One of the most overlooked obstacles facing aspiring women professionals in East India is the absence of a support system. Family and societal pressures often derail career ambitions and female students do not enter the workforce after university. This problem is especially acute for female students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Women comprise only 14 percent of the STEM workforce in India, which is one of the largest producers of STEM graduates in the world. Young women are opting for careers in these fields, but very few are able to sustain them. In male-dominated fields such as STEM, it is important that women come together and support one another to achieve successful and fulfilling careers.
Program Goals: The goals of this funding opportunity are to:
- Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchange of information, experiences and expertise.
- Support women’s empowerment by creating awareness of the obstacles women face in the workplace, building confidence to encourage women to compete for leadership positions and providing a platform to young women to exchange ideas and create cross-cultural awareness on stereotypes associated with women in STEM.
- Promote studying in the U.S. to Indian women, especially in the STEM fields.
Women for Women: Supporting Each Other to Build Sustainable Careers
Objectives: To organize a series of weekly mentoring workshops for 20 women between the ages of 20-25 pursuing undergraduate studies in STEM fields in Kolkata.
1. Funding Type and Amount: Grant
- Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $19,000
- Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $21,000
- Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Individuals are not eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
- Cost sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.
- Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
- This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.
- U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata grants/cooperative agreements cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization, or illegal activities.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform and an active SAM registration (www.SAM.gov ). The U.S. Department of State will not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements by the time the Department is ready to make an award.
Applicants must ensure:
- All documents are in English
- All budgets are in U.S. dollars
- All pages are numbered
- All materials are submitted in .pdf format
- Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B are completed and submitted with the application. These forms are available at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.html.
Applicants submitting proposals over $100,000 must also submit Standard Form LLL (SF-LLL), Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. This form is available at: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SFLLL-V1.1.pdf
All application materials must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. If you are unable to submit your proposal on grants.gov, you may submit via email at ND_GrantApplications@state.gov before the deadline. The subject line should be as follows — Applicant Organization name – K-NOFO-18-102: Women for Women: Supporting Each Other to Build Sustainable Careers.