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FY 2011 Funding Opportunity Announcement for projects involving research, assessment, or formative evaluation that could inform and strengthen PRM-funded humanitarian programs worldwide


Funding Opportunity Announcement
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
March 10, 2011

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Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-PRP-11-CA-03102011

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.522 - Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Protection Priorities

Announcement issuance date: Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Proposal submission deadline: Friday, April 15, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

ADVISORY: Grants.gov is expected to experience continued high volume of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address difficulties that may arise due to system delays.

Proposed Program Start Dates: July - August 2011

Duration of Activity: No more than 12 months.

Current Funding Priorities: PRM will prioritize funding for projects involving research, assessment, or formative evaluation that could inform and strengthen PRM policy and programming for:

  • Urban refugees/urban displacement:
    • Good practices in development of social networks and support systems among urban refugees, with an emphasis on increasing access to existing services in urban areas.
    • Good practices in mapping of existing services for refugees in urban environments and in the development of referral and coordination networks among NGOs and service providers, with a particular emphasis on livelihood and micro-finance programs.
    • Refugee case management models and approaches in urban areas.
    • Good practices for working with refugee youth in urban areas, including increasing access to existing youth programs, services, and educational opportunities in urban areas.
    • Investigation of protection issues and appropriate legal/programmatic responses for vulnerable refugees in urban areas. [Note: PRM considers LGBT refugees, female- and/or child-headed households, unaccompanied or separated minors, the disabled, elderly, and commercial sex workers among the most vulnerable populations in urban areas.]
  • Stateless persons:
    • Gender discrimination in nationality laws and its relationship to statelessness, particularly identification and/or scope of stateless populations that result from gender discriminatory nationality laws;
    • Impact of statelessness due to gender discriminatory nationality laws on residence status, family unity, child protection, access to basic education and health care, and/or protection against gender-based violence and exploitation;
    • Reduction of statelessness as a result of reforms which introduce equal rights for women to confer nationality on their children;
    • Good practices in the protection of stateless children, particularly regarding provision of civil registration documentation, access to education and healthcare (including immunizations), prevention of exploitation (including labor exploitation, trafficking in persons) and gender-based violence;
    • Application in practice of safeguards in nationality laws against statelessness among children.

(a) PRM will accept proposals that include multiple countries/populations/regions and include analysis across different cases. PRM will also accept proposals that are country- or population-specific; however, these projects should aim to draw general conclusions that can be applied beyond the specific country or population. PRM’s current regions of interest include (but are not limited to) the South America, North, West, and Central Africa, the Persian Gulf (for statelessness only), South and Central Asia, and the Caucasus. PRM will prioritize funding for proposals that aim to produce practical policy or programmatic recommendations that are applicable to more than just one specific population or country.

(b) All final reports should include tools, data, findings, and actionable recommendations for policy and program implementation.

(c) All proposals must include a strategy for how the findings, recommendations, guidance, reports, and/or tools from the research project will be disseminated to relevant operational partners and the public.

(d) All proposals should clearly demonstrate how the proposed research builds on previous bodies of work and advances the knowledge base on global humanitarian policies and programs.

(e) PRM will accept proposals from non-governmental organizations, including universities and research institutes, proposing to work in the above mentioned areas. To ensure that research findings inform policy and programs, PRM encourages academic institutions seeking funding to identify operational partners to formulate and conduct the research and to inform programmatic recommendations. Given budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of UNHCR operations and findings from previous UNHCR research and evaluations.
  • Collaboration with UNHCR or other PRM-funded implementing partners and coordination with UNHCR on major policy and program initiatives.
  • A proven track record in conducting such research in the past, with a focus on the research and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs and policies for refugees, stateless persons and prevention of statelessness, vulnerable migrants, and/or conflict victims.
  • Evidence of subject-matter expertise and familiarity with current and past research and activities in the proposed area.
  • Evidence of coordination with donor governments, other policy and research institutes, international organizations (IOs), and other organizations working on research and/or activities in the proposed area
  • A concrete data collection and implementation plan, project objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, and well-conceived linkages between research findings and recommendations for PRM metrics, policy, and/or programs
  • A budget that is appropriate for meeting the proposal’s objectives.

Funding Limits: PRM will consider project proposals submitted with budgets up to $250,000. PRM anticipates the total amount available for programming under this announcement may be up to $1 million. As of the release of this RFP, the U.S. Government is operating under a Continuing Resolution. As such, all decisions regarding these projects are subject to the availability of funds.

As stated in the PRM General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance, PRM looks favorably on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization.

Proposal Submission Requirements:

See “How to Apply” (http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying) on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights:

  • Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should register well in advance of the May 28 deadline, as it can take up to two weeks to finalize registration (sometimes longer for non-U.S. based organizations to get the required registration numbers). To register with Grants.gov, organizations must first receive a DUNS number and register with the Central Contract Registry (CCR) which can take weeks and sometimes months. See “Applicant FAQs” section on Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/help/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying) for complete details on registering.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Applicants who have done so in the past and experienced technical difficulties were not able to meet the deadline. Please note: Grants.gov is expected to experience continued high volumes of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to avoid submission delays. We recommend that organizations, particularly first-time applicants, submit applications via Grants.gov no later than one week before the deadline to avoid last-minute technical difficulties that could result in an application not being considered.
  • If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at support@grants.gov or by calling 1-800-518-4726. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and who have reported the problem(s) to the Grants.gov help desk and received a case number and had a service request opened to research the problem(s), should contact PRM Program Officer Fruzsina Csaszar at 202-453-9228 or CsaszarFA@state.gov to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.
  • Applications must be submitted under the authority of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) at the applicant organization. Having proposals submitted by agency headquarters helps to avoid possible technical problems.
  • Organizations that have not received PRM funding prior to the U.S. Government fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 must be prepared to demonstrate that they meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government by submitting copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit, 2) non-profit tax status under IRS 501 (c)(3), 3) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and 4) an Employer ID (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification number.
     

Proposal Content, Formatting and Template:

Because this call for proposals is open to a variety of projects to strengthen evidence-based decision making, conduct assessments, and conduct research relevant to PRM-funded humanitarian programs worldwide, proposals may differ in scope and content. Thus, there is no recommended proposal template for this funding opportunity announcement.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE PRM’s FY 2010 NGO GUIDELINES:

This announcement is designed to accompany the PRM General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance, which contain additional administrative information and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the PRM General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance and this announcement to ensure that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities and that your proposal submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements.

  • Proposals should outline how the organization will acknowledge PRM funding. If an organization believes that publicly acknowledging the receipt of USG funding for a particular PRM-funded project could potentially endanger the lives of the beneficiaries and/or the organization staff, invite suspicion about the organization's motives, or alienate the organization from the population it is trying to help, it must provide a brief explanation in its proposal as to why it should be exempted from this requirement.
  • Budget must include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization (where applicable).

Reports and Reporting Requirements:

Program reporting: PRM requires quarterly and final program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement.

Financial Reports: Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement; a final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.

For more details regarding PRM’s reporting requirements please see PRM General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance

Proposal Review Process:

PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel will evaluate submissions based on the criteria referenced above and on PRM priorities in the context of available funding.

In order to provide organizations with timely feedback, PRM will inform applicants of the panel’s decision to recommend or not recommend funding proposed activities, and may request revised proposals and/or budgets based on feedback from the panel. PRM will follow up with formal notifications to organizations of final decisions taken by Bureau management.

PRM Point of Contact:

Should applicants have technical questions related to this announcement, they should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to proposal submission. (Note: Responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.):

Fruzsina Csaszar at CsaszarFA@state.gov or 202-453-9228.



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