USAID Funding Opportunities (Non-HED)
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Higher Education for Development is sharing the following Requests for Proposals, Requests for Applications, Requests for Quotations, and Requests for Letters of Interest announcements from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Please correspond directly with the contact person identified in each announcement if you have any questions and wish to submit your completed proposal, application, or letter.
Innovate for Health
The purpose of the APS is to publicize USG plans to fund a limited number of programs through USAID/Ghana to research, introduce and scale-up innovative solutions to key health challenges as defined in the Program Summary and Objectives. Applications for this opportunity are due no later than March 30, 2014 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
USAID/Afghanistan in Kabul has issued a request for proposals to address problems in Afghanistan’s higher education system. According to the announcement, problems include outdated curricula, under-qualified faculty members, lack of adequate classrooms, laboratories, and information technology, and under-resourced libraries are among the most significant issues the system faces.
Proposals for this opportunity are due April 18, 2013.
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USAID/Uganda Environmental Management for the Oil Sector
USAID/Uganda has issued a Request for Proposals for an activity with higher education as part of its focus. According to the Agency, the activity will partner with and support Ugandan private and public sector institutions including Makerere University and relevant Government of Uganda institutions to provide short- and long-term training, education and other capacity-building activities to improve oil and gas specific environmental management expertise.
Proposals for this opportunity are due May 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm, Eastern Time.
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Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) Activity
USAID/Bangladesh has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development activity. The purpose of this activity is to improve children’s reading skills within their first three years of primary schooling in Bangladesh. This activity will support the USAID Education Strategy and the key USAID education objective of improving early grade reading. This activity will also support the Ministry of Education’s National Education Policy. You may learn more about our work and development objectives with the Government of Bangladesh in the USAID Bangladesh Country Development Strategy 2011-2015.
Applications for this opportunity are due May 14, 2013 and the full announcement may be viewed here.
University Scholarship Program (V)
USAID/Egypt in Cairo has offered a funding opportunity in the University Scholarship Program that seeks to support meritorious and financially needy Lebanese public school graduates to access quality higher education to maximize their potential in supporting Lebanon’s democratic and economic development. This scholarship program will offer full scholarship coverage to assist male and female public-school graduates to pursue undergraduate studies at American-accredited universities.
Applications for this opportunity are due May 14, 2013 and the full announcement may be viewed here.
Integrated Rural Program to Improve Nutrition and Hygiene in Mali APS
USAID/Mali has released its Annual Program Statement (APS) for the Integrated Rural Program to Improve Nutrition and Hygiene in Mali program. The purpose of this program is to improve the nutritional status of women and children under two years of age through the implementation of integrated water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition activities at the local level.
The first round of concept papers for this opportunity are due no later than June 5, 2013 and the full APS may be viewed here.
Under this APS, USAID intends to fund multiple grant and cooperative agreements ranging from $450,000 to $10 million with a minimum performance period of two years and a maximum length of five years. Questions and clarification may be submitted until May, 2013, see the full APS for details.
Mali’s maternal and child health indicators, while improving in recent years, still remain among the worst in the world. Chronic under-nutrition or growth stunting affects nearly 40 percent of the population. This program will support several key U.S. government priorities including the Global Health Initiative and Feed the Future along with the USAID Resilience Policy.
The Cereal Value Chains Award
USAID/Mali has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Cereal Value Chains-Feed the Future project. The purpose of this project is to promote inclusive and equitable agricultural growth through the development of sorghum/millet and rice value chains and by strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities and populations in Mali.
Proposals for this opportunity are due June 5, 2013 and the full solicitation may be viewed here.
The purpose of this project will be to strengthen local, national, and global youth systems and programs to achieve sustainable positive youth outcomes in health, education, and political and economic empowerment and to increase youth engagement in development efforts. *Questions, feedback, and comments on this draft opportunity may be submitted until June 7th*, see the attached letter for details. The full pre-solicitation may be viewed here.
