The U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) for programs that support the policy objective to support Internet Freedom.
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.
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1. Applicant organizations must:
a) 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;
b) 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
c) 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.
2. Statements of Interest (SOIs) focused globally or focused on any region will be considered.
3. Applications should prioritize work in Internet-repressive environments.
4. SOIs regarding technology development should have clear regional human rights use-cases and deployment strategies for the target region(s).
5. SOIs focused on digital safety, advocacy, and research should also have region- or population-specific goals and priorities that are informed by clear field knowledge and expertise.
• Digital Safety;
• Policy and Advocacy;
• Applied Research.
SOIs can request more than USD$500,000 and less than USD$3,000,000.
Closing Date for Applications: November 15, 2021.
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