Application Deadline: 31 January 2023
The Cacao for Peace Innovation Fund Grant Competition is designed to create and implement new student/faculty exchange and training programs in areas related to the cocoa value chain. Proposals must propose a research project focused on the cacao sector. The Innovation Fund intends to award up to eight grants of US$25 thousand. Higher education institutions in Colombia and the United States are eligible to apply.
Higher education institutions (HEIs) located and legally registered in the United States and
Colombia are eligible to apply for the 2022 Cacao for Peace Innovation Fund Grant Competition.
The Innovation Fund seeks the broadest diversity of institutions to compete for 100K grants to
create and implement new models of student academic exchange and training programs that will
have the greatest possibility of replication throughout the United States and rest of the Western
Hemisphere. Therefore, this grant competition seeks proposals from a diversity of HEIs, including
four-year degree-issuing institutions (public & private), colleges, community colleges,
technical/vocational schools, and other post-secondary institutions with credit-bearing programs.
Applying HEIs must show an established and/or growing capacity for advanced agricultural
Grant proposals must include a team of at least one higher education institution in the U.S.
and one higher education institution in Colombia. Grant proposals can involve new partnerships
or build on existing partnerships.
Preferred: Proposals that include one or more Historically Black College & University (HBCU),
Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Tribal College & University (TCU), or Community College in
the United States, will be found favorable during the evaluation process.
Proposals must demonstrate strong institutional support from all parties involved – as well as from
potential local partner organizations – and should focus on creating innovative, sustainable student
academic training and exchange programs among proposed partner institutions, with a focus on
applied agricultural research in the cacao sector.
Eight (8) grants of up to USD $25,000.
HEIs are invited to work together in teams to create and implement new student/faculty exchange and training programs in areas related to the cacao value chain, including production, processing, packaging, marketing, exporting, and other related areas. Proposals must propose, or be connected to, a research project focused on the cacao sector and describe how the project will enhance the capacity of students and faculty to perform advanced, applied agricultural research. Refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP), available in English & Spanish below, for more details.
Official Website: Expand Student Exchange & Training Opportunities