Piloting Options for the Sustainable Integrations of Target Earthquake Affected Communities in Haiti Program
The purpose of this program is to demonstrate a proof of concept for new permanent affordable housing solutions, from accessing the land title to construction and management, for internally displaced persons in Haiti. Concept papers for this opportunity are due no later than June 7, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
Mekong Partnership for the Environment Project
The USAID/Regional Development Mission Asia, located in Thailand, has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Mekong Partnership for the Environment Project. The purpose of this project is to foster integrated cooperation, capacity building and people-to-people connectivity between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam while maintaining natural resources.
Applications for this opportunity are due June 10, 2013 and the full announcement may be viewed here.
Under this RFA, USAID expects to make one or more cooperative agreement awards with total program funding of $13 million over a maximum four-year performance period. Questions and clarification on this opportunity may be submitted until April 24, 2013, see the full RFA for details.
This project will support key U.S. government objectives, including the Lower Mekong Initiative, to strengthen our historic alliances in Asia while developing deeper bonds with all nations of the region. It also supports USAID’s development objectives in Asia.
Community Action for Reading and Security (CARS)
The purpose of the Community Action for Reading and Security (CARS) Project is to improve early grade reading outcomes and contribute to reducing citizen insecurity in five municipalities of the Región Autónoma Atlántica Sur (RAAS) of Nicaragua, where both education and crime statistics are notably worse than the national averages.
Applications for this opportunity are due June 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm Central and the full announcement may be viewed here.
USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation
The goal of this activity is to partner with Makerere University to increase the level of education, professional expertise, and research to help meet the challenge of adapting to climate variability and change in the agricultural sector. The current closing date for applications is June 21, 2013. The full announcement may be viewed here.
Accelerating Inclusion and Mitigating Emissions (AIME)
The overall goal of the Accelerating Inclusion and Mitigating Emissions (AIME) program is to increase participation of marginalized, forest-based communities in “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD+) deals in order to mitigate global climate change (GCC) emissions. This goal will be achieved by work in three areas: (1) creating tools and approaches that help local communities engage with the private sector more confidently and productively on resource management in general and carbon credits in particular; (2) improving the capacity of sub-national governments to play a critical role in community-based REDD+ programs, with a focus on developing legal, regulatory and administrative frameworks to support fair inclusion of indigenous and Afro-descendent communities in REDD+; and, (3) bringing community, local and regional government and private sector representatives together to develop new approaches to negotiate REDD+ contracts. Applications for this opportunity are due no later than June 27, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
New Reconciliation Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The purpose of this program is to rebuild trust and confidence among citizens of all ethnic backgrounds in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to encourage citizens to advocate for institutional changes in society. Applications for this opportunity are due no later than July 1, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia Request for Information (RFI) on USAID SERVIR Mekong
The USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia has released a Request for Information (RFI) on their concept paper for the USAID SERVIR Mekong program. The purpose of this program will be adaptation and landscape management in the Lower Mekong (Burma, Cambodia, Laos,Thailand, and Vietnam) through the increased application of geospatial analysis.
Under this RFI, USAID is requesting comment on the technical approach as well as statements of interest and capabilities of interested organizations. This is an opportunity to shape the program, including the funding mechanism that will be used, and to describe your institutional capabilities ahead of the Request for Applications.
SERVIR is a global program, supported by USAID and NASA, which helps build the capacity of regionally focused institutions to act as service providers of geospatial information and training to government and other key decision makers. SERVIR “hubs” work with regional, national and local partners to deliver demand driven geospatial tools and services.
Currently, regional SERVIR hubs are located at the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in Panama, the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) based in Kenya, and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Comments and statements of interest for this opportunity are due no later than July 12, 2013 and the full RFI may be viewed here.
Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly (RADA) Program in Ukraine
The purpose of the Responsible, Accountable Democratic Assembly (RADA) program is to strengthen the legislature to become more accountable, representative and independent and to improve civic engagement in the legislative process. Applications for this opportunity are due no later than July 15, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
Afghanistan’s higher education system has many pressing problems and is still rebuilding after years of conflict and destruction. An inefficient, centralized ministry structure prevents public universities from managing programs and finances. Ultimately, the university system lacks sufficient academic programs and capacity to prepare qualified workers with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the employment needs of modern business, industry, and government. Applications for this opportunity are due no later than July 15, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
Building Constituencies for Democracy and Human Rights Program
The Building Constituencies for Democracy program will strategically engage new advocates for democracy across a broad range of organizations and interest groups that have a stake in democratic institutions and processes, yet do not engage on those issues when they come under threat. Applications for this opportunity are due no later than July 19, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
USAID/East Africa has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Tomikotisa Program. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to increase representation of women and youth, strengthen internal organizational capacity, and improve their ability to respond to citizens' interest.
Under this Request for Applications, USAID expects to make one or more cooperative agreement awards of $2.7 - $3 million over a three-year performance period. There is a 10 percent cost-share requirement for this program. Questions and clarification on this opportunity may be submitted until July 2, 2013. Please view the full announcement for details on submitting questions.
Applications for this opportunity are due by July 25, 2013 and the full announcement may be viewed here.
This project supports the work in democracy, human rights and governance in the DRC as well as the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and key USAID development objectives in the DRC. You may learn more about our work and projects in the DRC on YouTube here.
Sustainable Economic Observatory
The purpose of this project is to have advocacy and dissemination capability that is able to voice independent opinions that will promote sustainable economic growth, contribute to reducing poverty and chronic malnutrition, and improve the environment and biodiversity protection in Guatemala.
Feedback may be submitted until July 26, 2013, see the full RFI for details.
This project will support the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative which supports country-driven approaches to address the root causes of hunger and poverty and forge long-term solutions to chronic food insecurity and undernutrition. It will also support USAID's Global Climate Change and Development Strategy, which is aligned to support the President's Global Climate Change Initiative, that seeks to help developing country partners speed their transition to climate-resilient, low-emission, sustainable economic growth. You may learn more about our work with Guatemala in the 2012-2016 Guatemala Country Development Cooperation Strategy.
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation
The program looks for modern, off-the-shelf technologies that will increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers, especially women. Partnering for Innovation provides funds for pilot testing and demonstration of proven technologies, as well as larger grants that can bring these technologies to commercial scale. Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for this opportunity are due no later than July 31, 2013 and more details may be viewed here.
Exchange of Ideas on Human Rights
The USAID/Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Exchange of Ideas on Human Rights Program. The purpose of this program is to strengthen human capacity in Cuba by providing opportunities for civil society leaders to travel outside of the island to gain technical skills and experiential learning in an array of fields important to democracy and civil society development.
Applications for this opportunity are due no later than August 9, 2013, view the full RFA.
Under this RFA, USAID expects to make two cooperative agreement awards of up to $3 million each over a period of three years. Questions and clarification on this opportunity may be submitted until July 17, 2013, see the full RFA for details. This program does require key personnel with experience in Cuba or closed societies similar to Cuba.
This program will support USAID's development objectives in democracy, human rights, and governance as well as the President's commitment to supporting the desire of the Cuban people to freely determine their future and enjoy the rights and freedoms that define the Americas. Learn more about USAID's programs in/for Cuba.
USAID/Uganda Rights and Rule of Law
The goal of this activity is to support institutions, groups or processes that utilize democratic measures to protect endangered civic and political freedoms and human rights in order to safeguard accountability and adherence to rule of law in Uganda. Concept papers for this opportunity are due by August 10, 2013. View the full RFA.
Under this RFA, USAID expects to make one or more five-year cooperative agreement awards with a total program funding of $8 million. There is no cost share requirement but the recipient of this award must manage a grant program, that is 20 percent of the cooperative agreement value, to support Ugandan civil society.
Questions and clarification on this opportunity may be submitted until July 19, 2013, see the full RFA for details.
