Purpose of Grant: The purpose of this grant is to fund programs between higher education institutions (HEIs) in Colombia and the United States to increase bidirectional student exchange and training programs particularly in internships and practicums in research-creation. It also aims to support Colombian and U.S. HEIs to build academic networks, develop strategic alliances, internationalize, and strengthen sustainable partnerships around areas of mutual interest between the countries, like the creative industries.
Project Period: August 2019 – December 31, 2020
Application Due Date: May 31, 2019
Project Description: The academic focus areas in this grant competition are guided by these following thematic sectors: Arts & Heritage, Cultural Industries, Functional Creations, New Media, and Content Software. Proposals with a focus on exchange/training programs in research-creation and that demonstrate leadership in other creative disciplines will also be considered. Each proposal should include a minimum of one (1) U.S. student and a minimum of four (4) Colombian students. Students must receive some level of credit from their home institution in Colombia or in the United States.
This Innovation Fund Competition seeks the following two types of exchange models:
- Research-Creation Internship: Under this model, participating Colombian undergraduate students will have a practical and experiential experience at a host U.S. HEI, which will allow them to acquire new knowledge, skills, and competencies; and in this way, will give value to the activity of research-creation as a lifelong project. The internships must take place at the partner HEI in the U.S. and have a minimum duration of three (3) months, but preferably one academic period.
- Research-Creation Practicum: Under this model, U.S. students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral studies will be selected, with the purpose of creating a space that allow for the exchange and transfer of knowledge and creative practices around the Creative and Cultural Industries. This includes training and research (e.g., creation workshops, seminars, among others) at a Colombian HEI. The practicums must take place at the partner HEI in Colombia and have a minimum duration of one (1) month.
Proposals should focus on presenting innovative ideas, practices, or models that will increase international internship and practicum opportunities in research-creation for their students; expand the capacity for the partner institution(s) to host them or to reciprocate the exchange by sending students; expand their own capacity to host international students; or integrate increased flow in both directions.
Eligible Applicants: All higher education institutions in the U.S. and Colombia
Funding: Up to $35,000