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U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement

Deadline: 8 February 2019.

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) of the United States Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that support Internet Freedom.

In support of the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace, DRL’s goal is to protect the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet by promoting fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support to civil society for technology, digital safety, policy and advocacy, and applied research programs.

DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit SOI applications outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

SOIs that request less than $500,000 or more than $3,000,000 may be deemed technically ineligible.

Organizations submitting SOIs must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; or
  • Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; or
  • Be a for-profit organization or business (noting there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits under grants and cooperative agreements, including those outlined in 48 CFR 30, “Cost Accounting Standards Administration”, and 48 CFR 31, “Contract Cost Principles and Procedures”); and
  • Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and
  • Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined SOI. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners.

Technically eligible SOIs are those which:

  1. Arrive electronically via SAMS Domestic or Grants.gov by 11:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 14, 2018 and Friday, February 8, 2019 under the announcement titled “FY 2018 DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement,” funding opportunity number “SFOP0005428”;
  2. Are in English;
  3. Heed all instructions and do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and the PSI for Statements of Interest.

An organization may submit no more than two (2) SOIs per deadline.

Next deadline: 8 February 2019, 11:30 pm ET (23:30 Colombian time)

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[Boletín SIUN 421, 20/21 de diciembre de 2018]

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