Megacity Security Conference

The summary for the Megacity Security Conference grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the US Mission to India, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Megacity Security Conference: One of the goals for the U.S. Mission to India is enhancing security and law enforcement cooperation between the United States and India. During Prime Minister Modi’s September 2014 visit to the United States, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi released a joint statement in which the leaders stated their intention to expand cooperation to bolster national, regional, and global security. They expressed deep concern over the continued threat posed by terrorism, most recently highlighted by the dangers presented by the ISIL, and underlined the need for continued comprehensive global efforts to combat and defeat terrorism. Both countries have suffered attacks from international and domestic terrorism. The Boston bombings, Mumbai attacks, mall attack in Nairobi, hostage situation in Sydney, and shooting in Ottawa demonstrate that large urban centers remain particularly vulnerable to security threats. For the United States, India, and other countries to protect their citizens, greater collaboration, planning, and strategy are required.

PAS Mumbai seeks a grantee to plan and implement a Megacity Security Conference to take place in September 2015 in Mumbai and invites proposals. At the end of the conference, the grantee will produce a “white paper” of recommendations for megacity security that can guide policymakers and possibly be available to the public.

Topics for the conference could include, but are not limited to, homeland security, counterterrorism, safety and security of critical infrastructure and industries, technology and security, modernization of law enforcement agencies, national security policy, interoperability between multiple government agencies, cooperation between law enforcement and communities/civil society, public safety, media and security, and international security cooperation.

A competitive proposal will bring together experts from around the world who are acknowledged leaders in their respective fields and contribute to domestic or international discourse on security and/or counterterrorism issues. The conference should include experts from the United States, India, and other countries facing the challenges of providing security in megacities. Suggestions include, but are not limited to, New York, Washington DC, Tokyo, Manila, Jakarta, Dhaka, Madrid, Paris, and London. The final list of experts will be approved by the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Public Affairs Section.

The conference’s target audience should include Indian law enforcement agencies such as the Police, Terror Response Force, Intelligence Bureau, Crime Branch, Emergency Response Cells; lawyers; U.S. and Indian policymakers; think tanks; academics; the diplomatic community; business leaders; and media.

A core objective of this program is to strengthen networks between U.S. and Indian foreign policy experts. The grantee will be required to identify and work with a U.S. or Indian co-partner—policy organization, think tank, academic institution, or trade body—to develop and execute the conference. The final selection of partner(s) will be approved by the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Public Affairs Section.

The grantee will develop the conference agenda, invite and ensure participation of international and local experts, and manage all logistics related to conference events. The implementation strategy, media releases, promotional materials, and white paper will be developed by the grantee and approved by the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Public Affairs Section.

The project should include a robust media plan, including traditional and new media. The project should be amplified across the grantees’ social media platforms in collaboration with U.S. Consulate General Mumbai. (Please refer full announcement for more details).
Federal Grant Title: Megacity Security Conference
Federal Agency Name: US Mission to India
Grant Categories: Education
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: MRFP15-02
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 19.040
CFDA Descriptions: Public Diplomacy Programs
Current Application Deadline: Feb 20, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Feb 20, 2015
Posted Date: Jan 20, 2015
Creation Date: Jan 20, 2015
Archive Date: Mar 22, 2015
Total Program Funding: $175,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $175,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $125,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Link to Full Grant Announcement
US Consulate General Mumbai
Grant Announcement Contact
Public Affairs Section U.S. Consulate General Mumbai
Applications Manager

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