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Call for Applications: TeamUp Micro-Grant Competition

Is your institution interested in establishing partnerships in Japan? Could you use a small grant to set international programming in motion? You’re in luck.

Cultural Vistas, together with the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF), is offering a series of micro-grants aimed at spurring partnerships for U.S. higher education institutions with counterparts in Japan.

Five U.S. institutions will be awarded up to $7,000 each, bringing the total grant awards in 2017 to 10, to help establish partnerships with Japanese institutions. Program activities are to occur between February 2017 and August 2017. Applications are due January 2, 2017.

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The funds should cover one or two representatives’ travel to Japan for planning meetings with a potential partner(s), but the campaign encourages creative utility of the funds as well. Applicant institutions will be encouraged to seek supplemental or matching funds from their universities to cover any additional costs of finalizing an agreement with a new partner.

Priority will be given to historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, women’s colleges or consortia, and other institutions serving diverse student populations.

The TeamUp Micro-Grants Competition builds on the past two years of the TeamUp initiative. TeamUp has created the RoadMap, which is a complete “how-to” guide to identifying and implementing a U.S.-Japan partnership. In addition to the RoadMap, the campaign recognizes the increased importance in providing institutions with underserved populations additional support to establish relationships with counterpart institutions.

Earlier this year, Cultural Vistas and USJBF awarded five institutions micro-grants to support partnership-building activities with Japanese institutions, which are now taking place during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.

Learn more about the TeamUp Micro-Grant Competition.