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[liberationtech] Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement | Office Of Research Support

Steve Schultze sjschultze at
Wed Jun 4 17:06:53 PDT 2014

Whoah, what happened here? Some bot seems to have mangled a bunch of Duke
language into the announcement that Betsy posted. Anybody who is interested
should look at her post. Or am I missing something?
On Jun 4, 2014 7:00 PM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at> wrote:

> The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces the
> availability of funding for programs that support Internet freedom.
> DRL’s goal is to promote fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the
> free flow of information online through integrated support for
> anti-censorship and secure communications technology, advocacy,
> digital safety, and research. DRL invites organizations interested in
> potential funding to submit statements of interest (SOI) outlining
> program concepts that reflect this goal.
> An organization may submit no more than two (2) SOIs per submission
> deadline of no more than three (3) pages each. SOIs that do not meet
> the requirements of the announcement may not be considered.
> Submission deadlines: SOI submissions will be reviewed on at least a
> semi-annual basis according to the following deadlines:
> Duke Internal Deadline:  June 9, 2014
> Sponsor Application Deadline:  July 1, 2014
> December 5, 2014
> SOIs must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm (17:00) GMT-5 on the above
> dates.
> The official announcement and description of this award may be found
> on the funding agency's website:
> Statements of interest must address one or more of the following program
> themes:
> 1) Technology Expanding Open and Uncensored Access to Information and
> Communications: Development and support of web and mobile
> anti-censorship technologies that expand open access to information
> and communications.
> 2) Secure Communication Technology: Development and support of web and
> mobile technologies that enhance the privacy and security of digital
> communications.
> 3) Digital Safety: Delivery of support, training and information that
> contributes to greater digital safety for users in Internet repressive
> societies and/or at-risk populations.
> 4) Policy and Advocacy: National, regional, and/or international
> policy and advocacy efforts that aim to mitigate negative trends
> toward Internet repression and to promote Internet freedom at a
> structural level.
> 5) Research and Evaluation: Efforts should emphasize applied research
> that can inform and benefit Internet freedom efforts globally.
> Research should address technological and political developments
> affecting Internet freedom.
> Eligibility: Faculty.
> Award Amount: $2,500,000
> Estimated Floor of Individual Award Amounts: $500,000
> Estimated Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: $2,500,000
> We anticipate that approximately $18 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.
> Internal Nomination Process: Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the
> number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing
> to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF
> via the upload feature on the ORS website.
> *  Completed SOI (maximum 3 pages as described in the RFP)
> *  CV ( NIH or NSF Biosketch is acceptable)
> *  Letter of support from Dean or Chair
> SOIs must include:
> 1) Brief description of the organization, including the organization’s
> mission statement and previous work in the area of Internet freedom,
> particularly in acutely hostile Internet environments. Due to page
> limitations, a general organizational history is not recommended.
> Information should clearly demonstrate an institution’s record and
> capacity and may include previous grant management experience, whether
> funded through private or United States Government resources.
> 2) Description of how the project is innovative, sustainable,
> generates positive, lasting impact, and does not duplicatecurrent
> efforts. See “Additional Information” below.
> 3) Project description, including estimated project duration and
> objectives. Outputs and outcomes should also be provided. Outputs and
> outcomes should clearly link to project objectives and include target
> benchmarks. Please include the program area(s) and element(s) to be
> addressed. For more information on program design, please see DRL’s
> Monitoring and Evaluation Primer
> (
> 4) Brief statement on the methodology to be used in the project evaluation.
> 5) An estimated total budget figure. The budget should include
> intended: Primarily Headquarters-Based Costs, Primarily Field-Based
> Costs, Indirect Costs, and Cost-Share. For more information on DRL
> budget standards, please see DRL’s Proposal Submission Instructions
> “Budget Guidelines” section
> ( Please note that
> while a detailed budget is not requested at this time, organizations
> invited to submit full proposals must not exceed the estimated SOI
> budget figure unless advised otherwise.
> To Submit Internal Materials: The above materials should be compiled
> (in the order listed above) into one PDF file. Go to Institutionally
> Limited Nominations/Current Open Competitions:
>, select the
> appropriate competition and click the Applicant button. Follow the
> instructions to create a profile; return to the funding opportunity;
> click the Applicant Button on the Opportunities page and then upload
> your file. Please remember to click Submit after you upload.
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