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IIE Launches New Research and Innovation Grants for Democracy Fellows and Grants Program

C-TIP Campus Challenge Research Grants

IIE will award up to three grants for research projects in Counter-Trafficking in Persons

NEW YORK, April 29, 2013—IIE's USAID-funded Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program is pleased to announce the release of an Annual Program Statement (APS) to invite applications for Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Campus Challenge Research Grants. This first grants portfolio in the DFG Research and Innovation Grants program is open to scholars at universities and research institutes worldwide. IIE will award two to three grants for research projects in one of three priority areas identified by USAID's Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center):

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of a selected USAID C-TIP intervention.
  • Public opinion survey to generate data on, and awareness of, TIP.
  • Applicant-proposed research that increases knowledge about effective C-TIP interventions.

This grant opportunity is part of USAID's C-TIP Campus Challenge, which includes an online community at www.challengeslavery.org; a Tech Contest that provided prizes for innovative technological solutions to address human trafficking; and this APS. Instructions for applying for a C-TIP Campus Challenge Research Grant may be found on the DFG website. Grant applications may be submitted at any time during the APS open period, but applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals by May 17, 2013 in order to be considered in the first review.

IIE's DFG Research and Innovation Grants program is intended to strengthen the quality of USAID-funded democracy promotion work globally by integrating the knowledge and skills of the academic community in the design and evaluation of that work. USAID uses Annual Program Statements to invite and support creative and innovative solutions to challenging problems in developing countries.  IIE will publish several research grant opportunities in the DRG fields during the five years of the DFG program (September 2012 – September 2017). Interested applicants are encouraged to contact dem.grants@iie.org to receive email alerts when new grant opportunities are published.

USAID's Democracy Fellows Program was initiated first in 1995 to promote democratic practices in emerging and transitional democracies by placing experienced DRG professionals within USAID. IIE assumed management of DFG—the first iteration of the DFG program to offer grants to research institutions, as well as fellowships to DRG professionals—in September 2012.

Building on IIE's established ties to US universities at the forefront of research in DRG sub-sectors and decades of experience managing fellowships and information exchange, DFG is designed to:

  • Develop a pool of committed DRG professionals at the junior, mid, and senior levels
  • Strengthen relations between USAID and academic, think tank, and research organizations in the DRG fields
  • Promote research and innovative solutions to DRG programs by accessing and applying the learning and innovation among DRG scholars, research institutions, and practitioners.

DFG Research and Innovation Grants Program:
C-TIP Campus Challenge Quick Facts


Applicant profile: universities or research institutions
Applications due: rolling basis, with monthly review (deadline for consideration in first review is midnight, May 17, 2013)
APS open period: April 25, 2013 – April 25, 2014
Number of grants: 2 – 3
Grant size: $150,000 – $200,000
Grant length: 12 – 18 months
Research areas:
Comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of a selected USAID C-TIP intervention
Public opinion survey to generate data on, and awareness of, TIP 
Applicant-proposed research that increases knowledge about effective C-TIP interventions

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