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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Private Entities to Curb Transnational Corruption

Doing Business with Integrity: A Call for Innovations


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/03/23
LOI Date: 01/12/24
Deadline: 05/03/24 Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International private entities to develop methods of curbing transnational corruption. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for collaborative projects with organizations or consortia. Two streams of funding are available; the first employs behavioral analysis, while the second addresses USAID's Anti-Corruption Policy objectives. Three levels of funding are available: ideas, prototypes, and validation and scaling.

Doing Business With Integrity incentivizes the private sector to play a leadership role in the development, application, and scaling of innovations to counter transnational corruption, a particularly damaging type of corruption that involves political and economic elites operating through global networks to move money and commodities across borders. This includes corruption that facilitates trafficking in commodities, occurs in global supply chains, or accompanies money laundering, for example.

Efforts to address transnational corruption may focus on a single country, such as a national reporting mechanism for transnational corruption, or across multiple countries, such as a global reporting mechanism. Indeed, one-country initiatives can counter transnational corruption if they address cross-border dynamics and elite networks. An idea that proposes to address corruption in multiple countries does not inherently qualify as countering transnational corruption. 

This Call seeks innovative concept notes from private sector entities and consortia or partnerships that include private sector entities to counter transnational corruption along two tracks:

  • Track One calls for innovations from private sector entities and/or consortia or partnerships including private sector entities that support collaboration and/or insights from behavioral science to counter transnational corruption as follows:
    • Collaboration: The CTC Grand Challenge team aims to support collaboration, especially collective action, to counter transnational corruption through initiatives by and/or partnerships with private sector consortia such as business/industry associations, networks, partnerships, coalitions, alliances, and initiatives. USAID defines collective action as an intentional and agreed-upon process that engages interested parties to take joint actions in support of shared objectives.
    • Insights from behavioral science: The CTC Grand Challenge team seeks innovations that incorporate insights from behavioral science to counter transnational corruption. Behavioral science pays special attention to the social, psychological, and economic factors that affect what people think and do.
  • Track Two calls for innovations from private sector entities and/or consortia or partnerships including private sector entities that counter transnational corruption and align with one or more of USAID’s Anti-Corruption Policy objectives:
    • Constrain opportunities
    • Raise the costs
    • Incentivize integrity

For additional information on the above tracks, see the "Overview" tab on the Full Grant Text RFP link. 

For information regarding allowable costs, see the "Rules" tab on the Full Grant Text RFP link.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Innovations submitted in response to this Call must come from a private sector entity or a consortium or partnership including a private sector entity or entities in the design and implementation of their innovation.

The CTC Grand Challenge invites concept notes from legally registered local, national, regional, or international organizations, including, but is not limited to the following:

Private sector entities, including:
- Commercial entities and their affiliated foundations;
- Financial institutions, and intermediaries;
- Business associations and cooperatives;
- Micro, small, medium and large enterprises that operate in the formal and informal sectors; and
- American, local, regional, and multinational businesses;

Organizations partnering with a private sector entity, including:
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- Grassroots, local and community-based organizations (CBOs);
- Civil society organizations (CSOs);
- Faith-based organizations (FBOs);
- International non-governmental organizations (INGOs);
- Private universities and other academic institutions;
- Research institutions and think tanks; and

Consortia that include the private sector such as business associations, cooperatives, and other existing forms of collaboration (submitted by one lead partner).

This Call is open to all eligible organizations regardless of size.

Across innovator types, USAID encourages concept notes from organizations and private enterprises led by and/or serving women; youth; persons with disabilities; Indigenous Peoples; the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) community; and other marginalized populations.

Concept notes will not be accepted for country-specific innovations to be implemented in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

The following entities are not eligible for funding under the CTC Grand Challenge:
- Political parties, groups, or institutions, or their subsidiaries or affiliates;
- Organizations that advocate, promote or espouse anti-democratic policies or illegal activities;
- Any entity affiliated with any of the CTC Grand Challenge implementing partners, TT DRG JV and Resonance Global, its officers or directors, or employees, or their immediate families;
- Any governmental organization;
- Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs);
- Public International Organizations as defined by USAID;
- Public universities;
- Individuals; and

Any entity that appears on the:
- Parties with active exclusions in the System for Award Management (SAM) (
- Specially Designated Nationals List; and
- The United Nations Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List

Pre-Proposal Conference

Pre-Application Information
- Phase 1: Concept Note Submission: September 19, 2023 - January 12, 2024
- Phase 2: Concept Note Review and Scoring: October 1, 2023 - February 9, 2024
- Phase 3: Co-Creation: October 30, 2023 - March 15, 2024
- Phase 4: Full Application: November 20, 2023 - May 3, 2024
- Phase 5: Pre-Award Assessment: January 1, 2024 - June 28, 2024
- Phase 6: Award: January 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Given the rolling review process, the details of the application timeline may vary for individual applicants as they advance through the process. For additional information regarding the application process, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Innovations supported under this opportunity will require private sector resource contributions (cash and/or in-kind) the value of which at least equals if not exceeds the amount of funding provided by USAID. Private sector resource contributions will be a requirement at the full application stage.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Tiers:
Tier 1: Ideas ($50,000 - $100,000)
Tier 2: Prototypes ($100,000 - $300,000)
Tier 3: Validation and Scaling ($300,000 - $500,000)

Non-monetary prizes: Technical Assistance, Mentorship, Networking, and Global Visibility

Contact Information

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