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Higher Education for Development:

As part of an Agency-wide emphasis on building partnerships in all sectors, USAID builds partnerships and alliances with U.S. and host country institutions to enhance USAID’s ability to foster quality education for diverse learners of all ages.  Many of the USAID’s education partnerships are administered through a cooperative agreement with Higher Education for Development.  HED facilitates access to the vast resources of the nation’s six major higher education associations, which represent more than 4,000 colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

View current HED Requests for Applications.

Food Security Programs:

Through Feed the Future, the U.S. government is addressing the root causes of poverty and undernutrition. Engagement of university administrators is paramount to developing the next generation of leaders who will help address the global challenge of food insecurity. The Feed the Future Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Program is driving a major new effort to train individuals and strengthen developing country public and private institutions in order to enable innovation across the agricultural sector. For more information about any of the following Feed the Future’s Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Initiative programs, please contact or visit


Additional information about collaborative research with universities can found here.


Minority Serving Institutions

USAID accomplishes its foreign and humanitarian assistance by enlisting the full range of America's public and private capabilities and resources. With a successful history of partnering with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), USAID has brought programmatic and development expertise and the rich experience of serving underrepresented minorities in the U.S. to international development activities.

The USAID MSI Program's mission is to facilitate an environment where MSIs become USAID partners by successfully competing for USAID awards and by engaging in U.S. foreign assistance activities.  For more information, call (202) 567-4730 or visit

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