Request for Applications (RFA): Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) / Caribbean Region Climate Adaptation (CRCA) Partnership Initiative

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Date Issued: November 22, 2011
Deadline: February 22, 2012

Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with USAID and the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination at the U.S. Department of State, is issuing a request for applications for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)/Caribbean Region Climate Adaptation (CRCA) Partnership Initiative.

Higher Education for Development (HED) expects to make one (1) award of up to $770,500 for three (3) years for a higher education partnership between one U.S. institution and the University of the West Indies/Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (UWI/CERMES). This partnership will build additional permanent, local capacity in the area of climate adaptation at UWI/CERMES. The partnership will focus on research and policy and will result in tangible products such as expanded research, outreach to policy makers, short-course development for academic, public and private sector audiences and strategic planning to secure long-term funding. It is expected that during the next three years UWI/CERMES will be internationally recognized as a Caribbean center of excellence in climate adaptation research and data collection and that this partnership initiative will help UWI/CERMES down that path. Through its academic offerings, expanded research, and graduate level degree programs and continuing education offerings for professionals, UWI/CERMES will lead the way for the region in utilizing the latest data collection and analysis techniques to inform policy and address the many climate adaptation challenges facing the Caribbean region.

Online Information Session: HED is organizing an online information session on December 12, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST with representatives from the United States Agency for International Development Barbados, U. S. Department of State and UWI/CERMES. Interested applicants will have an opportunity to submit questions concerning this RFA during the online information session, but are strongly encouraged to send questions in advance to Brooks Marmon at

Please visit the HED website for the complete RFA.