Applications Now Open in Unprecedented Opportunity to Collaborate and Push the Innovation Bar
We are proud to announce the Higher Education Solutions Network Request for Applications (RFA), which invites higher education institutions to compete to join USAID as new strategic, long-term partners to have a greater impact on development through creative partnerships. From USAID’s start 50 years ago, partnering with universities and research organizations has been part of the Agency’s vision. Over the years we have worked with partners on sector-specific projects, but today we are pursuing an unprecedented relationship with academic institutions as part of our effort to open the field to a broader range of actors and leverage the assets available through science and technology. USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network program aims to engage students and faculty and catalyze the enthusiasm on campuses for international development, making it easier to turn advocacy and ideas on campus into action and results in the field.
We are launching the Higher Education Solutions Network in order to reconnect over the long-term with universities and academic institutions for three reasons:
- We aim to leverage their research assets to provide evidence and analysis that can feed into USAID policy
- We want to test and scale new models for development which includes developing and creating new technologies.
- We aim to foster an ecosystem where multi-disciplinary approaches are promoted.
We’d like to work with universities and higher education institutions to understand how students can be empowered to shift from saying, “What’s your major?” to “What’s the problem you want to solve?”