University of Florida

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

Call for Grant Applications

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. 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.

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)

Please click on the following link 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:

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 fran├žaise du texte, cliquez ici: