Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABEP)

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABEP) project seeks to improve basic life skills for children in the early grades in the Philippines (early childhood education through Grade 3). This includes the ability to do math, read and write in Filipino, English and selected mother tongues, as appropriate. Through the activity, USAID seeks to support the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd)’s priorities to ensure access to a quality education for children in the areas of greatest need. 

The project will help DepEd and education stakeholders address the interconnected factors that contribute to low education outcomes in poorest performing areas of the Philippines. This activity must identify innovative and sustainable ideas on how to address the continuing challenges in education for children in the Philippines. These innovations may be piloted as a part of larger activities, or be the main focus of the programming. The Applicant should propose how these approaches are sustainable without future USAID or development partner funding.  

The project will support the achievement of the following: Intermediate Result

1: Improved Early Grade Instruction and Delivery Systems; Intermediate Result

2: Improved Access to Quality Materials; and Intermediate Result

3: Strengthened Department of Education (DepEd) Capacity.

The prime applicant may submit only one application. Sub-partners may be included in multiple applications. Applicants are directed to review the other requirements for applications specified herein, including, but not limited to Section D and E herein.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: October 16, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: October 29, 2018

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered eligible to apply under this NOFO, Applicant must either be: A U.S. non-profit nongovernmental organization (NGO), for-profit NGO willing to forego profit, private voluntary organization (PVO), Philippine-based NGO, university, foundation, consortium, or international organization.



Amount Description

USAID intends to provide $38.5 million in total USAID funding over a five-year period. Actual funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds. USAID intends to award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here:


Internal Deadline

October 16, 2018

External Deadline

October 29, 2018