Solicited Grant Program

To provide support for education and training, research, and public information on international peace and conflict resolution and on themes and topics identified by the institute.

Examples of Funded Projects

1.

A grant to gain a comprehensive understanding of the growing tensions between the majority Muslim and minority Christian communities in Mangochi District in southern Malawi.

2.

A grant to examine and evaluate the outreach and legacy programs of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

3.

A project to build conflict resolution capacity at the grassroots level and to create awareness among people of their rights and responsibilities under the new political order in Sudan.

4.

A project to promote understanding of the new constitution in Liberia.

The project will produce two publications: an annotated compilation of the records of the proceedings that gave rise to the Liberian constitution and an analytical commentary on the constitution's meaning for use by lawyers, judges, law professors and government officials.


Agency - United States Institute Of Peace

Office - Solicited Grant Program, United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3006.

Telephone: (202) 429-3842.

E-mail: grants@usip.org.
Website Address

http://www.usip.org



Program Accomplishments

The Solicited Grant Program has made more than 424 awards. Grantees have produced more than 79 books, 174 articles and 114 unpublished monographs and manuscripts.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Starting in October 2006, the Grant program launches its new Solicited Grant Initiative with the following elements: Funding for conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict peacebuilding in Colombia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sudan.

Funding for projects relating to Iran.

Priority will be given to initiatives focusing on Iranian relations with the West and with its neighbors in the region, and on Iran's role in regional and international affairs.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For, Colombia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan, preference will be given to applications submitted by non-profit organizations based in those countries or to groups that partner with them.

For Iran and the countries above, applicantions maybe submitted by nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and individuals.

Grantees may be U.S.

citizens and U.S.

nonprofit or public institution or foreign nationals and foreign nonprofit institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and individuals. Grantees may be U.S. citizens, nonprofit organizations and public institutions, or foreign nationals and foreign nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation

Resume/curriculum vitae.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

All applicants must submit their project on an official application form (last revised February 2004), with accompanying documentation as described therein.

Award Procedures

Proposals submitted to the Solicited Grant Initiative will first be discussed with, and reviewed by, Grant program staff. In the event of a successful review, applications will be forwarded for further review to experts outside of USIP. During the review process, staff may contact applicants to request further information. Final approval of funded projects will be contingent upon further review and approval by USIP's executive officers and Board of Directors. For previous grantees, evaluations of their earlier grants will be conducted before final decisions will be made.

Deadlines

The countries listed under no. 70 are expected to be the focus of this solicited initiative for at least one year from October 1, 2006. Applicants may apply at any time throughout the year. Awards will be announced throughout the year.

Authorization

United States Institute of Peace Act; Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1985, Title XVII, Public Law 98-525, 98 Stat. 2492, 2649, 22 U.S.C. 4601, Section 1701.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 6 months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Grantees may submit an application for renewed funding after all requirements on the previous grant are fulfilled. Renewed funding requests will be submitted to the Board of Directors for review. Grantees may request an extension of an ongoing project by submitting a letter to the Director of the Grant Program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are typically one year in duration, however, short and long-term undertakings are also appropriate. Funds are released according to the schedule negotiated between USIP and the grantee. All funds must be spent or obligated within the established grant period.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Interim financial and performance reports are submitted according to the schedule negotiated between USIP and the grantee.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the end of the grant period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," non federal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Financial records, supporting documentation, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the grant shall be retained by the grantee for 3 years following the submission of the final report of project expenditures.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-1300-0-1-153.

Obigations

FY 07 $2,500,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award in the Solicited Grant Program is $40,000, although somewhat larger grants are also awarded. The actual amount of any grant is based on the proposed budget and subsequent negotiations with successful applicants.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register No. 3155-01.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Solicited Grant Program, United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3006. Telephone: (202) 429-3842. E-mail: grants@usip.org.

Headquarters Office

Office of Public Affairs, United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3006.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In evaluating grant applications, central concerns will include: 1) the significance of the project to the subject areas of special interest of the solicitation; 2) evidence that the project will not simply duplicate existing knowledge or programs; 3) the likelihood that the project will make a significant contribution to the field in scholarship and knowledge; 4) the usefulness of the proposed product in fulfilling the Institute's mandate. The Institute is particularly interested in proposals that envision a specific product of enduring value.



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