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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting’s (IWPR) Information Access Fund

PRC – Latin America Multi-Media Creation

Application Deadline: COB February 6, 2021

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is a full and open competition.


A.  Program Description

Through the Institute for War and Peace Reporting’s Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State, this full and open competition announcement invites organizations to submit a proposal for funding via a subaward agreement.

This subaward is focused on examining People’s Republic of China's (PRC) messaging on state and affiliated entities activities and engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean such as:

  • Tech-focused projects (e.g., telecommunications infrastructure, data centers);
  • Energy-focused infrastructure projects (e.g., electrical grids);
  • Technological cooperation (i.e., artificial intelligence and emergency communications);
  • Medical Assistance (i.e., specifically with regard to COVID-19)
  • Financial transactions (i.e., FDI flows, state-supported investment);
  • Transport infrastructure (i.e., road construction);
  • Utilities management systems (i.e., water management systems);
  • "Dual-use" complexes (i.e., ports); and
  • People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military engagements.

Organizations are not expected to focus on all of the issues listed above, but must incorporate COVID-19 issues in their proposals. Organizations will comprehensively find, collate, quantify (as needed), and analyze existing research on PRC engagements in the region and will illustrate the results while identifying areas where further work is needed. 

This project should result in a concise outline of current trends across these issues and the evolution of the PRC activities of the last decade in Latin America. Applying organizations will be able to collate existing research into comprehensive, visually compelling graphics that accurately depict trends over time and across the region.  The graphics will be readily available to the public and allow for audiences to interact with the data.  Organizations must have the ability to examine PRC messaging in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Mandarin and assess its statements against open-source analysis of PRC-affiliated state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and other state and non-state actors’ activities, engagement, and effects on the region.

The grantee’s work will build upon the existing analyses of the role of the PRC state, non-state and affiliated entities in the region and make assessments on overall trends.  The overall research will provide a comprehensive resource for policy-makers, civil society, and media and shall be communicated in visually compelling and digitally accessible formats. 

Budget: Estimated available funding is up to $300,000 for one award.

Proposals:  Should be no longer than seven pages in total.

  1. The first 5 pages of the proposal should outline the submitting organization’s background and expertise in this field, proposed research and study plan/treatment and duration, as well as ideas for public roll-out of the final products.  Proposals should include a budget and a budget narrative. Proposals can include the ways in which the research and findings might also be represented and repackaged through various social media platforms to improve their public reach and impact.  In this way, the research and findings will directly reach audiences without the need for intermediaries. Target audiences, such as civil society, journalists, and media should be specified. This section will constitute no more than five pages.
  2. In addition to the above section, proposals should include a theory of change as well as clear objectives, outcomes, outputs, and activities organized in a logical framework. This theory of change and logical framework section will constitute no more than two pages. The theory of change should be a brief if/then statement that describes the change and results the program is intending to achieve. Additionally, some forethought should be given to indicators that will measure the objectives, outcomes, and outputs. When indicators are developed, they should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

Length of Project Period

Up to nine months. Preference will be given to proposals that include a plan to provide quarterly updates/drafts of data gathered and analyzed to date.

Project Objectives

  1. Increase public access to factual information about PRC activity by identifying the range of engagements that the PRC, its SOEs, and other state-affiliated entities have had within Latin America and the Caribbean across multiple sectors and the impacts of such engagements.
  2. Improve reach of factual information about PRC activity in Latin America and the Caribbean by creating interactive virtual resources that allow public users to interact with the data and trends that this research identifies.

Project Outputs

Comprehensive analysis and interactive graphics based on activities by PRC state, non-state, and affiliated entities across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Required elements include:

  • Executive summary and full report analysis should be housed on the project implementer’s website and should contain:
    • Comprehensive explanation of trends of PRC engagement in the region,  with one or more focus areas covering topics such as tech- and energy-focused infrastructure projects; technological cooperation; financial transactions; transport infrastructure, utilities management systems, "dual-use" complex infrastructure creation, and PLA military engagements.
    • The proposal and ensuing analysis must incorporate an assessment of PRC engagement around COVID-19.
    • Executive summary should be available in English and target languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
    • Full report and website page should be available in Spanish.
  • Research should be matched with clear, concise, and shareable graphics that are easily distributed by traditional and digital media. 
  • A dissemination plan for report and graphics website.

Grant recipient will work closely with the Department of State and IWPR on public roll-out of the research and related graphics.

Project Outcomes

  • Increased comprehensive and digestible multi-media resources available to foreign publics.
  • Increased public access to reliable data regarding the PRC's engagements in Latin America and the Caribbean, allowing for a better-informed public discussion.

B.  Process and Regulations

Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing to IWPR via email.  Please address any questions to alan@iwpr.net by COB January 29, 2021.  If need be, answers to any questions will be publicly announced.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must provide all required information.  Applications that are submitted late, are incomplete, or are non-responsive may not be considered.

All applicants must have a valid DUNS number.

Proposals will be evaluated and scored on the following, with a total 100 points available: Up to 15 points for background/experience, 40 points for proposal quality and responsiveness, 15 points for theory of change and logical framework; 20 points for budget and budget narrative; and 10 points for risk management and contingency planning, (including COVID-19-related restrictions).

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of IWPR or the U.S. government, nor does it commit IWPR or the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application.  In addition, final award of any resultant grant agreement cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed through internal IWPR and U.S. government procedures.  While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award.  Applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant.  All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant's expense.  

The successful organization will be responsible for ensuring achievement of the program objectives.  An award will be made to the applicant whose application best meets the requirements of this NOFO.  IWPR reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to alan@iwpr.net by COB February 6, 2021

IWPR will confirm receipt of all proposals and their eligibility.

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