Today, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jon Piechowski joined U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires John Creamer in Mexico City to announce new winners in the latest Innovation Fund grant competition.  The grant-winning teams in the first Mary Street Jenkins-sponsored Innovation Fund competition will support eight new partnerships between 16 higher education institutions in the United States and Mexico, providing exchange and training programs for students in both countries in the fields of social sciences, humanities, archaeology, anthropology, technology, and education.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the U.S. Department of State’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere region for leveraging commitments from public and private sectors, regional governments, and higher education networks to expand academic mobility, strengthen regional education cooperation, and enhance workforce development in the Americas.  Since January 2014, the Innovation Fund has awarded 211 grants to 385 teams from higher education institutions in 25 countries and 43 U.S. states.  Mexico is the leading country in this hemispheric-wide initiative.  To date, 19 Mexican states and 24 U.S. states benefit from Innovation Fund partnerships.

For more information about the winning partnerships, visit

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