Funding Opportunities

EMPOWERING AGRICULTURE IN GHANA -- 2nd Round -- Jan 20, 2015

EMPOWERING AGRICULTURE IN GHANA -- 2nd Round -- Jan 20, 2015
Due Date (Date released): Jan 20, 2015 (Jun 12, 2014)
Agency: Ghana USAID-Accra
Funding Opportunity Number: APS-641-14-000001

Country: Ghana

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The purpose of the APS is to fund a limited number of investments through USAID/Ghana to address key value-chain constraints in commercial agriculture investment and agriculture related power constraints around selected value chains.

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)-- February 12, 2015

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)-- February 12, 2015
Due Date : February 12, 2015
Agency: USAID, the Government of Sweden, Duke Energy Corporation, the Government of Germany, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Funding Opportunity: AID-SOL-OAA-00005

Country: 'Developing Countries' or 'Advanced Developing Countries' (for a complete list of eligible countries see RFP File)


The objective of PAEGC is to support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of Clean Energy Solutions (CES) 5 for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. Such solutions are those that integrate clean energy technologies and innovative business models to: (i) Enhance agricultural yields/productivity; (ii) Decrease post-harvest loss; (iii) Improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues; and/or (iv) Increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses - while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries.

The Grand Challenge for Development (GCD) model is designed to focus global attention and resources on specific, narrowly defined international development problems, and to promote innovative approaches solving them.GCDs encourage solutions that build on physical and social science research and technological advancements, and aim to engage new actors that might otherwise not receive support through traditional international development programs. Importantly, the model supports solutions with the potential to achieve scale in low resource settings by, among other things, leveraging investment and financing.

Endangered Ecosystem Northern Tanzania- (RFI) - February 16, 2015

Endangered Ecosystem Northern Tanzania- (RFI) - February 16, 2015
Due Date : February 16,2015
Agency: Tanzania USAID-Dar es Salaam

Funding Opportunity: RFI-EENT-TANZANIA

Country: Tanzania

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USAID/Tanzania intends to fund a program in support of the Endangered Ecosystem in Northern Tanzania. This request for information is to solicit comments on the draft program description framework.

IMPORTANT: This is a request for information, not a request for applications.

Citizens for Healthy Communities Project (CHCP) USAID Guatemala -- March 5, 2015

Citizens for Healthy Communities Project (CHCP) USAID Guatemala -- March 5, 2015
Due Date : March 5, 2015
Agency:USAID - Guatemala

Funding Opportunity: RFI-520-15-000005
Country: Guatemala

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Purpose: This is a Request for Information. This is not a Request for Proposals (RFP) or Request for Applications (RFA) and is not to be construed as a commitment by the U.S. Government to issue any
solicitation or ultimately award a contract/cooperative agreement on the basis of this RFI, or to pay for any information submitted as a result of this request. The Citizens for Healthy Communities Project (CHCP) will empower citizens of Guatemala’s Western Highlands to sustainably improve the health and quality of life in their own communities. Using a community-based development approach that intentionally engages historically marginalized groups (indigenous, poor, women, youth, and others) in the design and implementation of community development, CHCP will also improve citizen participation and empowerment.

US-Russia Peer-to- Peer Dialogue Program -- March 9, 2015

US-Russia Peer-to- Peer Dialogue Program -- March 9, 2015
Due Date : March 9,2015
Agency: Department of State - U.S.Mission to Russia

Funding Opportunity: DOSRUS-15-GR-001

Country: Russia

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The U.S. Department of State announces the next round of competition for the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, which provides grants of up to $100,000 to support unique projects centered on Russian-American, peer-to-peer collaboration, including an exchange of best practices on a topic of mutual interest. The purpose of the program is to foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians.

Both American and Russian non-commercial, non-governmental organizations, including student associations, academic institutions (both Public and Private), and civil society organizations are eligible to apply.

