Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor DRL Internet Freedom - Statement of Interest SOI
There will be two deadlines for submission of SOIs: November 9, 2020 and March 5, 2021.
An organization is limited to submitting no more than two SOIs per deadline. Organizations that submit applications to the first deadline may also submit applications to the second deadline, regardless of the outcome of their previous applications(s). (p. 7 of the PDF)
This Dept. of State DOS solicitation limits to 2 the number of Statement of Interest that may go forward for each deadline.
For the November 9 deadline, UIowa applicants are requested to please refer to the UI Limited Submissions guidelines at https://uiowa.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1825619
The submission of a SOI is the first step in a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise, 3-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for DRL to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, DRL will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.
SOIs must address one or more of the Internet Freedom Funding Themes:
Funding Theme #1: Technology: Uncensored and Secure Access to the Global Internet - Development of and support for desktop and mobile technologies that counter censorship and/or enable secure communications. These tools should be tailored to the needs of human rights defenders and the acute and diverse threats they face.
Funding Theme #2: Digital Safety – Support, training, and information resources that contribute to greater digital safety for users in Internet-repressive societies, including civil society, human rights defenders, journalists, and other vulnerable populations
Funding Theme #3: Policy and Advocacy – National, regional, and international policy and advocacy efforts that empower civil society to counter restrictive Internet laws and support policies to promote Internet freedom in countries where the government has adopted, or is considering adopting, laws or policies that restrict human rights online.