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Request for Applications 2021

The deadline for Concept Notes was July 6, 2021.

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, presents:

Request for Applications (RFA) for Research and Capacity Building in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda RFA No. AID-OAA-L-15-00003-LSIL-05

This Request for Applications (RFA) focuses on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. The research for development priorities for all target countries were developed based on Phase I (2015-2020) research findings and stakeholder consultations between September 2020 and March 2021.

All subaward projects funded in response to this RFA should be designed to directly or indirectly improve the nutritional status and health of vulnerable households and livestock producers, especially pregnant and lactating women and children, with climate-smart approaches or technologies.

Proposals must be from institutions not individuals. A key requirement of all proposals is collaboration between a research agency or university in the target country and a research organization or university in the US or a Western country and a private sector or government scaling partner.

Important Dates

Release date June 1, 2021
Deadline for submission of written questions June 15, 2021
Posting of responses to written questions June 17, 2021
Deadline for submission of concept notes for Reach and Focus projects July 6, 2021
Notification about acceptance of concept notes and invitation to submit full proposal Approximately 2 weeks after concept note submission
Deadline for submission of full proposals 6 weeks after invitation

Application Instructions & Submission

Click to download a PDF with the proposal and application instructions:

To submit an application, click: Piestar Proposal system. The direct link is

All Concept Notes and Full Proposals must be submitted via the Piestar RFx proposal platform. To submit, the PI will need to create for a free account at and follow the detailed submission instructions. If you have technical difficulties with your submission, click on “Help” within Piestar RFx. Proposals and/or supporting documents (e.g., budgets, supporting letters) that are submitted via e-mail will not be accepted.

Questions & Answers

Click here for a PDF of answers to submitted questions: LSIL_RFA_Phase II_Q&A

The time period to submit inquiries regarding this RFA is now closed. Only questions submitted up until June 15, 2021 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time were reviewed and answered.

Useful Links

Pre-RFA Webinars

External Resources

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#060115.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.