Strengthening Private Sector Engagement to Counter Synthetic Drug Trafficking

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Funding Opportunity ID: 327244
Opportunity Number: INL20SOI0040-DRUGTRAFF-05202020
Opportunity Title: Strengthening Private Sector Engagement to Counter Synthetic Drug Trafficking
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Other
Category of Funding Activity: Law, Justice and Legal Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.704
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: (U.S. based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or educational institutions having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations(NGOs) or private/state educational institutions)
Agency Code: DOS-INL
Agency Name: Department of State
Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement
Posted Date: May 20, 2020
Close Date: Jun 22, 2020
Last Updated Date: May 20, 2020
Award Ceiling: $1,700,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: BACKGROUND AND PROBLEM STATEMENT: Synthetic drugs can be manufactured virtually anywhere, in facilities ranging from sophisticated laboratories to remote hideouts. The extreme potency of synthetic drugs, including fentanyl and its analogues, allow criminals to reap high profits while trafficking in small volumes. Criminals adopt new production methods quickly to evade law enforcement detection, and are increasingly adjusting transit routes to exploit countries with limited enforcement and regulatory capacity. This adaptability increasingly challenges traditional enforcement paradigms. Traffickers now exploit the tools of modern global commerce to develop new methods for trafficking drugs and chemicals, including the use of internet-based marketing and sales, social media platforms, virtual currencies, and international postal and express consignment services. The perceived anonymity and convenience of the internet, including use of the “dark web” and encrypted peer-to-peer messaging, allow criminals to complete illicit transactions easily, often using unregulated cryptocurrencies, while also broadening their customer base. These modern tools afford traffickers greater physical security, lower operational costs, and reduced risk of arrest. As a result, a clear and urgent need has emerged for innovative ideas to prevent criminal exploitation of the tools of 21st century trade and to increase the difficulties associated with trafficking these drugs. New and enhanced partnerships between governments and the private sector globally play a critical role in preventative efforts to stop illicit synthetic production, diversion, and trafficking. Specific industries of interest include, but are not limited to, the chemical, pharmaceutical, express consignment shipping, postal services, e-commerce, social media, e-wallet and financial service providers, and drug manufacturing equipment industry sectors.CHALLENGE: Secure private sector supply chains, digital platforms, and business practices from criminal exploitation, in a manner that is sufficiently cost-effective and time-efficient to attract private sector participation, including by strengthening information sharing and fostering innovative approaches to detecting criminal activity globally, or in a specified region.
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