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Countering WMD Threats in Iraq

DOS-ISN

Status:

Active

October 30, 2023

Posted:

Deadline: 

January 31, 2024

Funding

2500000

Program:

50000

Award Floor:

Ceiling:

250000

Match Required?

No

Eligibility

All

States:

Entity Types:

Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, City or township governments, County governments, State governments

The following organizations are eligible to apply Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations Public and private educational institutions Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) For-profit organizations Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions

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Federal

CTR administers the Iraq program as part of the Global Threat Reduction portfolio. CTRs Iraq program secures chemical and biological materials, dual use equipment, technologies, expertise, and infrastructure to prevent their misuse by non-state actors in Iraq, and helps Iraqi partners to prevent, detect, and respond to chemical and biological incidents in Iraq. A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). ISN/CTR sponsors foreign assistance activities funded by the Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs (NADR) and other accounts, and focuses on mitigating weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD-related delivery systems proliferation and security threats from non-state actors and proliferator states. An underlying aim of all ISN/CTR’s efforts is long-term sustainability to maximize programmatic impact while minimizing the need for foreign partners to rely on outside financial or technical assistance. CTR administers the Iraq program as part of the Global Threat Reduction portfolio. CTR’s Iraq program secures chemical and biological materials, dual-use equipment, technologies, expertise, and infrastructure to prevent their misuse by non-state actors in Iraq, and helps Iraqi partners to prevent, detect, and respond to chemical and biological incidents in Iraq. CTR’s efforts in Iraq align with and support implementation of U.S. national security strategies, including the National Security Strategy and the National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan, among others.
Priority Region: Iraq Program Objectives:
CTR will focus on chemical and biological preparedness of single agencies, the Iraqi interagency, and between public, private, and regional stakeholders. CTR will support projects that build capacity and accomplish at least one of the below objectives within the award’s period of performance. Recipients shall leverage relevant subject matter experts within the submitting organization or in partnership with other applicants to create, develop, and implement projects. CTR will prioritize engagements that demonstrate quantifiable improvements to the CBRN security posture of Iraq, placing an increased emphasis on Iraqi plans for sustainability.
• Bolster chemical and biological incident response capabilities of security forces, first responders, and medical staff.
o Strengthen preparedness to respond to an incident or attack involving pharmaceutical-based agents, riot control agents, and other chemical irritants.
o Equip law enforcement to identify and interdict clandestine laboratories.
o Develop best practices for sample chain-of-custody between the field sampling
and confirmation laboratories.
o Increase capability of medical professionals to identify and treat casualties from
chemical weapon attacks.
• Enhance public, private, and regional collaborations and preparedness.
o Support Iraqi-led implementation of Iraq’s national security strategy related to unmanned aircraft systems/vehicles (UAS/UAV) usage.
o Strengthen government and chemical industry partnerships to mitigate and respond to potential sabotage at high-risk chemical facilities.
o Develop agency-specific plans to mitigate chemical and biological threats related to toxic industrial chemicals, pesticides, mass gatherings, and insider threats. Participants and Audiences:
CTR will support projects that engage foreign government organizations and chemical industry in Iraq. Within these organizations, CTR projects will engage government leadership, national security partners, security forces, first responders, medical staff, and chemical manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors. B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: 12 months
Number of awards anticipated: TBD (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: ISN/CTR prefers projects that cost less than $250,000
Total available funding: $2,500,000
Type of Funding: FY24/25 Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining and Related Activities Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act
Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2024

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