Priority Grant Competition

To seed and develop the international conflict resolution and peacebuilding field.

Agency - United States Institute of Peace

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Oregon State University $ 299,995   2021-09-012023-08-31
Hong Kong University Of Science And Technology, The $ 100,619   2021-01-152023-01-14
Colegio Mayor De Nuestra Senora Del Rosario $ 99,256   2021-01-152023-01-14
Environmental Law Institute, The $ 281,709   2020-10-012022-09-30
International Rescue Committee, Inc. $ 100,000   2020-10-012022-03-31
University Of Sheffield $ 101,097   2020-10-012021-11-30
Trustees Of Tufts College Inc $ 95,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Brandeis University $ 298,416   2019-10-012021-09-30
University Of Birmingham $ 100,000   2019-04-012021-03-31
Leeds Beckett University $ 88,000   2019-01-012020-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

USIP assistance may be used to support research, education, training, Track Two, unofficial diplomatic initiatives, and other peacebuilding projects, such as mediations and dialogues, undertaken by scholars and practitioners working at academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit agencies both in the United States and around the world.

It will advance understanding of and promote impactful projects on themes that span the full life cycle of conflict?from early warning and conflict prevention, to negotiation, mediation and conflict management, to transitional justice, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and post-conflict peacebuilding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit or public institutions are eligible to apply.

USIP does not accept applications from individuals who are not affiliated with an eligible institution. Funding is not available for degree work (payment of tuition fees or support for M.A.

or Ph.D.-related work).

Inquiries for dissertation research support should be directed to USIP?s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Program.

Applications that list as participants, consultants, or project personnel members of USIP?s Board of Directors, staff or fellows will not be accepted. USIP does not fund grant proposals of a partisan political nature or proposals that would inject the grantee or USIP into the policy processes of the United States government or any foreign government or international organization.

In addition, in accord with the United States of Peace Act, Section 1709 (b), USIP will not use political tests or political qualifications in selecting or monitoring any grantees.

Projects that lead to policy recommendations for governments, international organizations, or nongovernmental organizations are welcome and encouraged, although such recommendations will be those of the grantee and not USIP. USIP does not provide support for the creation of a new organization, construction or maintenance purposes, direct social services, or microenterprise projects, nor does it provide funding to government agencies or to individuals working for government agencies. All application materials must be in English unless specified otherwise in the specific call for proposals.

Beneficiary Eligibility



Please see USIP Website for information on eligibility and application process. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. All assistance offered by USIP is subject to USIP's General Grants Provisions.

Award Procedures

Please refer to USIP's website for more information.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


United States Institute of Peace Act; Department of Defense Act, Executive Order Authorization Act of 1985, Title XVII, Section 1701, Public Law 98-525, 98 Stat. 2492,2649, 22 U.S.C 1701-1712.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are typically one year in duration, however, short and long-term undertakings are also appropriate. Funds are released according to the schedule negotiated between USIP and the grantee. All funds must be spent or obligated within the established grant period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Initial Payment is remitted upon receipt of signed award documents. Subsequent payments are made throughout the grant period.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Grant recipients are required to submit interim narrative reports periodically and a final report at the end of the grant period.

Grant recipients are required to submit interim financial reports periodically and a final financial report at the end of the grant period.

No performance monitoring is required.


No audits are required for this program.


All non-federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations that expend $750,000 or more in federal awards in a given fiscal year are required to conduct a single audit, also known as a ?Single Audit? or 'Subpart F Audit.' Financial records, supporting documentation, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to any USIP grant shall be retained by the grantee for three years following the submission of the final report of project expenditures. Both the United States General Accounting Office and the President of the Institute or any of his authorized representatives shall have access to any pertinent books, documents, papers, and records of the grantee and such subrecipients as are involved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $1,384,555; FY 17 est $1,359,342; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $30,000 - $150,000. Average ~$60,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Shauna Eisenberg 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: Phone: 2024293841

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

USIP is committed to reviewing all grant applications in a thorough, rigorous, and expeditious manner. USIP grant competitions generally require applicants to first submit a concept note that briefly outlines their proposed project. All concept notes must be submitted via the Institute?s online grants management system. (Please consult the specific grant opportunity for instructions on how to register on this system.) All concept notes must be submitted by the grant opportunity deadline. USIP staff will review the concept notes and notify applicants as to whether their project idea will be moving ahead in the process. Applicants whose concept notes are selected will be invited to submit a detailed full application. Once USIP has received a completed application, it undergoes a rigorous, confidential review by USIP staff and external subject matter experts. USIP?s Board of Directors makes the final decision on funding for grants. Please see USIP page on grantmaking for more information on eligibility and selection criteria.

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