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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

Study of the Cumulative Effects of US Engagement in Uruguay and Chile

Application Deadline: COB 6 November, 2020

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. Organizations must have the ability to gather and analyse data to produce two public studies on the cumulative effects of U.S. engagement across many different sectors in Uruguay and, separately, Chile.  The economic and social impact Latin America has experienced as a result of U.S. engagement may not be clear to the public and so these studies should help inform the relevant publics about U.S. investment in Uruguay and Chile. Each study will need to be produced in both Spanish and English.

Under the subaward, researchers will measure the quantitative impact of investments – including, but not limited to, financial, human capital, research, training, philanthropic, and health– that the U.S. government, private sector, academic institutions, tourism, NGOs, and others have in Uruguay and Chile.  Methodology must include immediately quantifiable effects such as jobs created, tourism dollars spent, or medical equipment and assistance received, and also second and third order effects to include -but not limited to- value-chain improvements, economic growth, and improved professional capacity. The research must also specifically have a focused component on COVID-19 assistance.

This project will develop methodologically rigorous data metrics, including difficult to compile metrics and case studies. The recipient should conduct independent research in this area and this information should be included in the reports. The implementer may use surveys, focus groups, data calls, previously published research, government reports, or other methods to gather the information.  Key to the proposal will be the applicant’s ability to provide a truly comprehensive view of the impact of U.S. engagement in Uruguay and Chile across all sectors.  The respective U.S. Embassies will provide contact information and other data as available but should not be viewed as the primary source for the project.

Specific types of investments examined may include, but not limited to:

Direct Assistance: Identify the full range of direct grant assistance provided by United States agencies, institutions, charitable organizations, and companies (corporate social responsibility);

Indirect Assistance: Identify and quantify the nominal value of the U.S. share of assistance received from the United Nations, PAHO/World Health Organization, ICRC, IAEA, etc.;

Loans: Identify and quantify the nominal value of both direct U.S. Government loans (OPIC, EXIM, etc.), as well as the value of the U.S. share of IFI loans (e.g., World Bank, IMF, IDB);

Trade: Identify and quantify the impact of U.S. trade in goods and services, including the nominal value of trade and the value of related job creation;

Investment: Identify the full range of direct and indirect investment supported by U.S. agencies, institutions, organizations, and companies;

Tourism: Identify and quantify the impact of U.S. tourism (both nominal value and job creation);

Remittances:  Quantify the nominal value of remittances, as well as how those marginal, additional dollars impact families/communities;

Training: Identify and quantify the benefit of U.S. Government training and technical assistance, as well as private corporate workforce development, on individuals and institutions (i.e., the impact on public services and institutions);

Education: Describe and quantify the educational, economic, and cultural impact of university partnerships and Uruguayans and Chileans studying in U.S. universities, etc.;

Health: Identify and quantify the economic value and economic opportunities of U.S. Government health assistance on patient care and in health care systems (e.g., reduced demands on Uruguayan/Chilean health care system, increased worker productivity, etc.);

Quality of Life: Describe and quantify (if possible) the impact of U.S. Government assistance, U.S. companies, technologies, and standards on quality of life in Uruguay and Chile (e.g., improved health care, Uber transport facilitation, franchise restaurants, law enforcement capacity, English language teaching capacity, etc.);

Defense: Describe and quantify the economic impact of U.S. defense assistance (i.e., the impact of training, support, humanitarian assistance projects)

Budget

Estimated available funding is up to $150,000 for one award.

Proposals

Should be no longer than five pages in length.  Proposals should outline submitting organization’s background and expertise to take on this project, 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 as well as plans to measure impact and outcomes of the two studies.

Proposals might also consider and include beyond the studies themselves, how the research and findings might also be re-presented and repackaged in accessible ways through various social media platforms so as to improve their public reach and impact. In this way, the research and findings may directly reach mass audiences without the need for intermediaries – such as the media.   

Length of Project Period

Up to one year (12 months).  Preference will be given to proposals that include providing quarterly updates/drafts of data gathered and analysed to date.

Project Objectives

  1. Identify the full range of direct or indirect investment supported by U.S. agencies, institutions, organizations, or companies in Uruguay and Chile.
  2. Collect data that will support the development of fact-based narratives and analysis to promote the absolute and relative benefit to Uruguay and Chile of partnering with the United States across multiple sectors.
  3. Determine the extent that the public associates the United States with specific projects, policies, and fields of knowledge or expertise (e.g. science and technology, entrepreneurship, English language teaching, etc.).

Project Outputs

  • Two standalone, country-specific reports for Uruguay and Chile that use interviews, research, reports, and other methodology to capture the scope and value of activities conducted by U.S. government, private sector, academic, non-governmental, and other institutions. The reports must be issued in both English and Spanish. They must be in MS Word and pdf format:
    • Required report elements include:
      • Executive summary
      • 5-10 representative stories of the depth and breadth of the impact of U.S. engagement in the target country
      • One-page infographics illustrating findings for each funding/benefit stream, with an emphasis on cumulative investment totals, length of time the program/funding/benefit has been active in country, and the geographic and cross-sectorial impact of those investments. 
    • Reports should be housed on the project implementers’ website.
    • The U.S. Government and Embassies will distribute and publicize the studies in their entirety or in part on its website, social media platforms and other Embassy publications. To facilitate this process, all report content should separately be submitted in an editable format.
  • Public relations engagement to include at minimum two roll-out events (one in each country) and author media interviews.

Project Outcomes

  • Increased comprehensive data resources available to Uruguayan and Chilean publics.
  • Elevated quality of discussion and increased public awareness of the impact of U.S. Government, private sector, and NGO engagement in Uruguay and Chile.

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 6 November, 2020. 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, incomplete, or are non-responsive will not be considered.

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. All applicants must have a valid DUNS number.

The successful organisation 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 be submitted via e-mail to alan@iwpr.net by COB 6 November, 2020.

IWPR will confirm receipt of all proposals and their eligibility.

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