Call for proposals: Global Feed the Future Agricultural Biotechnology Program

The program aims to develop and implement a global program of agricultural biotechnology activities according to specific country and regional priorities. The award ceiling for this program is US$20 million.
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks applicants to put the Global Feed the Future Agricultural Biotechnology Program into action. The program aims to develop and implement a global program of agricultural biotechnology activities according to specific country and regional priorities. All types of organizations, including public, private, for-profit, or nonprofit organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, or multilateral or international donor organizations are eligible to apply. The award ceiling for this program is US$20 million. 
 
Commodities that will receive prioritized consideration for BFS/ARP funding, including under this Addendum to the Agricultural Biotechnology APS, include:
  • Cereals (maize, rice, wheat, sorghum, millet)
  • Legumes (common bean, cowpea, peanut/groundnut, soya)
  • Roots, tubers, and bananas (potato, cassava, banana)
  • Horticulture crops (emphasis on horticultural species of broad global or regional relevance to smallholders)
  • Livestock (poultry, cattle, small ruminants, fish, dairy)
 
By aligning agricultural biotechnology investments around these prioritized commodities in GFSS target and aligned countries, USAID/BFS/ARP aims to leverage complementary USAID, donor, and partner-country investments already focused on the relevant input systems, value chains, and underlying innovation and market systems thereby maximizing the impact of any global agricultural biotechnology awards USAID/BFS/ARP issues under this APS.
 
As a purely illustrative example, over a five-year period, BFS/ARP might aim to fund between five and 11 activities to meet the objectives of the Agricultural Biotechnology for Food Security Program:
 
a. Technical Objective 1: Biotechnology Product Development
  • 3-5 awards of ~$0.5-10 million each, for research proof-of-concept and product development activities, or for USAID contributions to larger multi-donor projects.
  • 1-3 awards of ~$10-20 million each, for multi-country activities at the advanced product development, regulatory, or scaling/dissemination phases.
b. Technical Objective 2: Biotechnology Enabling Environment
  • 1-3 awards of ~$1-20 million each, for activities that address the agricultural biotechnology enabling environment.
 
Concept notes must be submitted by the deadline of 17 January 2020.
 
Source: USAID

Illustration Photo: Projects funded through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, funded though USAID and established at Kansas State University, are aimed to help improve the adaptation and resilience of these crops in East and West Africa. (credits: K-State Research and Extension / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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