Welcome to the Securing Water for Food Round 3 Request for Concept Notes!
Are you a scientist, student, entrepreneur, or passionate problem solver interested in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries? Do you have a piloted innovation that you seek to share with others, highlight before experts, publicize, and accelerate?
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invite eligible organizations to respond to the third round of Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.
This Request for Applications (RFA) is a funding competition to source and accelerate innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution. The three areas that are deemed critical to reducing water scarcity in the food value chain are listed as:
Improving water efficiency and reusing agricultural wastewater to significantly extend the productivity of limited water resources.
Effective water capture and storage systems for extending temporal availability of water supply in regions where precipitation is seasonal.
Management of salinity in water supplies, as it is a major threat to food production.
Through this competition, Securing Water for Food anticipates disbursing $12.5 million USD in award funding. Individual awards are expected to be between $100,000 USD and $3,000,000 USD depending on the type of funding requested. The period of performance for individual awards is up to three years; the actual period of performance for each award will be determined at the time of award.
Awards made through this RFA may be in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, or other instruments as appropriate, depending on the nature of the submitting organization and the proposal. The RFA and any future amendments can be downloaded from http://www.grants.gov or the Attachments section below.
A live question-and-answer webinar took place on April 1, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm EDT. For those who could not attend, the responses were recorded here (https://ac.usaid.gov/p84634510/) and are shared on the Securing Water for Food website.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM ET on May 22, 2015.
Have questions about the Securing Water for Food program?
If you have questions about the application process, please click on the Q&A link below. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.