Combatting Child Labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Cobalt Industry

Funding Agency:
Department of Labor

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $2,500,000 total costs (subject to the availability of Federal funds) for one cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to strengthen efforts by the Congolese government and other relevant stakeholders to address child labor in the cobalt industry. Project outcomes include: 1) Increased common understanding of the challenges and opportunities for addressing child labor in the DRC’s cobalt industry; 2) Increased capacity of government and other relevant stakeholders to address child labor in the DRC’s cobalt industry; and 3) Improved monitoring and remediation efforts by private sector of child labor in the cobalt supply chain.

The duration of the project will be a maximum of four years (48 months) from the effective date of the award. Eligible applicants may include any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organizations, including any faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, or public international organizations (PIOs), capable of successfully fulfilling the objectives identified in the Funding Opportunity Description.

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowed.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: June 25, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 13, 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.

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Amount Description

Funding will be provided in the form of a cooperative agreement. Approximately $2,500,000 total costs is expected to be available to fund one award. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $2,500,000 total costs. Awards made under this announcement are subject to the availability of Federal funds. In the event that additional funds become available, USDOL reserves the right to use such funds to select additional recipients from applications submitted in response to this announcement.

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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

June 25, 2018

External Deadline

July 13, 2018