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Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the LSP is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  Be a U.S. non-profit organization meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) and have demonstrated experience administering successful and preferably similar projects.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Proposal Limit: 2

Summary:  DRL invites organizations to submit proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects targeting the following issues:

Empowerment of Roma in Civil Society (approximately $700,000 available): DRL’s objective is to combat violence and fight discrimination against Roma in Europe. This regional program will train Roma civic leaders and NGOs to effectively engage in local, national, and regional advocacy. Proposals should focus on the promotion of Roma engagement and acceptance in society, improving social inclusion and non-discrimination of Roma, as well as protection from and prevention of ongoing violence and discrimination through increased advocacy by Roma civil society groups. Program activities should include, but are not limited to, incentives to increase the participation in Roma in civil society and regular regional trainings for local Roma civic leaders and Roma NGOs. Training should address areas of mutual interest for Roma leaders and NGOs throughout the region, including advocacy skills, legal rights and enforcement, organizational management, communication skills, and coalition and capacity building. Participants should be provided opportunities for networking among Roma rights actors from various countries and encouraged to in turn train other members of their community in skills they learn at the regional events. Programs can also provide small grants to local Roma NGOs for local, national and/or regional advocacy campaigns. Proposals should focus on linking similar organizations across the region and increasing the scope and capacity of community members advocating for equal treatment of Roma throughout Europe. Other program activities could include opportunities to participate in and advocate for the inclusion of Roma human rights in multilateral institutions such as the OSCE, EU, Council of Europe, and the U.N. Proposals must include at least three countries in Europe with high Roma populations or particularly egregious state and/or societal discrimination.

Increasing Community Participation in Belarus (approximately $600,000 available): DRL’s objective is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of Belarusians outside of urban centers on community advocacy and activism. Belarusian citizens living outside of major urban centers are often politically uninvolved, and have limited knowledge of ways to address local community concerns. Proposed program activities should target Belarusian youth and adults living outside of major urban areas and introduce concepts such as volunteerism, civic advocacy, and community self-help. Successful proposals will also provide citizens opportunities to use the skills they learn in local civic initiatives. Through program activities, citizens and civil society groups will be empowered to identify challenges within their communities and formulate plans of action for addressing these challenges. Successful proposals will demonstrate a strong knowledge of the environment for civil society in Belarus and an established ability to work with local civil society groups.

November 2, 2012, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

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November 5, 2012, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal. All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.862.2233.

November 15, 2012: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

December 1, 2012:  Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.