Community Development, Economic Development, Environment, Health and Nutrition
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified U.S. colleges and universities to fund a program entitled Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Food Safety (FSIL) (“Food Safety Innovation Lab or FSIL”). This grant opportunity is designed to identify and launch a new Feed the Future Innovation Lab focused on food safety research and capacity development at the smallholder and food systems levels.

The portfolio of research and capacity-development activities must fulfill the following two objectives:
1) Generate and make available for transfer improved knowledge, technologies, and practices that improve & enhance food safety systems in Feed the Future countries to: a) improve food security and nutrition for the poor, b) sustainably enhance the resilience of smallholder farming households, and c) create and sustain inclusive economic growth.
2) Build partner-country capacity to independently generate and transfer food safety-related knowledge, technologies, and practices to beneficiaries after the conclusion of USAID-funded activities.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are U.S. colleges and universities.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jun 22, 2018
Due Date Notes
This opportunity has a two phase process, with Phase I requiring the submission of Concept Notes by June 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m. EST.

The most technically qualified Concept Notes will be invited to submit a Phase II Full Application.

Most Recent RFP Release Date
May 23, 2018
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
A public webinar for Q&A will be held on June 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

The deadline for written questions is June 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Match Required?
Match Notes
Cost-sharing or matching is not required for the Leader Award, but USAID encourages cost sharing to the maximum practicable extent.

For Associate Awards, cost sharing requirements will be established for each Associate Award by the USAID mission or office that finances the award.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
This program has a maximum award ceiling of up to $30 million over five years.

The awardee will receive a $10 million Leader Award to be distributed over five years. It is estimated that approximately $2 million will be obligated to the Leader Award annually.

Other USAID field missions or other offices may award $20 million in potential additional funding, of which a maximum of $10 million will be given in potential Associate Awards, and a maximum of $10 million will be from potential buy-ins.
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