An interested parties conference will take place in Uganda on July 16, 2013. For registration instructions and details, please see the full RFA.
This project will support key USAID objectives in supporting governance, rule of law, and civil society and protecting human rights. You may learn more about our programs in Uganda. You may also be interested in learning more about USAID’s work with Uganda in the Uganda Country Development Cooperation Strategy 2011-2015 and the USAID Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Development Innovation Ventures Annual Program Statement
The USAID/Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program is seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) for development innovations via their Annual Program Statement. DIV accepts LOIs on a rolling basis and the deadline for the first review is August 15, 2013. You may view the full announcement here.
DIV awards grants for compelling new development solutions, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful. DIV seeks solutions that are several times more cost effective than current practice and that have the potential for widespread impact. Innovations should have the potential to be replicated by developing country governments or donor institutions within 10 years. You may view the innovations that DIV has funded here.
DIV grants are awarded through a staged financing model (similar to venture capital financing):
Stage One: Proof of Concept is to test the real-world viability of an innovative development solution. These are grants up to $100,000 dollars and up to two years in duration to refine prototypes and gather evidence.
Stage Two: Scaling and Evaluation is for innovative solutions that have demonstrated success at a small scale and are seeking to assess a solution at a larger scale. These projects are for up to $1 million and up to five years in duration.
Stage Three: Transitioning Projects to Large Scale is for innovations that have already established credible evidence of development impacts at significant scale. These grants are up to $15 million and up to five years in duration. They typically involve scaling to multiple countries or throughout a high population country.
You may learn more about our work and opportunities in science, technology and innovation here.
Solicitation for the Higher Education Project in El Salvador
USAID/El Salvador requests comments from industry on the statement of work for the Higher Education Project in El Salvador. The project aims to build the human and institutional capacity development of Salvadoran higher education institutions and the effectiveness of key government and higher education entities to provide educational programs and research that contribute to the country's economic growth.
Applications for this opportunity are due no later than August 26, 2013 and the full RFA may be viewed here.
The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
The Michigan State University (MSU) Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is requesting applications for innovation grants to address global food security issues in East Africa. Please read the Request for Applications. MSU anticipates awarding up to five grants $100,000 innovation grants.
Short concept notes are due by 5 p.m. EDT (U.S.) on September 10, 2013.
The GCFSI is one of eight development labs funded by USAID in the Higher Education Solutions Network.
Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development (SPEED) Services Project
USAID/Mozambique has released a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for evaluation of the Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development (SPEED) Services project. The purpose of this activity is to evaluate the effectiveness, stakeholder collaboration, sustainability, and gender inclusion of this project. Quotations for this opportunity are due no later than September 19, 2013, see the full RFQ here.
Under this RFQ, USAID expects to award one fixed-price purchase order contract of $100,000 - $119,500 over an eight-week performance period beginning around November 1, 2013. Key personnel for this evaluation should include expertise in economics or trade/economic policy, a person from Mozambique or Southern Africa, and Portuguese or Spanish language skills. Questions and clarification on this opportunity may be submitted until August 27, 2013, see the full RFQ for details.
SPEED is implemented by DAI as the prime contractor, with sub-contractors Nathan Associates, The QED Group, Cimpogest, and SAL & Caldeira -- learn more about the project here. USAID is heavily focused on monitoring and evaluation as an unbiased tool for contributing to development effectiveness and to the global community’s practical and rigorous knowledge. Learn more about USAID's evaluation practices and policies in the USAID Evaluation Policy. You may also be interested in the Development Experience Clearinghouse which contains more than 50 years of USAID records, including project evaluation reports, by topic and country
U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnership Seed Money Grant Competition
The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America is offering the second U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnership Seed Money Grant Competition. The final application deadline is September 13, 2013.
For more information about the Seed Money Competition, the application, and guidelines, please contact the Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Officer Tahra Vose at VoseTL2@state.gov or Cultural Affairs Specialist Yohannes Birhanu at BirhanuY@state.gov.