the project will enable the participatinginstitutions to achieve specific institutional or departmental changes that will support thegoals of the OSI. Proposals should outline a series of activities for meeting specificobjectives for each participating institution and society. The benefits of the project toeach of the participating institutions may differ significantly in nature and scope based ontheir respective needs and resource bases.

Project objectives may include the development or revision of courses, curricula, and programs of study at participating institutions to support mutual understanding, educational reform, economic development, or civil society. Particular areas of interest include Indian junior faculty development programs and the engagement of U.S. community colleges with Indian vocational and technical educational institutions.

Proposals may outline the parameters and possible content of new courses; new teaching specializations or pedagogic methodologies; collaborative research; new or revised curricula; and new programs for outreach to educators, professional groups, or the general public. Proposals may also describe strategies to promote administrative reform through faculty or staff development.

In most cases a limited number of related thematic objectives at each institution will be more feasible to achieve than a larger number of unrelated objectives.