Program Number: 32734
Title: New Alliance ICT Extension Challenge Fund Country Award in Mozambique
Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development
SYNOPSIS: The US Agency for International Development (USAID)
with its partners is considering an award of several Cooperative Agreements or Grants to provide ICT (information and communications
technology) enabled services to contribute to the success of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Mozambique.
Established Date: 06/19/2015
Follow-Up Date: 09/01/2015
Review Date: 06/19/2015
Contact: John Pittman, Agreement Officer
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
Competition under this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) has two phases. Phase I: Questions are due on June 29, 2015 at 5:00PM EDT (Washington, DC local time); Concept Papers are due on July 17, 2015 at 5:00PM EDT (Washington, DC local time). Upon review of the Concept Papers, please note that only the most highly technically qualified applicants will be invited to submit a Phase II Full Application under this NFO.
Award Type(s): General Project
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Locations Tenable: African/South African/Sub-Saharan African Institution
Appl Type(s): Institution, Non-Specific
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $0 SEEBELOW
Duration: 3 YEAR(s)
Indirect Costs: No
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
OBJECTIVES: The objectives for the Fund are as
follows: 1. Award one 3-year grant in each of the New Alliance partner countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and
Tanzania) that will focus on contributing to the achievement of each country?s New Alliance yield targets through ICT-enabled agriculture extension promoting at-scale adoption of the priority agriculture technologies. NOTE: This NFO is specific to the planned Mozambique Country Award. The Fund has already awarded or is in process of awarding grants for the other five New Alliance partner countries mentioned above. 2. Grantees will build on ICT-enabled approaches to agriculture extension services already beyond proof of concept stage and scale them up through public and private sector channels, building on services already operational in specific New Alliance countries or elsewhere. 3. Where possible, grantees will include services that have been proven to have the impact intended. (This will not always be possible given that there have not been rigorous impact evaluations of many ICT-enabled services related to agriculture.) 4. ICT-enabled agriculture extension services are not a substitute for more conventional effective approaches to extension services. ICT Extension Challenge Fund grantees? activities will complement well and be consistent with any public or private (or combinations of these) agricultural extension services provided to contribute to the New Alliance via the SSTP or other sources relevant to the SSTP road map. 5. Grantees? services will (a) contribute to demand creation (e.g., via marketing services), where needed, to convince target agriculture stakeholders to adopt new seeds and other technologies then (b) contribute to their applying the new technologies in ways to meet New Alliance yield targets and consistent
with the SSTP road map. 6. Grantees will consider and include
approaches, as appropriate, that use a variety of types of ICT in combination or separately and that complement other non-ICT approaches to agriculture extension services delivered by the public and private
sectors. 7. Grantees will focus on services that benefit
smallholder farmers directly or indirectly via farmer groups or associations and agribusinesses dealing with smallholder farmers
including seed companies and agrodealers. 8. Grantees will
adapt services, as needed across the 3-year grant period, to reflect learning about what works in their specific country and elsewhere and changes in pricing, availability, and usage of various ICT devices and applications. Such adaptation and innovation may be rewarded with additional grants to the Grantees. See Annex E for more information.
- Services provided by each Grantee will be financially sustainable, to the greatest extent possible, without on-going New Alliance funding and operational beyond the 3-year grant period; will be cost-effective and will leverage the existing ecosystem of agriculture extension services where possible and cost-effective.
Eligible applicants must be an NGO (not-for-profit organization); a private business, services or consulting firm; or a college, university or foundation. For profit businesses must waive profits and/or fees to be eligible to submit a Concept Paper or Application.
US and Non-US Organizations may participate under this NFO.
USAID anticipates awarding one Cooperative Agreement (hereafter called agreement or award) in response to this NFO. Subject to availability of funds, awards will be funded incrementally. USAID expects that approximately $1.7 million will be available for this award made by USAID. The amount of available funding is subject to change and USAID reserves the right to make no award as a result of this NFO. The period of performance anticipated herein is three years.
Source: Grants.gov (06/18/15). (tld)