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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
91.001 Annual Grant Competition

AUTHORIZATION:

United States Institute of Peace ACT; Department of Defense Act, Executive Order Authorization Act of 1985, Title XVII, Section 1701, Public Law 98-525, 98 Stat. 2492,2649, 22 U.S.C 1701.
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The Institute supports research, education, training and dialogue programs in the United States and abroad on international peace and conflict resolution.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funding is available for any project that falls within the Institute's broad mandate of international conflict resolution. Unsolicited grants are offered across a broad range of relevant disciplines, skills, and approaches. Topic areas of interest to the Institute include, but are not restricted to, the origins of conflict, the role played by religious, ethnic, economic, political, social, and environmental factors in generating or accelerating conflict within, between, or among states; international conflict management; diplomacy; negotiation theory; Track Two (unofficial) diplomacy; methods of third-party dispute settlement; international law; international organizations and collective security; deterrence and balance of power; arms control; psychological theories about international conflict; the role of nonviolence and nonviolent sanctions; moral and ethical thought about conflict and conflict management; the role of peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, and postconflict peace building; and theories about relationships among political institutions, human rights, and conflict. Priority is accorded to projects that have practical applications and that may be useful for policymakers.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   The Institute may provide grant support to nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and individuals both U.S. and foreign including the following: civil society organizations; institutions of secondary, postsecondary, and community education; public and private education, training, or research institutions; libraries; and public departments and agencies (including U.S. state and territorial departments of education and commerce). Government officials, whether U.S. or foreign, are not eligible to receive Institute funds. Other U.S. government employees should contact the Grant Program staff prior to submission of an application to determine their eligibility.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Nonprofit organizations, official public institutions, and individuals. Grantees may be U.S. citizens, nonprofit organizations and official public institutions, or foreign nationals and foreign nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation:   Resume/curriculum vitae. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. All applicants must submit their project on an official application form (last revised February 2004, with accompanying documentation as described therein.

Award Procedure:   Most grant proposals are vetted through a rigorous, multi-stage process of review, which may include consideration by independent experts and professional staff at the Institute. Proposals are grouped by theme or regional focus and sent to relevant external experts for their evaluation. The final authority for decisions about grants rests with the Board of Directors. Outside review of an application may also be sought as part of the review process.

Deadlines:   Jan 01, 2009 to Oct 01, 2009 The Unsolicited application deadline is October 1 (or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend or a U.S. holiday). This is a receipt deadline not postmark deadline.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Approximately 6 months.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Grantee may submit an application for renewed funding after all requirements on the previous grant are fulfilled. Renewed funding request will be submitted to the Board of Directors for review. Grantees may request an extension of an ongoing project by submitting a letter to the Director of the Grant Program.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Grants are typically one year in duration, however, short and long-undertakings are also appropriate. Funds are released according to the schedule negotiated between USIP and the grantee. All funds must be spent or obligated within the established grant period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The initial disbursement is remitted upon receipt of signed award document. Subsequent payments are scheduled throughout the grant period.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Award recipients are required to submit interim progress reports and a final report at the end of the grant period. Award recipients are required to submit interim financial reports and a final financial report at the end of the grant period. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Financial records, supporting documentation, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the grant shall be retained by the grantee for 3 years following the submission of the final report of project expenditures.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

95-1300-0-1-153.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $3,361,805; FY 09 est $2,000,000; FY 10 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Not Applicable.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Federal Register No. 3155-01.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Regional Agency Offices. Annual Grant Competition, Grant Program, United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3006. Telephone: (202) 429-3842. E-mail: grants@usip.org.

Headquarters Office:   Annual Grant Competition, 1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, District of Columbia 20036 Email: grants@usip.org Phone: (202) 429 3842.

Web Site Address:   http://www.usip.org

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not Applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Not Applicable.

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