Applicant Questions

Applicant Questions

Responses to Applicant Questions

1. The proposed award size seems small for a comprehensive study of a USAID-sponsored program or the conduct of an effective survey. Do you envision much field research for these projects or more of a desk study?

2. The statement on the subject of indirect cost on Page 11 of the C-TIP APS is ambiguous. Can indirect costs only be used as cost share for the grant? Or can indirect costs be charged directly to grant funds as per the agreed upon-rate in the relevant NICRA?

3. If indirect costs are indeed allowed to be charged to grant funds, will you look more favorably on applicants that reduce or waive indirect costs altogether?  If the answer to the latter question is yes, would you be willing to provide a letter or email to that effect that can be presented to a university's central grant authority?

4. One of the scholars interested in participating in the project is currently working with the Department of Justice on a federal trafficking case. Does s/he have a conflict of interest?

5. If we are successful in our application, can we get access to State Department reports on country visits by the TIP office as part of our research?

6. Will applications for novel research that result in production of important knowledge re: trafficking prevalence, vulnerabilities to trafficking, and trafficking routes and perpetrators in a highly-affected region be considered responsive to this call? It is unclear whether or not research that is not directly related to C-TIP programming will be competitive. Thank you.


Q1. The proposed award size seems small for a comprehensive study of a USAID-sponsored program or the conduct of an effective survey. Do you envision much field research for these projects or more of a desk study?

A: The C-TIP Campus Challenge is designed to advance the research agenda and knowledge base relating to human trafficking. We are interested in innovative research that can make a real contribution to the field of evidence in the C-TIP field. The extent to which the design will answer and address the research questions proposed in the Campus Challenge and will advance the field of evidence in the C-TIP field composes 35% of the technical review score. Applicants should propose projects that are responsive to those criteria.

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Q2. The statement on the subject of indirect cost on Page 11 of the C-TIP APS is ambiguous. Can indirect costs only be used as cost share for the grant? Or can indirect costs be charged directly to grant funds as per the agreed upon-rate in the relevant NICRA?

A: Applicants are encouraged to read and follow the Cost Application Instructions for the C-TIP Campus Challenge Research Grants posted on the DFG website. Indirect costs, as allowed in an applicant’s approved NICRA, may be charged to the grant. As per 22 CFR 226.23.b, unrecovered indirect costs may be proposed as cost share.

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Q3. If indirect costs are indeed allowed to be charged to grant funds, will you look more favorably on applicants that reduce or waive indirect costs altogether?  If the answer to the latter question is yes, would you be willing to provide a letter or email to that effect that can be presented to a university's central grant authority?

A: Applicants’ cost applications will be evaluated for overall cost effectiveness. Per ADS 303.3.10.3, cost sharing, when required, is encompassed in cost effectiveness. How Applicants choose to meet this criterion is at their discretion, and it is the Applicants’ responsibility to fulfill their organizations’ internal procedures. As mentioned in the APS, Applications that dedicate the greatest portion of funding to direct research costs will be reviewed most favorably, in line with the evaluation criteria in the APS. Applicants are encouraged to use the posted response to this question for discussions with their central grant authority.

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Q4. One of the scholars interested in participating in the project is currently working with the Department of Justice on a federal trafficking case. Does s/he have a conflict of interest?

A: USAID and DOJ have different foci in the C-TIP field; however, we cannot make a determination as to a potential conflict of interest without further information.

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Q5. If we are successful in our application, can we get access to State Department reports on country visits by the TIP office as part of our research?

A: USAID intends to support any successful Applicant in obtaining documents that are relevant to the research project. However, at this time, we cannot guarantee access to information that is not currently publicly available.

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Q6. Will applications for novel research that result in production of important knowledge re: trafficking prevalence, vulnerabilities to trafficking, and trafficking routes and perpetrators in a highly-affected region be considered responsive to this call? It is unclear whether or not research that is not directly related to C-TIP programming will be competitive. Thank you.

A: We are interested in new and innovative research that results in knowledge about prevalence, vulnerabilities, routes, and other aspects involving human trafficking. However, since USAID is in the business of developing programs to counter human trafficking, the agency would want to use these data to inform the design of its programs. Applications, therefore, should briefly indicate how the knowledge obtained on prevalence, vulnerabilities, routes, etc. could contribute to the design of programs to prevent trafficking and provide assistance to victims. Additionally, Applicants may wish to provide an analysis of how to use this knowledge to design more effective programs.

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