State Department Issues $2.5 million Funding Opportunity on Countering COVID-19 Propaganda and Disinformation in Africa

Addressing Pandemic Propaganda and Disinformation in Africa Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Department of State Global Engagement Center (GEC) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) June 22 using funding from appropriations in the CARES Act to Address Pandemic Propaganda and Disinformation in Africa.  GEC is seeking proposals for activities that address the following efforts in Kenya, Nigeria, and certain countries in the Sahel region:

  • “Proactively Address Harmful COVID-19-Related Propaganda and Disinformation from Malign State and Non-State Actors Targeting the United States and its Partners
  • Strengthen Influencers’ Capacity to Recognize and Counter COVID-19-Related Propaganda and Disinformation”

Proposals are due no later than Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:30 PM EDT.  GEC anticipates that a total of $2.5 million will be available for two to four awards that will range from $625,000 to $1.25 million.  This solicitation is open to U.S. and foreign non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and commercial entities.  Interested applicants must create an account in the State Department’s official application portal to see the full solicitation. More information is available at

This is the first funding opportunity to be released by the State Department that aligns to the GEC’s “Top 10 List of Government Research Interests on Countering Disinformation and Propaganda.” Read more about the topics on the IPA blog here.