Technical Support to a Global Counterterrorism Forum Initiative on Soft Target Protection

Funding Agency:
Department of State

 The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity for organizations interested in providing administrative and technical support for a new multilateral initiative to establish internationally-recognized non-binding good practices for preventing and responding to terrorist attacks against soft targets.

 CT invites organizations to submit proposal applications to provide technical and administrative support for a new initiative under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) to assist governments in deepening their understanding and increasing their capacity to prevent terrorist attacks against soft targets. Typical soft targets include business and commercial facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, malls, stadiums, and mass transit (e.g., railway stations). Proposals should describe how the applicant will provide a range of administrative and logistical tasks (to include booking a venue, catering, translation, etc.) and technical support (e.g., developing agendas, preparing documents, etc.) to organize, implement, and facilitate a series of regional and global workshops involving government and industry experts. The goal of these workshops is to work toward good practices for governments and their partners on soft target protection, which can serve as the basis for international engagement, assistance, and training, to enhance the security and resilience of sites that are potential soft targets. 

Deadline: Aug. 30, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

The successful applicant may be a public or private academic institution, non-governmental organization, or for-profit entity. Any for-profit entity applying should be aware that its application may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process and that the Department of State generally prohibits profit under its assistance awards to for-profit or commercial organizations.



Funding Type





Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 30, 2016