Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity: Supporting Justice Sector Reform in Tunisia

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that increase transparency of and accountability within the judicial process in Tunisia.  DRL seeks to support projects that will enhance ongoing justice sector reforms in Tunisia by supporting civilian capacity to understand, oversee, and engage in these efforts. Programs will promote accountability in the judicial sector by strengthening the ability of key justice actors to collaborate and engage effectively on both the demand and supply sides.  Proposals must address one or more of the following program focus areas. Applicants may submit up to one proposal per focus area. 

  • Improving the Implementation of the Established Right to Legal Counsel: Programs in this focus area should seek to enhance procedures for the timely provision of defense counsel as guaranteed by the Tunisian Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) to ensure that international human rights standards are upheld.
  • Increasing Accountability and Transparency of the Judicial Process through Media Engagement : Programs in this focus area should build upon relevant, established networks of Tunisian journalists and media actors in order to build a cadre of Tunisian media professionals trained in effective court reporting.

  • Increasing Public Awareness and Understanding of New Judicial Legal Reforms, Institutions, and Processes : Programs submitted for consideration under this focus area should focus on increasing public awareness and understanding of new judicial legal reforms, institutions and processes. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Dec. 5, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: Dec. 22, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.  DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.  



Amount Description

DRL anticipates having approximately $3,000,000 available to support approximately two to five successful applications submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the availability of funding.  Applicants can submit up to three applications in response to this solicitation.

Applications should not request less than $500,000 and no more than $2,000,000.  

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

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

December 5, 2016

External Deadline

December 22, 2016