In the proposal, applicant organizations must clearly demonstrate collaboration with a peer organization in the other country. Projects must be non-political in nature and focus on Russian-American peer-to-peer dialogue or people-to-people engagement on themes of mutual interest. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate innovative methodologies to accomplish program goals and foster interaction among peers. Successful projects will result in a product or outcome which enhances interaction and understanding between our two societies.

GCFSI 2014/15 Food Systems Innovation Grants -- March 16, 2015

GCFSI 2014/15 Food Systems Innovation Grants -- March 16, 2015
Due Date : March 16, 2015
Agency: USAID - The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Lab

Country: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, Uganda


This request for applications (RFA) is seeking applicants who can help
create innovation1 in the global food system by finding, incubating and evaluating new and potentially game-changing knowledge and technology based solutions to development challenges, especially those related to population growth, climate change and urbanization.

Early Stage Innovation Grants ($100,000 each) - These are meant to fund innovators with ideas that align with the goal of GCFSI, which is to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system.
Innovation Evaluation Grants ($250,000 each) - these represent stage two in the GCFSI investment strategy and are targeted at innovations that are developed but have not been fully deployed or rigorously tested in the field.

Innovation Scalability Grants ($500,000 with $500,000 match requirement) - the last phase of the GCFSI grants cycle is for innovations that have proven themselves functional and potentially feasible for broader deployment.

Thematic Focus

Theme 1. Weather data for climate-smart agriculture
Theme 2. Improved ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate variability and change
Theme 3. Improved ability of agricultural researchers to provide agronomic recommendations
Theme 4. Assistance to small entrepreneurs in food processing
Theme 5. Innovations in the informal urban food sector
Theme 6. Gender-sensitive ICT-based approaches to improving women access to urban markets
Theme 7. Marketing meat and dairy products without extensive cold chain development
Theme 8. Projecting labor market and skill needs for agri-food businesses
Theme 9. Improving effective use of mobile phone-based agricultural services by small farmers
Theme 10. Promoting gender equitable access to profitable markets

Preparing for International Careers through Humanities Studies-- India -- Apr 4, 2015

Preparing for International Careers through Humanities Studies-- India -- Apr 4, 2015
Due Date : April 4,2015
Agency: U.S. Mission to India

CFDA Number(s): 19.040 -- Public Diplomacy Programs

Country: India

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The U.S. Consulate General Public Affairs Section in Hyderabad, India is soliciting proposals for a grant that meets the specifications stated in Section II from non-governmental organizations and other legally-recognized non-profit institutions that meet Indian and U.S. technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs as specified by Section II below. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at:

NEH Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan -- April 30, 2015

NEH Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan -- April 30, 2015
Due Date : April 30, 2015
Agency: NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Funding Opportunity: 20150430-FO

Country: Japan

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Purpose: The Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan is a joint activity of the
Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards
support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and
U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider
regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to
scholarly knowledge or to the general public�s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United
States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history,
international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards
usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations,
editions, or other scholarly resources. The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced
language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents in their original languages
or whose research requires interviews onsite in direct one-on-one contact. Fellows may undertake their
projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative
purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Grand Challenges Explorations, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation -- May 13, 2015

Grand Challenges Explorations, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation -- May 13, 2015
Due Date : May 13, 2015
Agency: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Funding Opportunity: Grand Challeges

Country: Worldwide

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1. Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015 on the following topics:

- Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
- Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
- Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
- New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
- Reducing Pneumonia Fatalities Through Innovations that Improve Pneumonia Diagnosis & Referral of Malnourished Children
- Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at

2. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its fifth round for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. Saving Lives at Birth partners will fund transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: (i) science & technology, (ii) service delivery, and (iii) demand-side innovation.

The application deadline is March 27, 2015. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at

3. All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched two grant opportunities:

- As part of the Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings Ideation Challenge, it is seeking technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following situations: health crisis, natural disaster, and conflict zone. Proposed solutions should be usable within the first six months after the onset of the crisis or conflict and be usable within the context of a developing country.

