USAIDCall for Research Project Applications in Bangladesh

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite applications for a research grant pursuant to the NGO Legal Enabling Environment Program (LEEP). Applications should be submitted directly to ICNL as specified below.


ICNL is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world. ICNL has provided technical and research assistance to support the reform of laws affecting CSOs in over 100 countries. We draw upon a worldwide network of partners and experts to produce innovative research and analysis on legal topics affecting civil society.  Through LEEP, ICNL seeks to establish legal and regulatory frameworks that protect and promote civil society and civic participation.  LEEP is made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Content of Research

Through a research grant, ICNL will support a local partner in preparing a research paper that analyzes the disparate regulatory treatment of foreign financial flows to various categories of recipients.  Specifically, the research study should address the existing procedures and impediments relating to the flow of foreign funds to not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), for-profit companies (FPOs), and private individuals in Bangladesh, particularly in light of state measures to prevent terrorist financing.  Sources of foreign funding may include, among others, Bangladeshi citizens residing abroad; foreign individuals; foreign companies; foreign foundations or international NGOs; foreign governments; and multi-lateral institutions.

The research could consider some or all of the following thematic issues:

  • Applicable Bangladeshi banking regulations and/or money laundering rules that apply generally to any international financial transfer (i.e., to the inflow of foreign funding);
  • Procedures or restrictions under Bangladeshi law that apply exclusively to NPOs seeking to receive foreign funds;
  • Procedures or restrictions under Bangladeshi law that apply exclusively to FPOs seeking to receive foreign funds;
  • The regulatory treatment of individuals receiving cross-border financial flows, including remittance payments;
  • Practices beyond the law that affect foreign transfers to NPOs, for-profit entities, and individuals.

Application Instructions

To apply for this grant, applicants must submit the following items in English:

  • Resume, Curriculum Vitae (CV), or other statement of work history and education (no more than 3 pages); and
  • Proposal (no more than 3 pages).

Content of Proposal

In 3 pages or less, please describe the following:

  • Your experience and expertise on issues relating to banking or money laundering laws, regulations, and practices in Bangladesh;
  • Your experience and expertise on issues relating to regulation of not-for-profit organizations in Bangladesh;
  • Proposed research question;
  • Likely sources of information that will be investigated, including whether interviews and other on-the-ground research will be involved;
  • Proposed timeline for: completing the research, submitting a first draft, and submitting a final draft for comment. 

Please also attach a line item budget (which does not count toward the 3-page limit for the proposal).

Eligibility Requirements

This research call is open to individuals or organizations, including civil society organizations (e.g., NGOs, societies, trusts, non-profit companies), law firms, academic institutions, think tanks, and other research-oriented legal entities based in Bangladesh.  Lawyers or organizations focused on legal issues are strongly preferred. 

The chosen participant is expected to strictly comply with submission deadlines. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June, including submission of an initial draft and opportunity for ICNL to provide comments on a final draft. Earlier timelines for the project and submission of drafts are preferred and are a favorable factor in the application review process. 

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Legal education and experience;
  • Familiarity with the laws, rules, practices, and treaty obligations applicable to international financial transactions in Bangladesh;
  • Familiarity with the law and practice regulating not-for-profit organizations in Bangladesh;
  • Experience in research and writing in the English language;
  • Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures;
  • Commitment to complying with project submission deadlines;
  • Quality of proposed research, including the significance of the issue, the soundness and innovativeness of the proposal, the proposed methodology/design, feasibility of the research (e.g., the research is targeted to answer the relevant questions; and the scope of research is achievable within the timeframe);
  • Timeline for the research and draft submissions (Timelines that ensure project completion earlier than the end of June are considered favorably); and 
  • Proposed budget and apparent value for cost.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply by submitting all required documents in English to Aparna Ravi by one of the following methods:

Terms of Reference

All grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports during the grant period. 

All grant recipients must submit a final report on the use of funds, activities conducted, and outcomes of their projects prior to receiving their final grant disbursements.

All grant recipients must finalize their projects by June 30, 2013.


The deadline for applications is April 30, 2013.