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Request for Applications 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 on Piestar RFx 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 or concerns about the technical content or budget should be written and emailed to by 11:59:59 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (Florida time) before June 15, 2021, using the subject line “LSIL RFA related question”. Answers to the inquiries will be posted here, when available. To maintain fairness and competitiveness, the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) will be unable to answer questions received after the above deadline.

Useful Links

Pre-RFA Webinars

External Resources

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (click for Home page)

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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for 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. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.