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US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program

US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program

The FY 2014 competition for the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program is now open. 

This program provides grants up to $100,000 to support unique projects centered on Russian-American, peer-to-peer collaboration, including an exchange of best practices on a topic of mutual interest.  The purpose of the program is to foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians.  Both American and Russian non-commercial organizations and academic institutions (both Public and Private) are eligible to apply.  Statements of Interest are available to download here or through and must be submitted to by Wednesday, March 12, 2014

To help foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians, the State Department launched the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, which provides grants of up to $100,000 to support collaboration, including meetings, virtual interactions, exchanges, and internships, between American and Russian organizations.   Applications from any kind of non-commercial, non-governmental organization will be welcome, including student associations, academic collaborators, and civil society organizations. American or Russian organizations are eligible to participate in this program and but must clearly demonstrate in their proposal collaboration with a peer organization in the other country. Projects must be non-political in nature and focus on Russian-American peer-to-peer dialogue or people-to-people engagement on themes of mutual interest.  Applicants are encouraged to incorporate innovative ways to foster interaction including the use of social media, video conferencing, short-term academic exchanges, and internships. Successful projects should include an outcome or product that enhances greater interaction and understanding between our two societies. 

2013 Approved Peer-to-Peer Projects

US-Russia Media Dialogue: Shaping the Public Debate

American Council of Young Political Leaders / the Youth Public Chamber

The project will connect journalists in both countries to positively influence public discourse and debate on the role of journalism in contemporary society. The project will include a survey of the American media landscape, professional shadowing, and a new media conference. These activities will support the sharing of best practices between ten Russian media professionals, bloggers, and citizen journalists, and their American counterparts.

Connect at the Roots: Russian-American Educators' Exchange

American Friends of Russian Folklore / Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences

The project will involve a series of trips to Russia for American high school teachers from rural school districts to increase mutual knowledge of both countries’ traditions.  These trips will focus on folk art and music, culture, holidays, and folk narratives as a means of facilitating dialogue between U.S. and Russian rural school teachers.

Boosting Investment Flows through Anti-Corruption Compliance

Center for International Private Enterprise / Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry                           

The project will create a sustainable dialogue on corporate compliance procedures between multi-national corporations and mid-sized enterprises. It will encourage US-Russia investment flows by addressing anti-corruption compliance through a seven-day compliance study tour for six lawyers from the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the creation of compliance-themed web pages hosted by six Russian regional chambers.

Influence of POPs and Endocrine Disruptors on Health

Chapaevsk Medical Association / Harvard School of Public Health                                             

The purpose of this project is the exchange of knowledge and best practices between Harvard School of Public Health and Russian state, academic and non-governmental organizations working in the area of exposure to harmful chemicals, including persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other endocrine disruptors on human health. Program activities will include exchange visit of four Russian scientific leaders in environmental health to Harvard and the development of a web-site with materials in Russian, which will serve as a platform for the further exchange of scientific knowledge.

Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University & John Carroll University Cooperative Exchange

Council of International Programs, USA / Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University                                 

This project will give professors of foreign languages the opportunity to share best practices, ideas, and tools to help their students excel in language acquisition. Program activities will include faculty exchanges, web seminars, roundtable discussions, collaboration in curriculum and syllabus development, an open exchange of teaching resources, and one-on-one student online video exchanges.

Media-Enabled Ambassadors

Downtown Community Television Center, Inc. / Journalism Advancement and Support Center               

Russian and American filmmaking teams composed of citizens with disabilities and professional journalists will explore the lives of disabled citizens and challenges faced by journalists who want to tell the stories of disadvantaged people. The teams will work together to make short documentaries about disability-related issues, which will be broadcast by partner TV stations in both countries.

Charm Alarm: a Cross-cultural US-Russia Collaborative Approach to Preventing Trafficking of Women and Girls Using Technology

Fair Girls, Inc. / Safe House Foundation

The project will bring together local Russian and US NGOs, direct service organizations, law enforcement and first-line responders, schools, technology experts, and university students to implement a model for preventing the trafficking of young women and girls via online tools. Program activities will include adapting an American online resource on how to stay safe for Russian youth and conduct an exchange program for students and direct service professionals.

Students’ Joint Business Projects for Economic Development

Global Initiatives / Junior Achievement Russia; Miami-Dade Public School District             

Russian schools will be matched with schools in the Miami-Dade Public School district. Students will learn basic business concepts and form joint US-Russia teams to develop small tourism-related businesses for their respective cities. Experienced business leaders from major global travel and tourism companies will provide webinars, talks on relevant topics, and face-to-face mentoring. 

Green Building U.S.-Russian Peer-to-Peer Dialogue

Green Building Alliance / Green Development Forum                                    

The project will encourage ongoing dialogue between US and Russian professionals on the topic of green building and sustainable construction. This dialogue will encourage the exchange of knowledge, best practices and experience  in the design, construction, operation and maintenance, and financing of healthy and high performing places, resulting in the creation of direct personal relationships between U.S. and Russian citizens and companies.

