Funding brief: The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Conservation and Water (ECW) at the Department of State, announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for Mapping and Analysis of Illegally Harvested Timber and Forest Products in Global Trade, to work with developing countries and partners to gather data and build capacity to identify, analyse, and map illegal timber and forest products trade in key regions for forest production and trade. The results aim to influence policy makers in these regions, and will inform ongoing U.S. programs and the design and implementation of future interventions to assist developing countries in combating illegal logging and associated trade (ILAT). Eligibility is limited to U.S. non-profit/non-governmental organizations subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U. S. tax code, foreign not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions. A cooperative agreement (CA) for up to $492,500 U.S. Dollars (USD) in FY 2017 Economic Support Funds (ESF) will be awarded for work that will support data analysis of global ILAT, including species of concern, drivers of the trade, trade routes and other relevant intelligence at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels. The initial period of performance will be for 24 months. Funding authority rests in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.
● To understand what, where, and how illegal timber and forest products are moving through the global supply chain, in order to assist developing countries to identify and interdict the movement of illegal timber and forest products along those routes – restoring revenue streams to governments and communities from their natural resource base and away from criminal actors.
● OES aims to reduce global ILAT through effective programming at the national, regional, and international levels in key source, transit, and destination locations in Africa, Asia, and to a lesser extent, Latin America. OES aims to support partnerships and capacity with and in developing countries to generate and compile data in order to map and analyze ILAT routes. These maps may then inform where to focus efforts to enhance investigations and enforcement, in order to disrupt the criminal networks involved in ILAT, redirect revenues to legitimate governments and communities, and support forest ecosystems and ecosystem services and the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples.
● This program will complement ongoing programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, to combat illegal logging by building investigative, law enforcement, and judicial capacity to address forest crimes; and by developing and applying innovative technologies to detect and interdict illegal logging and associated trade.
PHASE I: Scoping Global ILAT
● Modality: Primarily desk review, data collection via email and phone, data consolidation and analysis, primary research including field work as appropriate
● Suggested Period of Performance: 6-8 months
Activity 1.a – Data Gathering and Analysis
Activity 1.b – Mapping and Other Data Visualization
Activity 1.c – Phase I Reporting and Recommendations
PHASE II: In-Depth Investigation and Mapping
● Modality: Research to include secondary but also primary sources, including field work as appropriate
● Suggested Period of Performance: 10-12 months
Based on findings and analysis from Phase I:
Activity 2.a – Geographic and Thematic Selection
Activity 2.b – In-Depth Research and Analyses
Activity 2.c – Mapping and Other Data Visualization
Activity 2.d – Develop/Deliver Final Program Report and Associated Products
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0005268
Donor Name: U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Oceans
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: Aug, 14th, 2018 at 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
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Funding limit: $492,500
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found
Eligible organization: As below
● Eligibility is limited to U.S. non-profit/non-governmental organizations subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, foreign non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.
● Technically eligible submissions are those which: 1) arrive electronically to www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic by the designated deadline; 2) have heeded all instructions contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including length and completeness of submission; and 3) do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and this document.
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
Applicants must include the following in the proposal submission. All submissions must be in English.
● Table of Contents that lists application contents and attachments (if any);
● Completed and signed SF-424, SF-424A and SF424B, as directed on grants.gov and SAMS Domestic. The Certifications and Assurances that your organization is agreeing to in signing the 424 are available at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html ;
● If your organization engages in lobbying activities, a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form is required.
● Letter(s) of Institutional Support to indicate that your organization’s leadership is providing their support of the application. See sample letter in Appendix 2.
An important part of the application is the Proposal Narrative. The Proposal Narrative (not to exceed 10 pages, single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font in Microsoft Word, at least one-inch margins), should be organized using the following section headings: Executive Summary, Organizational Capacity and Past Performance, Program Strategy, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, and Management Plan. (CVs, budget components and the SF-424s do not count as part of the 10 page limit). A proposal narrative in excess of these requirements will be excluded from further consideration. The point value shown for each section indicates its relative importance in the application review process. Please see Section E for more information. Evaluation values are based on five narrative components and two budget components.
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