The application deadline is March 30, 2015. Details on how to apply can be found at

- The Tracking & Tracing Books Prize Competition is seeking innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries and allow stakeholders, ranging from parents to Ministries of Education and donor agencies, to quickly and easily access tracking information.

The application deadline is April 1, 2015. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at

4. The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) as part of its new Grand Challenges Japan initiative has launched a Target Research Platform to fund bold ideas in drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for a set of priority neglected infectious diseases. Applications must be from a partnership between Japanese and non-Japanese organizations.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program-- June 04, 2015

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program-- June 04, 2015
Due Date : June 04,2015
Letter of Intent: April 02,2015
Agency: USDA

CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE: This program is listed in CFDA under 10.310

Country: applicants to Foundational or Challenge Area RFAs are encouraged to include international partnerships or engagement in proposals as appropriate. Any international activity proposed under AFRI such as partnerships, exchanges, training, trips, etc. must first and foremost support AFRI's domestic program goals. Applicants must clearly describe and demonstrate how international activities proposed in applications submitted to AFRI will contribute to and support advances in American agriculture.

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Section 7406 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 amends section 2(b) of the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act (7 U.S.C. 450i(b)) to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI); a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address food and agricultural sciences. Grants shall be awarded to address priorities in United States agriculture in the following areas:
1. Plant health and production and plant products;
2. Animal health and production and animal products;
3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;
4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
5. Agriculture systems and technology; and
6. Agriculture economics and rural communities.
To the maximum extent practicable, NIFA, in coordination with the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE), will make grants for high priority research, education, and extension, taking into consideration, when available, the determinations made by the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB) pursuant to section 2(b)(10) of the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act (7 U.S.C. 450i(b)(10)), as amended. The authority to carry out this program has been delegated to NIFA through the Under Secretary for REE.

Purpose and Priorities

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for fundamental research, applied research, and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.
Supporting the many components of agriculture under the constraints of a growing population, pressure on natural resources, and the challenges of climate variability and change, requires research, education, extension, and integrated programs that increase agricultural and natural resource sustainability. The term ''sustainable agriculture'' (National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), 7 U.S.C. 3103)) means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term, achieve the following goals: 1) satisfy human food and fiber needs; 2) enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; 3) make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; 4) sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and 5) enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

USAID- Brazil Partnership Development Program -- August 19, 2015

USAID- Brazil Partnership Development Program -- August 19, 2015
Due Date : August 19,2015
Agency: USAID - Brazil

Funding Opportunity: APS-512-15-000001

Country: Brazil

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Based on the experience gained in the implementation of the +Unidos Program, this activity intends to engage both local and US private sector companies with the aim to fuel economic growth, innovation, and
job creation; deliver broad-based development impact; and achieve scalable solutions via market-let approaches for both US as well as local Brazilian partners. These partnerships are critical to achieve new models in development, for which USAID serves as a catalyst of sustainable long-term development solutions by local stakeholders and markets.

This APS is to improve biodiversity conservation using science, technology and innovation through an Environmental Public Private Partnership activity. In collaboration with the Government of Brazil, USAID/Brazil's new Environmental Program Partnership
to Conserve Amazon Biodiversity will improve Amazonian biodiversity conservation by developing innovative approaches within priority protected areas.

Program Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for funding under this APS proposed programs must meet the following requirements:

I. Partnership applications must have clearly-defined objectives agreed to by all partners.
II. Partnership applications must demonstrate significant new, non-public resources whether money, ideas, technologies, experience or expertise to address development challenges.
III. Partnerships must operate in Brazil and must fit within the strategic objectives of USAID/Brazil's Environment Program.
IV. Partnership applications must reasonably achieve significant development impact, as measured, for example, by the number of direct and indirect beneficiaries of the program, and sustainability by the
creation of activities able to continue without USG funding after the end of the project, and/or by the potential for replication or scaling-up over time.
V. Partnership applications must be feasible from a technical, economic, financial, and social perspective.

