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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems Call for Grant Applications

For French speakers:

The language of the RFA is English and the applications must be submitted in English. As a convenience to French speakers, the LSIL Management Entity has provided the main RFA document and Appendix 4 (Description of the priorities for Burkina Faso and Niger) also in French. In case of any inconsistencies between the English-language original documents and the French-language translations, the English language meaning will prevail.

Pour la version française du texte, cliquez ici.


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) funds to establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (LSIL) and to act as its Management Entity (ME) in October 2015. This five-year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award No. AID-OAA-L-15-00003 supports USAID’s agricultural research and capacity building work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), with its wealth of research experience in the developing countries, is the UF/IFAS partner in LSIL.

The overall aim of the LSIL is to enhance the production, marketing, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) in the target countries in order to increase the incomes, livelihoods, nutrition, and health of households, especially those of vulnerable women and children. This will be achieved by introducing new location-appropriate technologies, by improving management practices, skills, knowledge, capacity, and access to and quality of inputs across livestock value chains, and by supporting the development of a policy environment that fosters sustainable intensification and increased profitability of smallholder livestock systems.

The target countries for this Request for Applications (RFA) are BURKINA FASO AND NIGER.

The LSIL will draw on the expertise of institutes, universities, and organizations in Burkina Faso, Niger, USA and other countries, through competitively-funded, multi-disciplinary, integrated, and applied research and capacity-building projects. The competitive subaward projects will address country-specific research and capacity building priorities that were developed in a participatory manner with key local and national stakeholders in Burkina Faso and Niger.

Types of Grants

The following types of grants will be funded:

  1. Reach Grants: Two Reach grants will be awarded for this RFA. These are longer term, large grants for projects lasting up to 3 years and 2 months with budgets of up to $850,000. In exceptional, well-justified cases up to $1,000,000 may be awarded. The funding limit for Reach grant proposals that involve two target countries (Burkina Faso and Niger) is $1,250,000. Reach grant applications involve a two-step process consisting of initial concept notes, followed by full proposals by applicants of top-ranked concept notes.
  2. Focus Grants: Four Focus grants will be awarded for this RFA. These are smaller grants for proof of concept studies or research for development bridging studies providing immediate or near-term (within one year) impact. These projects will last for 3 months to one year and will have budgets of up to $150,000. The funding limit for Focus grants that involve two countries (Burkina Faso and Niger) is $200,000. Focus grants are awarded through a one-step process involving only the submission of a full proposal.

Request for Applications (RFA) Documents

Please click on the following links for the RFA and its appendices:

Important Dates

Release date April 14, 2017
Deadline for submission of written questions April 24, 2017
Date for posting of responses to written questions April 26, 2017
Webinar to discuss additional questions April 28, 2017
Deadline for submission of Reach grant concept notes May 14, 2017
Deadline for submission of selected Reach grant
concept notes as full proposals
July 6, 2017
Deadline for submission of Focus grant proposals May 26, 2017

Submission Guidelines

All concept notes and full proposals must be submitted in English via the Piestar Proposals System at https://proposals.piestar.com/opportunities/livestock. Once you select the type of grant you want to apply for in Piestar at the above website, you will need to create an account and follow the detailed submission instructions. If you have technical difficulties, click on "Help" to submit a help request to Piestar. E-mail submissions of concept notes and proposals will not be accepted.

Submission of Questions

The time period to submit inquiries regarding this RFA is now closed. Only questions submitted up until the deadline of April 24, 2017 at 11:59:59 pm US Eastern Daylight Time were reviewed and answered.

Written answers to questions received by the above deadline can be found in Amendment Number 1 to the RFA: Amendment No.1

Question and Answer Session for Full Reach Grant Proposals Only

In order to maintain the integrity of the competitive process, faculty or staff of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab will only provide written answers to written inquiries about the RFA that are submitted to the e-mail address livestock-lab@ufl.edu by the deadline of June 14, 2016 at 8:00 am U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Please note that USAID staff, including Mission staff, will be unable to advise or provide information to potential applicants that will be used in preparing a proposal.

There will be a final opportunity to submit written RFA-related questions for concept notes which have been selected to be developed into full proposals. All written questions must be received no later than June 14, 2016 at 8:00 am U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Questions must be in writing and submitted in English* and only to livestock-lab@ufl.edu using the subject line “Question for LSIL RFA.” Sensitive or proprietary information should not be included in the questions. Please note that answers will be posted in English, with an indicative French translation, online on this website (http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/) as an amendment to this RFA, without indicating the source of the question.

*To ensure correct interpretation of the questions, French speakers can submit the French version of the question/comment in addition to its English translation.

To view the answers to questions submitted by June 14, 2016, visit our website: http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/funding-opportunities/.

Amendments to the RFA

Amendments to this RFA will be posted in English at http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/. If this RFA is amended, all terms and conditions that are not amended remain unchanged.

Amendment No.1 to the RFA is now available here: Amendment No.1. This amendment consists of the two documents listed below. The purpose of Amendment No.1 is to:

Amendment No.2 to the RFA is not availble here: Amendment No.2. The purpose of Amendment No.2 is to:

Please feel free to share this information with organizations that may be interested in this RFA No. RFA AIDOAA-L-15-00003-LSIL-03.

Live Webinar Question and Answer Session

On April 28, 2017 the LSIL Management Entity will offer an opportunity to ask RFA-related questions at a live virtual webinar session that will take place from 09:00 am to 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Details on how to participate in the webinar will be posted on this website by April 26, 2017. Please note that the webinar session will be conducted in English.

A recording of the webinar will be made available afterwards. Written answers to questions, which were not answered during the webinar will also be posted in English on this website as an amendment to the RFA.

How to participate in the Webinar

To join the live webinar, please click on the following link: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/5a5baddcc3034af6bee8ccba92943a4b1d

A recording of the webinar will be made available within two days of the webinar. Written answers to questions which were not answered during the webinar will also be posted on this website as an amendment to the RFA. To access the recording, please click on the webinar’s link above.

To view the live webinar recording, please click here.

Additional Information

The LSIL has prepared briefs that provide background information on some Areas of Inquiry (AOI) or Cross-cutting Themes (CCT) in the context of Burkina Faso and Niger that may help with the development of the proposal. These will be available at http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/ and their topics are listed below.

Burkina Faso


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