Challenge Our Bias: Midwest-Russian Alliance on Dialogue & Education

Hawkeye Community College / Kazan Federal University

This project will provide students with opportunities to develop long‐lasting peer relationships and immersion in a foreign environment. The project will include an innovative course for participating students that will include video and audio conferences, social media interactions, and an intensive short-term academic exchange.

A Counterpart Exchange: NGO Leaders Learn by Example

Henry M Jackson Foundation / Agency for Social Information

The goal of the project is to build relationships between Russian and American NGO leaders to ensure that it draws from the best practices and innovative strategies in each country. The project activities will include a study tour for Russian NGO leaders to interact with their counterparts in the U.S., as well as an online resource that showcases examples of communication strategies.

US-Russia Collaboration for Realizing the Vision of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Institute for Human Centered Design / Perspektiva     

The project will focus on accessibility, universal design and the role of users on issues relevant to the shared commitment of the US and Russia to implement the UN’s Convention on the Rights Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The project will focus on four areas: public transit and para-transit, architectural education about accessibility and universal design, inclusive schools focused on renovation of existing building and technology, inclusive culture, with an emphasis on museums.

Common Earth, Common History            

Izborsk State Museum / Colonial Williamsburg                

The project will develop collaboration between two museums, aimed at sharing of knowledge and approaches of how to manage open-air museums. Program activities will include three visits of American museum professionals to Izborsk State Museum and one visit of Russian museum professionals to the US.

Campers-to-Campers Dialogue

Orlyonok. ART / International Talent Academy; Camp Boyhaven; Camp Chingachgook

To project will foster dialogue between Russian and American educators and share best practices in summer camp management. Program activities will include on-line training for Russian camp counselors; a workshop for camp counselors and participation in the International Summer Camp Fair; summer internships in the U.S. for Russian camp counselors and an internship at Russian Summer Camp “Orlyonok” for American camp counselors. 

Development of US-Russia Relations to Protect Salmon

Phoenix Fund / Monterey Bay Aquarium; Wild Salmon Center

The project will engage the local population in the work related to protecting salmon using the latest technologies. Program activities will include developing education materials for school children, developing methodological materials for teachers, arranging professional exchanges.

Cool School Lab

Rutgers University / Association of High School Teachers of Biology "Open Doors for Future Biologists and Doctors”

The project will introduce experimental biology classroom kits used in the U.S. to Russian schools and establish a long-term collaboration between biology teachers in both countries through trainings, lectures and master-classes.

Stanford U.S-Russia Forum: Expanding Russian and American undergraduate Collaborative Engagement in Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Science and Engineering

Stanford U.S-Russia Forum / New Dialogue Foundation

The project will develop a collaborative research project between young Russian and American undergraduate students in areas such as business and entrepreneurship, information technology, engineering, and medicine.  Activities will include two conferences in both Moscow and Stanford University.

Measuring the Psychosocial Well-being of Youth in Institutional Care

Regional NGO "Stellit" / Duke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR)

The project is intended to collect, share and disseminate information, knowledge, and best practices in the sphere of social support and heath programming for high-risk youth in institutional care.  This project will work with people in orphanages, shelters, juvenile detention center, etc. who need special support and attention.

Building up Tolerance: a Grassroots Approach to Strengthening the U.S.-Russian Dialogue by Fostering the Relationship between American and Russian NGOs

Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ)

The project will establish a dialogue between human rights NGOs to combat intolerance in the sphere of hate crimes, religious freedom, national tolerance, and various types of xenophobia. The project activities will include in-person and video conferences, exchange visits,website launching, and publishing and disseminating of the guidelines to address intolerance.

Survey of Russian Law Obstacles to Innovation in Russia

University of California at Berkeley / Higher School of Economics

The purpose of the project is to conduct and then disseminate the results of a survey of Russian entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, university academicians, and others involved in innovation, research and development, to learn perceptions of remaining obstacles and lack of incentives in the current Russian Federation legislation regulating innovation. 

Exchange of Best Practices on Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants

University of Connecticut / Green World

This project will focus on both American and Russian experiences with nuclear power plant decommissioning for the purpose of exchanging information of best practices.  Program activities will include creating an online course about decommissioning and creating two new collaborative films about decommissioning experiences in New England. 

Innovative Ways to Interactive Online Engineering: US-Russia Partnership for Research and Education in Energy Materials

University of Maryland, College Park / Moscow State Technical University of Radio-Engineering, Electronics, and Automation       

This project will launch a long-lasting research-education program on materials for renewable energy and establish a collaborative framework to enable organizational partnerships and personal contacts between US and Russian faculty and students through promoting e-learning, sharing best practices at workshops, and facilitating participant exchanges.