Department of State Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that support Internet Freedom. In support of the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace, DRL's goal is to protect the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet by promoting fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support to civil society for technology, digital safety, policy and advocacy, and applied research programs. DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit SOI applications outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

  • Funding Theme #1: Technology: Uncensored and Secure Access to the Global Internet
  • Funding Theme #2: Digital Safety
  • Funding Theme #3: Policy and Advocacy 
  • Funding Theme #4: Applied Research

The submission of a SOI is the first step in a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise, 3-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for DRL to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, DRL will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications. 


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST January 28, 2019

Sponsor Statement of Intent Deadline: March 11, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Concept Note (up to 3 pages): Clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives. Please include basic project costs in this concept note.
  • PI CV

To access the online application, visit:


There are no special eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Organizations may submit up to two (2) SOIs per deadline.

Award Information

Award Amount: $500,000 - $3,000,000