U.S. University Partnership Initiative in South Africa

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. University Partnership Initiative in South Africa
Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-PTA-202005
Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Number: 19.040
Deadline for applications: February 28, 2020
See also: Grants.gov
Download Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): U.S. University Partnership Initiative in South Africa (PDF 213KB)


December 18, 2019 update: Private non-profit institutions of higher education are also eligible to apply.


The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program focused on strengthening existing ties and fostering new collaboration between U.S. and African universities.

Priority Region:
Project activities must take place in South Africa and the United States, and be directed at South African audiences/participants.

Program Objectives:
The goal of the University Partnerships Initiative (UPI) is to strengthen existing ties and foster new collaboration between U.S. and South African universities.  Focus areas include promoting faculty and student exchanges, facilitating joint research, building administrative capacity, and creating public-private partnerships. Program proposals should address how relationships between institutions will be sustained after U.S. government funded efforts are concluded.

Specific Program Objectives:

  • Promote U.S.-South Africa faculty and student exchanges, particularly the development of dual degree programs that have South Africans complete their studies in their home country and address South Africa’s shortage of qualified academic staff.
  • Facilitate joint research, especially in agriculture, food security, and STEM.
  • Provide training and transfer skills in all aspects of university administration through subject-matter exchange programs.
  • Explore public-private partnerships, with an emphasis on commercialization, technology transfer, and job creation.

Participants and Audiences:
The intended audience is community college and university students, university administrators, corporations, the NGO sector, and USG alumni. Proposals that address linkages between South African technical universities and their American counterparts are strongly encouraged. Programs that create or grow linkages between academia and commerce are also encouraged.

An arrangement where the student attends classes / does research at two institutions, but only receives a degree from one would be acceptable if it is a formally agreed practice between the two institutions and students from both institutions have the opportunity to benefit from research / coursework at the partnering institution.

Applications should be emailed to PretoriaGrants@state.gov.