Deadline: 16 August 2019
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations (CSO) is accepting proposals for its program entitled “Political Instability Risks in the Western Balkans”.
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Project Objectives and Activities
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- Design and conduct surveys to measure external malign influence, to include disinformation attempts and foreign financial influence.
- Collaborate with CSO to create elections toolkit by incorporating new methodologies informed by survey insights and data collected.
- Create tool that tracks cyber and financial influence trends in target countries.
- Administer the toolkit and design action to disrupt or blunt malign influence.
Chinese Destabilizing Economic Influenceand Political Leverage:
- Survey and centralize existing unclassified local-languagedata sources, databases, surveys, and reports including from other bureaus, agencies, think tanks.
- Identify data gaps; build out and compile new data from untapped, credible sources.
- Identify destabilizing activities by Chinese private and public actors, such as digital dominance, unsustainable lending, intensive infrastructure investment in one economic or industrial sector,environmental degradation, and monopolization of mineral resources.
- Identify and analyze any correlation between Chinese economic initiatives and increased political and economic leverage over Western Balkan governments by China.
- Identify concessions and their monetary value granted by Western Balkan governments to Chinese firms, and compare the benefits Chinese firms receive to benefits granted to other large foreign companies.
- Determine possible indicators to measure the impact of interventions and implications for U.S. and European strategic interests, including on the Western orientation of the Western Balkans.
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CSO expects to award one or multiple cooperative agreements based on this NOFO and in an amount not to exceed the total ceiling amount of $1,133,650. The period of performance is 18 months with an anticipated start date of October 2019.
Regional Geographic Focus
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Applicants should design a program that is regional in scope that includes all (or nearly all) of the following countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.
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- Applicant must have acute awareness of conflict-related sensitivities in the Western Balkans through prior work in the Western Balkans or through thematic expertise.
- Applicants are encouraged to partner with relevant organizations with the ability to execute such programming throughout the Western Balkans.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply via given website.
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For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319054