Call for Research Projects to improve Nutrition interventions in East Africa

ECF will award up to three grants in 2019 in one or more of the following East African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Somalia.
Applications are closed

Through its RISE portfolio, ECF funds implementation research on cost-effective, scalable innovations designed to improve nutrition interventions in East Africa.

The RFA is for implementation research projects designed to test innovations and delivery mechanisms with the potential to increase the effectiveness of nutrition interventions and take them to scale in East Africa.

The Eleanor Crook Foundation is a growing U.S. philanthropy committed to research, capacity building, and advocacy to end global malnutrition.

Funding Information

  • ECF will award up to three grants in 2019 in one or more of the following East African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Somalia.
  • Each grant will consist of a maximum award of $1,350,000 for an implementation research project of up to three and a half years duration to test an innovation for its ability to enhance the effectiveness, sustainability and scalability of a nutrition intervention.
  • The three-and-a-half-year time period is flexible but is designed to allow for an expected six-to-eight month start-up phase at minimum, understanding that delays in receiving ethical approval are common, as are other start-up complications.

Geographic Priorities

  • Proposals should focus on one or more of the following East African countries: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia.
  • ECF will accept multi-country proposals, as long as the proposed project implementation and research activities can be feasibly undertaken within the timeline and budget parameters of this RFA.
  • ECF will give strong preference to these countries but is willing to consider other African countries if there is a solid justification for the project implementation and research activities to occur in a non East African country.
  • Applicants’ proposals should focus on activities in a country or countries where applicants have demonstrable comparative advantages and a record of clear past performance.
  • Geographic targets within applicants’ selected country/countries of intervention should be based on demonstrated need or opportunity relative to alternative locations (i.e. clear justification why the applicant selected District X over other Districts).
  • Consideration of need should be balanced with consideration of the applicant’s capacity to quickly ramp up and effectively execute implementation research activities in selected geographies.


Dateline for submission: 25 November 2018


Source: The Eleanor Crook Foundation

Illustration Photo: Integrated rice-aquaculture training in Sierra Leone. (credits: Monica Pasqualino / WorldFish / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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