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Department of State – Embassy of the United States, Islamabad, Pakistan (SCAISB-18-AW-006-02012018) Cultural Affairs – Pakistani Partnerships

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          April 4, 2018 (11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time)

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement or Grant (see opportunity link for details)

Estimated Number of Awards: N/A

Anticipated Amount: The award floor is set at $50,000; the award ceiling is set at $150,000. Estimated Total Program Funding: $400,000

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:


Link to Award:                         

Who May Serve as PI:                    In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS) number. Organizations requesting $25,000 or more must also have a valid registration on Please see Section D for information on how to obtain these registrations.

Previous federal award recipients who are not/were not in compliance with the terms of their financial and program reporting requirements are ineligible to apply. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are in compliance with all applicable terms, conditions, and Office of Management and Budget guidance and requirements. Those organizations found to be in noncompliance may be found ineligible for funding or designated high risk if selected for funding.


CAO Islamabad’s purpose in funding projects under this opportunity is to further contribution to economic growth and development of human and government capacity in Pakistan, while developing people-to-people ties and increasing understanding of and support for U.S.-Pakistan relations and American values and policy among the Pakistani public.

Programming funded under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will help to strengthen ties between the United States and Pakistan through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.

To that end, all programs must include American content and/or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Proposals must contain a clear plan to measure and evaluate the impact of the program. Preference will be given to proposals that target audiences outside the urban centers of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar and socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations. While proposals that include exchanges outside of Pakistan are welcome, proposals with the majority of activities conducted in Pakistan will be given preference. We encourage recipient organizations to include links to American businesses to promote the growth of U.S.-Pakistan economic ties when possible. We welcome proposals from qualified organizations that have not received CAO funding in the past as well as existing and/or previous PAS grantees, including PAS and U.S. Department of State University Partnership participants, and from members of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN). Note: While proposals may address multiple project objectives; they should focus activities primarily in one of the following four (4) project areas, and indicate which one.

The Public Affairs Section will not support the following activities or expenses under this funding opportunity:

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.