**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**


Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Blockchain and Worker Rights Solicitation

Program Summary

The US Department of State DRL announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that develop and pilot the use of a blockchain solution to solve worker rights challenges. Blockchain, a public distributed ledger that records transactions in a verifiable and permanent way, is a relatively new technology that governments, international organizations, and businesses worldwide are exploring to solve a range of social and political problems; however, its potential to solve intractable human right challenges remains largely unexplored. Proposals should promote worker rights and responsible business by partnering with a private sector entity to pilot a blockchain solution for a specific worker rights challenge such as non-payment or under-payment of wages, withholding of identity documents, reporting violations, access to remedy, and lack of transparency in supply chains. Projects might also coordinate and engage with multilateral efforts related to the use of blockchain to solve social challenges.


CU Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: N/A; email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 9:59pm MST April 13, 2018


There are no special eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Applicants can submit one application in response to this solicitation.

Award Information and Duration

DRL anticipates having approximately $500,000 available to support one successful application. Applicants should not request less than $400,000 and no more than $500,000. Applicants should include an anticipated start date between July 2018 – September 2018 and the period of performance should be between 20 months and 36 months.