DRLA-DRLAQM-13-032 – DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement for Internet Freedom Technology
Nomination per School: Two
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.
Internal Deadline: January 6, 2014
External Deadline: February 28, 2014
Award Information: Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Amount: We anticipate that approximately $8 million in Internet freedom funds will be available for use in this solicitation. Additional country and regional resources may be available to support Internet freedom efforts. DRL reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described, including estimated individual award floor and ceiling amounts, under such circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government. In practice, awards in excess of $1,500,000 are uncommon. SOIs that request more than the award ceiling or less than the award floor may be deemed technically ineligible.
Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). CV – (4 pages maximum)
Purpose: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces the availability of funding for programs that support Internet freedom under the “Governing Justly and Democratically” Foreign Assistance program objective. DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit statements of interest (SOI) outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will foster freedom of expression and the free flow of information on the Internet and other connection technologies around the world. This announcement does not constitute a formal Request for Proposals: DRL will invite select organizations that submit SOIs to expand on their ideas via full proposal separately.
This solicitation is focused only on aspects of Internet freedom programming related to technology development. Statements of Interest related to the digital safety, advocacy or research will be accepted through a separate solicitation. Please see this link for more information: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/c12302.htm
Activities that are typically given serious consideration for funding include, but are by no means limited to:
- High-risk, high-reward technology development for original, not yet in use anti-censorship and secure communications tools, built on and suitable for a realistic threat model, including a clear path towards full development and initial pilot deployments, with eventual widespread deployment;
- Expansions of functionality, improvements in usability, or localization for existing, tested Internet freedom-advancing software tools, along with training and support efforts for use of such tools in environments with significant Internet surveillance and/or repression;
- Comprehensive solutions incorporating and merging new, modified, and existing technologies to address specific unsolved or under-solved real-world Internet freedom challenges, where project activity includes partnerships with civil society organizations in the field along with customizations and packaging to target precise, local needs.