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The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2022
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November 12, 2021

All U.S. Government exchange program alumni are invited to submit their proposals and compete for an award of up to US$40,000 to make their community project idea a reality and implement their program within their community!

Read on for more details.

  • Proposals generally should be in the range of US$10,000 to US$40,000
  • Alumni applicants must submit their proposals and budgets to:  SingaporePASCultural@state.gov
  • To submit proposals, all alumni applicants must use the official AEIF proposal (in MS Word) and budget  (in MS Excel) forms by Monday, April 11, 2022. 
  • When submitting, please follow the following naming convention or the title of the documents:  Singapore_AEIF (Your Proposal Name  or  Budget).For instance:Singapore_AEIF_(Your Proposal Name). DOCSingapore_AEIF_(Budget_Your Proposal Name).XLS

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Each alumni team must use the official AEIF proposal (in MS Word) and budget  (in MS Excel) forms to submit its respective project application.
  • Each project proposal must include the involvement of at least two alumni from any U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs (for instance, Fulbright, IVLP, YSEALI, CSP, etc.) or an identified team lead from an alumni association
  • Proposals may request from $10,000 up to $40,000
  • Items valued at $200.00 or more must be itemized.  Related costs should NOT be lumped together (i.e. lodging, meals, and per diem should be separate line items)
  • Submitted proposal must include a clear explanation of how the project advances the U.S.-Singapore relationship by:
    • Enhancing shared safety and security through a strengthened U.S. and Singaporean partnership
    • Promoting economic growth, prosperity, innovation, and entrepreneurship
    • Promoting mutual understanding and people-to-people ties between Americans and Singaporeans
  • All project activities must take place outside of the United States and its territories
  • U.S. citizen alumni may participate as team members in a project, however, there must be foreign alumni included in the project
  • Projects may include alumni from different exchange programs and different countries
  • All proposals must identify the alumni involved in the project (alumni’ names, which exchange program(s) attended, and when – MM/YYYY)

 

ALLOWABLE ACTIVITIES AND COSTS

AEIF 2022 can support the following:

  • Intra-regional or in-country transportation
  • Rental of venues for project activities
  • PPE and sanitizing equipment
  • Meals/refreshments integral to the project (i.e. working lunch for a meeting)
  • Reasonable costs to support virtual programming (i.e. subscription to Zoom, WebEx, camera/microphones for virtual meetings, mailing services, etc.)
  • Trainer or speaker honoraria expenses (I.e. maximum $200/day fee, travel, lodging, per diem)
  • Reasonable equipment and materials
  • Communications and publicity materials, such as manuals or project advertisements

 

UNALLOWABLE ACTIVITIES AND COSTS

AEIF 2022 will not support the following:

  • Any airfare to/from the United States and its territories
  • Activities that take place in the United States and its territories
  • Staff salaries, office space, and overhead/operational expenses
  • Large items of durable equipment or construction programs
  • Alcohol, excessive meals, refreshments, or entertainment
  • Academic or scientific research
  • Charitable or development activities
  • Provision of direct social services to a population
  • Individual scholarships
  • Social travel/visits
  • Gifts or prizes
  • Duplication of existing programs
  • Institutional development of an organization
  • Venture capital, for-profit endeavours, or charging a fee for participation in project
  • Support for specific religious activities
  • Fund-raising campaigns
  • Support or opposition of partisan political activity or lobbying for specific legislation

 

Some examples of successful AEIF 2021 projects are listed below.  Visit https://alumni.state.gov/aeif/congrats-2021-aeif-competition-winners to read more about these projects:

  • AEIF 2021 Example #1: Vietnam – Young Conservationists to Save the Wildlife will raise awareness among Vietnamese youth about the importance of wildlife protection and threats raised by illegal wildlife trade. The project will engage 800 high school and university students through a media campaign competition and a volunteer program at a national park to increase awareness and engagement about biodiversity conservation and sustainability.
  • AEIF 2021 Example #2:  Canada – ATLAS (Atlantic Academy of Space) will introduce Atlantic Canadian high school students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, including space exploration and artificial intelligence. In cooperation with local project partners, the project will design a course to be delivered to 20 high school classrooms throughout the academic school year, providing over 600 high school students (particularly schools in Indigenous and Black communities) with critical guidance and insight into STEM careers.
  • AEIF 2021 Example #3: Togo – STAND OUT: Empowering the Current and Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs in Togo will empower 175 women in a leadership capacity by fostering entrepreneurship skills among female students and business owners.  The mentorships provided will support a historically underrepresented group in Togo and promote trade and sustainable business practices with export opportunities to American markets.

For more details on AEIF 2022, visit:  https://alumni.state.gov/aeif