RFA Released for Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
USAID is pleased to alert you to a new opportunity to submit applications to lead the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. The Request for Applications (RFA) was posted February 26, 2014 on Grants.gov. A brief synopsis can be found below, but please view the RFA for a full description of the opportunity. Please note, all questions should be directed to Kelly Miskowski at the address in the RFA.
An open and public, internet-based question and answer session will be hosted by USAID on Tuesday, March 17 from 1:00-2:30pm Washington, DC time. To join the webinar, visit the entrance link and select "Enter as a Guest." Participants' names and organizations will be kept anonymous. An edited transcript of the questions and answers, as well as a link to the webinar recording, will be posted in an amendment to this RFA.
Closing date: May 27, 2015 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Public webinar for Q&A: March 17, 2015 @ 1:00 PM EDT
Due date for written questions: March 31, 2015 @ 1:00 PM EDT
Funding opportunity number: RFA-OAA-15-000012
Description: Feed the Future Innovation Labs, formerly known as the Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSPs), are authorized under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA). The Innovation Labs are long-term, multi-disciplinary, applied research and capacity-building efforts to address the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. Historically, the Innovation Labs were USAID-funded; however, the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab to be awarded under this RFA is expected to receive funding from USAID as well as another donor, and may receive management oversight from more than one institution. Led by eligible U.S. universities, Innovation Labs support students and leading researchers in the U.S. and around the world to seek scientific solutions to overcome hunger and poverty while building the capacity of the institutions with which they collaborate. The principal partners in this research and training are scientists from U.S. universities, working in collaboration with scientists in developing country universities, national and international agricultural research centers, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to jointly pursue scientific investigations to overcome critical agricultural constraints facing today’s global food systems. The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab, for which applications are requested by this RFA, will engage U.S. university capacity to conduct research on livestock systems and address key issues related to livestock value chains, disease management, animal source foods (ASFs) and enabling policies that drive sustainable local and national agricultural productivity and combat food insecurity and undernutrition. The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab is described in more detail in Section I of this RFA.