DOS Arctic Indigenous Exchange Program

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

This new initiative will bring together approximately 50 Indigenous leaders, including business development professionals, government officials, and entrepreneurs from Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland), and the United States (Alaska), for a multi-phase exchange program to explore areas of regional cooperation across the Arctic. The goal of this program is to strengthen people-to-people relationships, advance cooperation, and foster greater commercial and cultural ties between Arctic Indigenous populations in the United States, Canada, and Greenland across topics of relevance to the Arctic region such as, but not limited to:  sustainable economic development, increased trade and investments, climate change and the environment, security and defense, and health and well-being. The themes of the projects will help advance U.S. foreign policy priorities in these areas.  

The AIEP supports the following broad goals:

  1. Promote mutual understanding and lasting partnerships between emerging and midlevel Arctic Indigenous leaders from Canada, Greenland, and the United States;
  2. Provide opportunities for foreign and U.S. emerging leaders to collaborate and share ideas, approaches, and strategies regarding pressing challenges;
  3. Foster greater commercial and cultural ties between the Arctic indigenous communities in Greenland, Canada, and the United States and;
  4. Create a network of Arctic Indigenous leaders committed to sound business practices, ethical management, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

Refer to the full solicitation for complete details around “Recipient Responsibilities.”


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 15, 2024

Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2024

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Please describe the capacity to design and implement projects, programs, and international exchanges aligning with the solicitation’s objectives and “Recipient Responsibilities.” Highlight any prior experience working with Arctic Indigenous communities, including Alaska Native communities.
  • PI Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

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Organizations must demonstrate at least four years of experience in conducting international exchanges to be eligible for awards.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization.

Award Information

Award Amount: $1.5M

Award Duration: 36 months beginning around September 15, 2024

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Review Criteria

See the solicitation for full details.