U.S. Department of State-Bureau of International Security-Nonproliferation: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to focus on mitigating proliferation and security risks from state and non-state actors.

Funding brief: The Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). ISN/CTR invites non-profit/non-governmental organizations and educational institutions to submit proposals for projects that will advance the mission of the Department’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR). ISN/CTR prefers projects that cost less than $500,000 though awards may involve multiple projects that cumulatively exceed $500,000. All applications and submission costs are at the Applicants’ expense. ISN/CTR will not pay for any costs incurred in preparation of the applications.

ISN/CTR sponsors foreign assistance activities funded by the Non-proliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining and Related Programs (NADR) account, and focuses on mitigating proliferation and security risks from state and non-state actors.

ISN/CTR seeks to use its available tools to counter efforts by foreign entities that threaten U.S. non-proliferation and national security interests. Various United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs), and international and U.S. sanctions call upon states and individuals to refrain from conducting business with prohibited entities, including sales of advanced conventional weapons.

The countries to be included in this engagement are global in scope, with a focus on existing or potential military, commercial, technological, and other transactions with prohibited entities.

Line of Effort 1: Counter broad spectrum of state-based non-proliferation challenges through targeted capacity building efforts in the following priority areas:
 Build Partner Capacity to Investigate Chemical and Radiological Weapon Assassinations: Organize subject matter expert-led trainings, regional workshops, and table top exercises to train partner governments on the threat posed by state-based efforts to use chemical and radiological weapons as an assassination tool, and build partner capacity to investigate and report state-based WMD plots.
 Train Partner States to Identify and Prevent State-Based Efforts to Undermine Non-proliferation Regimes: Organize subject matter expert-led trainings, regional workshops, and table top exercises to train key regional capacity-building partners on the importance of the non-proliferation regime, state-based efforts to undermine non-proliferation, and methods of detecting and stopping state-based activities that undermine non-proliferation.
 Train Partners to Counter State-based Disinformation Campaigns in the Non-proliferation Space: Train partner states to identify and counter state-based disinformation campaigns in the non-proliferation space, in order to protect the legitimacy of key international organizations that support non-proliferation.
 Additional activities that build partner capacities to counter state-based non-proliferation challenges.

Line of Effort 2: Prevent, disrupt, and/or delay proliferation activities through open source research and capacity building.
 Leverage open source research and commercially-available data to identify and monitor state-based proliferation activities.
 Research and report on arms-related equipment deliveries, and analyse the financial structures of potential significant transactions.
 Organize subject matter expert (SME)-led trainings, regional workshops, and table top exercises.

Line of Effort 3: Mitigate peer-rival countermeasures to avoid sanctions through sector-specific research and targeted outreach
 Leverage open source information, defence industry and military trade expertise, and financial networks to detect and expose countermeasures employed by prohibited entities to avoid sanctions.
 Efforts will also address state-based disinformation campaigns in the non-proliferation arena.

Objectives: By the end of the award’s period of performance, the recipient will have successfully developed and implemented a project to advance one or more of the following ISN/CTR objectives:
 Provided reports with original data that can be used to inform non-proliferation program and policy objectives, as well as support outreach to foreign governments, private sector and industry;
 Enhance capacity to prevent WMD proliferation and related transactions.
 Enhance partner government capacity to counter state-based non-proliferation misdeeds and malign activities.

Applicants should note that the following criteria serve as a standard against which all project proposals will be evaluated and identify significant considerations that should be addressed in all proposals. ISN/CTR will award a cooperative agreement to the applicant whose offer represents the best overall value to the government from both a technical and cost perspective.
ISN/CTR will evaluate proposals against the stated criteria. Criteria are listed in descending order of importance.

Proposed Activity or Activities: Applicants should clearly describe what they propose to do and how they will do it. The proposed project(s) must directly relate to meeting the specified objectives and applicants should include specific information on how they will systematically meet ISN/CTR’s global threat reduction mission. ISN/CTR will evaluate the project proposal in terms of how well it addresses the issues at hand, relevance and feasibility of the proposed activities, the timeline for completion, and the extent to which the impact of the project will continue beyond the conclusion of the period of performance.
Organizational Capability: Applicants must demonstrate how their resources, capabilities, and experience will enable them to achieve the stated goals and objectives in an international technical context. The proposal(s) must identify all key partners and organizations that will be involved in implementation of this project.
Budget: Proposed costs will be evaluated for feasibility, fiscal control practices, and efficiency. ISN/CTR must be able to determine that proposed costs are reasonable, allowable, and allocable to the proposed project activities. ISN/CTR will evaluate the budget to determine if the overall costs are realistic for the work to be performed, if the costs reflect the applicant’s understanding of the allowable cost principles established by OMB Circulars A-122 and/or A-21, and if the costs are consistent with the program narrative.
Cyber Security: Recipients and subcontractors are required to maintain NIST 800 IT Security Standards – (e.g. protective measures that are commensurate with the consequences and probability of loss, misuse, or unauthorized access to, or modification of information) on all covered information systems, and to report cyber incidents directly to the grantor within 48 hours of the incident. Proposals must describe the applicants computer and cyber security practices and capabilities.

Donor Name: U.S. Department of State-Bureau of International Security-Nonproliferation
Funding name: No specific fund name
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0005490

Deadline: February, 01st, 2019 at 11:59PM EST

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Funding limit: ISN/CTR prefers projects that cost less than $500,000 though awards may involve multiple projects that cumulatively exceed $500,000. CTR will prioritize proposals that efficiently meet NOFO and programmatic goals at the lowest technically acceptable cost.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: 12 months

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations subject to 501 (c) (3) of the tax code, for-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Direct funding for both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations is available under this announcement.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

 Submission mail: Not found

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How to apply: Applicants should submit project proposals electronically using Grants.gov. Thorough instructions on the Grants.gov application process are available at http://www.grants.gov.

The completed submission must consist of the following three parts:
Section 1 – Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424)
Section 2 – Project Proposal(s)
Section 3 – Budget:

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