Priority Grant Competition


To seed and develop the international conflict resolution and peacebuilding field.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
United States Institute of Peace
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
United States Institute of Peace Act; Department of Defense Act, Title XVII, Section 1701, Authorization Act of 1985, Title XVII, Section 1701, Public Law 98-525, 22 U.S.C. 1701-1712, Statute 98,2492,2649
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit or public institutions are eligible to apply. USIP does not accept applications from individuals who are not affiliated with an eligible institution. Funding is not available for degree work (payment of tuition fees or support for M.A. or Ph.D.-related work). Inquiries for dissertation research support should be directed to USIP's Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Program. Applications that list as participants, consultants, or project personnel members of USIP's Board of Directors, staff or fellows will not be accepted. USIP does not fund grant proposals of a partisan political nature or proposals that would inject the grantee or USIP into the policy processes of the United States government or any foreign government or international organization. In addition, in accord with the United States of Peace Act, Section 1709 (b), USIP will not use political tests or political qualifications in selecting or monitoring any grantees. Projects that lead to policy recommendations for governments, international organizations, or nongovernmental organizations are welcome and encouraged, although such recommendations will be those of the grantee and not USIP. USIP does not provide support for the creation of a new organization, construction or maintenance purposes, direct social services, or microenterprise projects, nor does it provide funding to government agencies or to individuals working for government agencies. All application materials must be in English unless specified otherwise in the specific call for proposals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Please see USIP Website for information on eligibility and application process.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All assistance offered by USIP is subject to USIP's General Grants Provisions.
Award Procedure
Please refer to USIP's website for more information.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
USIP is committed to reviewing all grant applications in a thorough, rigorous, and expeditious manner. USIP grant competitions generally require applicants to first submit a concept note that briefly outlines their proposed project. All concept notes must be submitted via the Institute's online grants management system. (Please consult the specific grant opportunity for instructions on how to register on this system.) All concept notes must be submitted by the grant opportunity deadline. USIP staff will review the concept notes and notify applicants as to whether their project idea will be moving ahead in the process. Applicants whose concept notes are selected will be invited to submit a detailed full application. Once USIP has received a completed application, it undergoes a rigorous, confidential review by USIP staff and external subject matter experts. USIP's Board of Directors makes the final decision on funding for grants. Please see USIP page on grantmaking for more information on eligibility and selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
USIP assistance may be used to support research, education, training, Track Two, unofficial diplomatic initiatives, and other peacebuilding projects, such as mediations and dialogues, undertaken by scholars and practitioners working at academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit agencies both in the United States and around the world. It will advance understanding of and promote impactful projects on themes that span the full life cycle of conflict—from early warning and conflict prevention, to negotiation, mediation and conflict management, to transitional justice, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and post-conflict peacebuilding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
All non-federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations that expend $750,000 or more in federal awards in a given fiscal year are required to conduct a single audit, also known as a "Single Audit" or "Subpart F Audit." Financial records, supporting documentation, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to any USIP grant shall be retained by the grantee for three years following the submission of the final report of project expenditures. Both the United States General Accounting Office and the President of the Institute or any of his authorized representatives shall have access to any pertinent books, documents, papers, and records of the grantee and such subrecipients as are involved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are typically one year in duration, however, short and long-term 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. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Shauna Eisenberg
2301 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037 US
Phone: 2024293841
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$1,238,599.00; FY 19 est $449,229.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 16$1,384,555.00; FY 17 est $1,359,342.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $16,000 - $300,000. Average ~$60,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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