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APRIES Call for Proposals: Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum (PRIF)

APRIES Call for Proposals: Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum (PRIF)


Deadline: 4 March 2020

The African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity available through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) with the following two aims:

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To document the robustness of various methodological approaches in human trafficking prevalence research.
To identify and build the capacity of human trafficking teams in the design, testing, and dissemination of human trafficking prevalence data.
To achieve these aims, they are seeking strong research teams to apply at least two methods of estimating human trafficking prevalence in a selected hot spot and sector outside the United States.

The University of Georgia has been awarded funding from the US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) to implement an innovation conference and issue sub-awards for research on the prevalence of human trafficking. The African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES), a consortium of researchers from the University of Georgia (USA) and University of Liverpool (United Kingdom), is managing the grant.

The goal of this project is to build a global community of researcher-learners in the science of human trafficking prevalence estimation.

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Research Innovation Activities

The research innovation awards will be used for activities that achieve the two aims. Each team must test at least two methods of estimating human trafficking prevalence in a selected hot spot and sector in one of the eight regions. Priority will be given to teams with strong methodologists, data analysts, and in-country history and collaborations. They encourage the use of methodologies aimed at hard-to-reach populations.

Note: Prior to data collection, successful applicants will participate in an initial conference in Washington, D.C. on the methods of estimating human trafficking prevalence outside the United States.

The high impact activities include:

Innovation Conference 1: Successful applicants will send two members each for a kickoff conference/workshop in Washington, D.C. where harmonization of research studies will be the priority.
Field Testing of Research Methods & Data Analysis: successful applicants will complete baseline estimates on human trafficking prevalence data in selected hot spots and sectors. This phase, including data collection, analyses, and report writing will last about 18 months. Throughout this period, APRIES and HPMRG will be available to provide technical support to the research teams. Research teams will produce two reports that include prevalence findings and a report that documents the team’s research process.
Innovation Conference 2: At a final event hosted in a location to be determined, each of the funded teams will present the results of their research and share lessons learned and recommendations for moving forward.
Dissemination of Findings in an Academic Journal: APRIES will identify a high impact research methodology journal where research findings will be disseminated through the respective journal’s peer-review system. The findings will also be compiled in a book.
Funding Information

Funding: Individual awards will range from US $200,000-$450,000 total, including indirect costs, for the entire project period of 18 months. Applicants should use their organization’s off-campus NICRA rate for indirect costs. If their organization does not have an official NICRA, applicants should use a rate of 10%.
Project Period: Projects must start before June 2020 and end before December 31, 2021 with a total project period of 18 months.
Eligibility Criteria

Sample Proposals
Nonprofit organizations in or outside of the United States, including universities, other research organizations, NGOs, INGOs are eligible to apply. Government agencies and private entities are not eligible to apply.
Through this open and competitive process they are seeking strong research teams to complete community-based and rigorous research outside the US. Teams with no experience in human trafficking research but that have experience in researching other hard-to-reach populations outside the US are encouraged to apply and will be considered.
Universities, research think-tanks, NGOs, and INGOs with experience in anti-trafficking research and who can demonstrate capacity to manage US government (USG) funding in an ethical and prudent way are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will abide by the highest ethical standards in doing research and acquire the necessary IRB approval.
How to Apply

The following components must be included in all applications:

All application documents must be in English.
Please use Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman in no more than 12 pt and no less than 10 pt.
Proposals should be single-spaced and have 1- inch margins on all sides.
Failure to meet these requirements may result in disqualification.
For more information, visit https://apries.uga.edu/opportunities/

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