Appropriations within the State and Foreign Operations bill provide essential funding to develop strong U.S. university and developing country university partnerships. Further, appropriations that support USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Labs help tackle some of the world’s most challenging agriculture problems. The current 21 Feed the Future Food Security Innovation Labs involve more than 70 U.S. universities throughout the nation and solve critical agricultural problems that impact food security and poverty through research conducted collaboratively between U.S. and developing country students and scientists. The program also promotes a path to self-reliance and resilience by strengthening the capacity of developing country research institutions and scientists. APLU also supports additional funding for the U.S. Department of State’s study abroad initiatives–Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, and the Increase and Diversity Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) program–aimed at providing opportunities for underserved and diverse student populations, equipping students with the necessary tools required for critical second language acquisitions, and expanding study abroad initiatives across the United States. Additionally, APLU supports EducationUSA, a Department of State network of over 430 international student advising center across the globe that promote the value of U.S. higher education to advance U.S. economic and diplomatic interests.
APLU’s FY2024 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Advocacy Document provides additional context regarding our key priorities for international university collaborations and food security research, as well as justifications to support our funding request levels.
Additional FY2024 Resources:
- President’s FY2024 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Overview and Budget Summary
Member of Congress Dear Colleague Letters Supporting APLU Priorities:
- U.S. Representatives Kat Cammack (R-FL) and Ami Bera (D-CA) FY2024 International Agricultural Research and Development allocation
- U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) FY2024 Increase and Diversity Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program allocation
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