USAID Lima - Brazil Environment Program -- September 3, 2015

USAID Lima - Brazil Environment Program -- September 3, 2015
Due Date : September 3,2015
Agency: USAID - Brazil

Funding Opportunity: APS-512-15-000002

Country: Brazil

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For the purposes of this APS, Protected Areas (PAs) include strict protection conservation units,sustainable use conservation units, and Indigenous lands. The three sub-purposes under the overall program objective are:
1. strengthen biodiversity conservation efforts in priority protected area mosaics;
2. support the Brazilian national policy for land and environmental management in
Indigenous lands (PNGATI);
3. apply science, technology and innovation to improve biodiversity conservation

The objective of this APS is to support projects from one or more organizations to manage
projects of a network of Indigenous organizations. Those projects will provide territorial and
environmental management of Indigenous lands in the South of Amazonas State connected
to the following FUNAI Regional Coordination Units:
1. Coordena�§�£o Regional do Madeira
2. Coordena�§�£o Regional do Alto Purus
3. Coordena�§�£o Regional do M�©dio Purus
4. Coordena�§�£o Regional de Manaus (Coordena�§�µes T�©cnicas Locais de Manicor�© e
Applications must meet with the objectives of the National Policy for Territorial and
Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands (sub-purpose 2 of PCAB) and any current
PGTAs. They should preferably be based in existing diagnosis or discussion processes.
Illustrative activities include:
1. Protection, surveillance and environmental monitoring in indigenous lands and their
2. Data generation and information gathering on the environmental state of Indigenous
Lands with the participation of Indigenous Peoples
3. Restoration/recovery of water resources and degraded lands that are essential for
Indigenous Peoples
4. Participatory ethno-zoning and planning
5. Promoting participation of Indigenous representatives, including women, in decision
making processes regarding PNGATI, climate change, biodiversity and in protected areas
6. Studies and discussions on interfaces of Conservation Units and Indigenous lands,
mosaics and/or juxtaposition of protected areas and definition of proposals for
7. Promoting sustainable economic activities and value chains in Indigenous lands,
including technical assistance.
8. Capacity-building and institutional strengthening for indigenous organizations, learning
exchanges and environmental education on PNGATI and its objectives/axes.
This Annual Program Statement (APS) seeks to support activities that will be responsive
to critical developmental needs and challenges in the following area.
Environment � Biodiversity
USAID/Brazil�s Environment Program has supported and will continue to support the U.S.
Foreign Assistance Objective of generating sustained economic growth under the Program
Area �Environment� by ensuring that environmental and natural resources are effectively

Bureau for Food Security (BFS) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Climate Smart Agriculture -- March 16, 2016

Bureau for Food Security (BFS) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Climate Smart Agriculture -- March 16, 2016
Due Date : March 16,2016
Agency: Agency for International Development

Solicitation Number: BAA-OAA-BFS-2015

Country: Feed the future countries

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This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and costeffective activities in the general area of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The focus of this BAA is to identify innovative thinking, best practices and promising programs that will provide cost effective and practical options to respond to climate and weather related impacts on small holder farmer-based food and agriculture systems in low income countries. In many cases, such options and practices may provide a “double or triple win” by also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving agriculture income and productivity. Any opportunities for funding and partnering will be issued as Addenda to this BAA. In Addendum Number 01 to the Climate Smart Agriculture BAA, USAID seeks knowledge and solutions to the current problem of limited levels of private sector engagement and investment in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and technologies. The main focus of this work is to help smallholder-based food and agriculture systems in low-income countries adapt to climate and weather change impacts. The countries supported by the USG Feed the Future Initiative are the primary geographic focus. Collaboration opportunities that align with USAID’s focus value chains in the Feed the Future countries are particularly encouraged. More information on the Feed the Future Initiative and FTF focus and aligned countries can be found at