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Applied Research and Evaluation Innovation Fund: Round 1

Applied Research and Evaluation Innovation Fund: Round 1

Deadline: 21-Dec-20

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for applied research and evaluation projects that support the following goal: Build a portfolio of evidence to further identify democracy and human rights program strategies that are effective in order to improve program relevance and impact.

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Objectives

Projects should support the following objective: Promoting the use of sound evidence, and generating findings on what works, for whom, and why in democracy and human rights programming abroad.
Focal Areas

Human Rights Advocacy and Action;
Consolidating Democratic Change and Movements;
Countering Democratic Backsliding;
Partner-Led Locally-Owned Capacity Development;
Inclusion and Equity.
Funding Information

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Award Ceiling: $4, 50,000
Award Floor: $75000
Approaches / Activities

Applicants can propose any one of the following approaches in a concept note:

Documentation of program evidence. How advocates and local organizations successfully implemented approaches to improve democracy and human rights outcomes in a given situation. Evidence should not be limited to one project, but a synthesis of programmatic findings
Theories of change. Outlining theories of change, including relevant literature (e.g., peer-reviewed, academic, practitioner-generated); or
Applied research. Conducting applied or evaluative research to explore, understand, or predict outcomes. Evidence should not be limited to one project, but include a synthesis across projects.
Eligibility Information

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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.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329902

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