FY 2021 Business and International Education Program: Competition Announced!

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July 2021

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Apply Now to the Fiscal Year 2021 Title VI Business and International Education Program!

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Competition Now Open! Deadline to Apply: Aug. 13, 2021

Did you know there is a Department of Education grant that provides institutions of higher education funding to collaborate with trade associations and businesses?


The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Title VI Business and International Education (BIE) Program competition.


The BIE program provides grants to institutions of higher education that enter into an agreement with a trade association to improve the academic teaching of the business curriculum and to conduct outreach activities that will assist the local business community to compete in the global arena. The purpose of the program is to meet the nation's security and economic needs through the development of a national capacity in foreign languages and area and international business studies.


IFLE expects to make 20 new awards, totaling approximately $1.7 million, under the FY 2021 BIE competition. The application is now available at www.grants.gov. The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 13, 2021.


Please refer to the official Federal Register notice for detailed information about the FY 2021 competition.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar: Stream on YouTube


IFLE will provide a technical assistance webinar to help institutions and nonprofit education entities learn more about the FY 2021 BIE program and the application process. The webinar will provide guidance about the competition priorities, allowable budget costs, impact and evaluation, and the Performance Measures Form, in addition to other application components. 


Stay tuned for details about how to watch the webinar by following us on Twitter and checking our website.


If you have questions about the program or application process, please email them to Tanyelle Richardson at tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov.

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Business and International Education Program: Past & Present

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The Business and International Education (BIE) program is a recently re-established program, which has been successfully leveraged by many institutions in the past to improve the teaching of business curricula and conduct outreach activities that expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities.


One example of a past project funded by the BIE grant is Hampton University’s (HU) International Business Initiative, which enhanced the international competitiveness of Virginia businesses by sharing university resources to provide training, research, and service support. HU and its partner organizations conducted outreach activities and outlined a strategy for outreach to Virginia area businesses with an emphasis on small, women, and minority-owned businesses (i.e., African American, Chinese, Japanese, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and Vietnamese) to help them acquire critical knowledge needed to increase their capacity in global commerce.


Another example of a past project is Ohlone Community College’s Greater Silicon Valley Service Export Initiative. With a BIE grant, Ohlone Community College (California) entered into partnerships with various government and nonprofit entities (CA ETEC, Silicon Valley CITD, Newark One-Stop Center, and Suzhou Industrial Park, China). Ohlone College's International Student Center, and its business and computer science departments, supported enhancement of the business community’s ability to compete successfully in the international marketplace, and aided its faculty’s ability to provide relevant training for each group in the partnership.


A third example of success is Oregon's Portland Community College (PCC), which utilized BIE funds for its International Business Education Initiative. This initiative has impacted students through the internationalization of the college’s introductory business course. By creating new online access to existing international business courses, the BIE project provided greater access for students and the local and statewide business communities. Various PCC stakeholders held international business forums to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and business-people to learn from speakers with direct international business experience.


With the BIE program up and running again, institutions can again take advantage of the opportunity to request funds to internationalize curricula and conduct outreach with local trade associations or businesses. The primary focus of eligible projects to be assisted with federal funds must be the enhancement of the international academic program/s of the institution. Within this requirement, however, applicant institutions have additional options to demonstrate how they propose to utilize BIE funds. Eligible activities include the following:

  • Promoting innovation and improvement of international education curricula
  • Informing the public about the increasing global economic interdependence
  • Internationalizing curricula at community colleges, undergraduate programs, and graduate schools of business
  • Developing area studies programs and interdisciplinary international programs
  • Establishing export education programs through cooperative arrangements with regional and world trade centers and councils
  • Creating internships overseas to enable U.S. students to develop their foreign language skills and understanding of a of foreign culture
  • Designing a summer program in international business, area studies, or other international studies designed to carry out the purposes of this program
  • Structuring outreach activities that effectively integrate information about growing programs to inform the public outreach, increasing international economic interdependence and the role of American business within the international economic system.

We encourage you to learn more about applying to for a BIE grant, and contact us with any questions.



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