RFA: Theories of Change Phase III: Transitions From Conflict


The Institute of International Education (IIE)—on behalf of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—is pleased to announce the publication of a Request for Applications (RFA) to fund Theories of Democratic Change (TOC) Phase III: Transitions from Conflict, a research initiative to partner with the academic community to review, synthesize, and analyze academic literature on the interrelation between democratization and conflict vulnerability.

As the hub of USAID’s global development work in the sector, the DRG Center:

  • Supports over 80 USAID missions worldwide by conducting sector assessments, providing input on long-term strategies for the democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) sector, designing innovative programs that address DRG development challenges, and evaluating the success of DRG programs
  • Sponsors cutting-edge research in the sector to inform DRG program design.
  • Manages funding mechanisms through which DRG programming is implemented worldwide.
  • Provides technical assistance and expertise during periods of crisis or opportunity.

This RFA will fund Phase III of the Theories of Democratic Change research initiative, a multi-phase effort led by the DRG Center , intended to identify and analyze TOCs based on extant research about factors related to aspects of democratization which may help inform USAID’s strategic planning in the DRG sector. Under each phase of this research initiative, a grantee produces two documents:

  • A White Paper presenting the grantee’s overall findings and conclusions from the project as well as a detailed analysis of the academic theory that elucidates the mechanisms, motives, and influences relevant to the phase.
  • A Theory Matrix to summarize and organize the theories relevant to the phase in a simple, user-friendly chart.

Phase I of this research initiative focused on TOCs relating to democratic backsliding, and Phase II explored theoretical pathways from authoritarianism. The final report from Phase I and II can be found below.

Deadline to submit applications: January 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

Submission: Electronic, to https://goo.gl/114zTN

Deadline for questions: January 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Questions should be submitted to dem.grants@iie.org; IIE will post questions (without attribution) and answers on this page. Applicants should check the DFG website regularly, as no notice of postings will be issued.

Maximum grant size: Up to $120,000.

Grant period: 6 months

Theories of Change Phase III RFA

Theories of Change Phase III: RFA (908 KB, PDF)

Phase I and II Reports

Theories of Change Phase I: Democratic Backsliding (1,971 KB, PDF)
Theories of Change Phase II: Paths Away from Authoritarianism (1,897 KB, PDF)

Application Templates

Template 1 - Annex 2: Branding Strategy and Marking Plan (113 KB, DOCX)
Template 2 - Annex 3: Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements of the Recipient (265 KB, PDF)
Template 3 - Annex 4: Past Performance References (34 KB, DOCX)
Template 4 - Annex 5: EEO Survey (optional) (25 KB, PDF)
Template 5 - Budget (43 KB, XLSX)


During the RFA period, answers to questions sent to dem.grants@iie.org will be posted here without attribution.