Strengthening Capacity of Governments to Address Child Labor and/or Forced Labor, and Violations of Acceptable Conditions of Work

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 $10,000,000 total costs (subject to the availability of Federal funds) for two cooperative agreements of $5,000,000. These cooperative agreements will fund one technical assistance project in Asia and one technical assistance project in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of governments to address child labor and/or forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work. Project outcomes include: (1) improved enforcement of the legal framework and/or policies pertaining to child labor and/or forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work; (2) improved assistance services for victims of child labor and/or forced labor; and (3) strengthened partnerships to accelerate progress in addressing child labor and/or forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work. Strategies and activities may address child labor solely, forced labor solely or both child labor and forced labor, as well as must address acceptable conditions of work.

Applicants may apply for one or two cooperative agreements. If applying for both cooperative agreements, applicants may not combine applications into one—they must submit separate applications. The most recent application, per region, submitted by the deadline will be accepted. Applications that combine regions will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered. If the most recent application is disqualified for any reason, USDOL will not replace it with an earlier application. Applicant entities are not precluded from participating as partners on another entity’s application


  • Duke Internal Deadline: June 19, 2019
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 8, 2019

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

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Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

U.S. organizations: • Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations or community-based organizations • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education • Private Institutions of Higher Education • For-Profit Organizations

Non-U.S. organizations: • Non-U.S. Entities, including PIOs, as described in 2 CFR 200.46.



Amount Description

Funding will be provided in the form of a cooperative agreement. Approximately $10,000,000 total costs is expected to be available to fund approximately two awards. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $5,000,000 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.

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
CV or Biosketch of project leader
Project summary - 2 to 4 pages

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

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Internal Deadline

June 19, 2019

External Deadline

July 8, 2019