DRL Climate Change and Atrocity Prevention

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for projects that support early action in response to atrocities, including crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes, as well as other large scale and deliberate attacks against civilians. 

Within this policy objective, DRL seeks programs that measurably reduce climate-induced or climate-related atrocity risk and fragility in the selected countries.  Programs should effectively pilot an approach to atrocity prevention that integrates the increasing atrocity risk that climate change and environmental degradation poses and supports the formulation and implementation of atrocity prevention, response, and recovery measures that are responsive to that risk.  Programs should include the perspectives of women, girls, and vulnerable communities, noting that climate change heightens women and girls’ risk of encountering gender-based violence, as they are often the primary procurers or managers of these increasingly scarce natural resources. 

Proposed projects may target up to 2 countries, with at least one country in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Primary organizations can submit 1 application in response to the NOFO.  Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: April 17, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernmental 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. 



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 17, 2023