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International Funding Alert April 2015

Title: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Agriculture & Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and change challenge area.
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline: April 2, 2015 (Letter of Intent) June 4, 2015 (Application)
Location: Global
Amount: $6,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274624
Summary: This Challenge Area Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US. Food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity and USDA has a unique responsibility for the food system in the United States. This program is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program supports Multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.
Title: Improving food security & resilience through agriculture disaster risk reduction programs in Guatemala
Sponsor: Agency for International Development
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Location: Guatemala
Amount: $1,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275949
Summary: Pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA), the United States Government (USG), as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is seeking full applications to support or stimulate the activities described in this Annual Program Statement (APS). The broad goals of this APS are to: i. Build resilience at the household and community level to cyclical droughts (as well as to floods that sometimes follow droughts); ii. Reduce the likelihood of food insecurity at the household level during drought events; iii. Provide humanitarian assistance through mitigation programming which will be used as a foundation for long-term development; [PLEASE REFER TO THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MORE DETAILS ON THIS APS REQUIREMENT.]
Title: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: May 22, 2015
Location: Global
Amount: TBD
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&org=IIA&from=home
Summary: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
Title: Securing Water for Food
Sponsor: Agency for International Development
Deadline: May 22, 2015
Location: Global
Amount: $3,000,000
Website: http://www.securingwaterforfood.org/round-3-call-3/
Summary: Through Grand Challenges for Development (GCD), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners are sourcing, selecting, and accelerating science, technology, and business model innovations that have the potential to achieve large-scale development impact. Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (SWFF) is part of a portfolio of 6 GCDs, each tackling a critical and complex development challenge. SWFF's objective is to enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution in developing and
emerging countries.
Title: Request for Proposals for Water Conservation Research, Demonstration & Education
Sponsor: High Plains Underground Water Conversation District
Deadline: May 22, 2015
Location: High Plains
Amount: TBD
Website: http://www.hpwd.org/grants
Summary: The High Plains Water District is pleased to announce a request for proposals on water conservation research, demonstration, and education for 2015-2016. Proposals are welcome from all interested parties addressing projects that will benefit the High Plains Water District and its residents.
Title: Media and Communication Training for Women Politicians/Activists
Sponsor: U.S. Mission to Afghanistan
Deadline: May 27, 2015
Location: Afghanistan
Amount: $700,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275854
Summary: The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). PAS Kabul invites all eligible organizations to submit a proposal for Media and Communication Training for Women Politicians/Activists. This project will provide training for Afghan women politicians/activists in communications and media relations, with a focus on bolstering their practical skills in the areas of messaging, public presentation and media relations. The successful applicant will develop and deliver a training program that will include: basic communications and media relations skills, including how to develop an effective message; how to develop an effective media outreach plan; how to develop materials that are used in press, such as press releases, charts and other visual aids; how to develop strong relationships with members of the media (print, TV and radio); and how to use Twitter and other social media (SM) platforms to project a message to the media or public and to build communities of supporters among social media users.
Title: Youth Leadership Programs with Algeria, Belarus, Iraq, the Philippines, and Russia
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Deadline: June 05, 2015
Location: Multiple
Amount: $1,200,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275898
Summary: The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for five distinct, single-country Youth Leadership Programs with Algeria, Belarus, Iraq, the Philippines, and Russia. U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to provide youth with four-week exchanges in the United States focused on the primary themes of civic education, leadership development, respect for diversity, and community engagement and to support the implementation of service projects in their home communities. Each program, with the exception of the Youth Leadership Programs with Belarus and Russia, will also engage approximately 3-5 adult educators/community leaders in programming alongside youth participants. Competitively selected U.S. secondary students will join participants in U.S.-based exchange activities on the Belarus and Iraq programs. It is the Bureau's intent to award five, separate cooperative agreements (one per program), for an estimated total of approximately $4,680,000 (one base year plus two non-competitive continuations per program, pending the availability of funding).
Title: Central African Republic Peacebuilding Partnership
Sponsor: Agency for International Development
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Location: Central Africa
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269348
Summary: The following list of potential applicants is not exhaustive and is provided for illustrative purposes only. USAID welcomes applications from many types of organizations including U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses, business and trade associations, foundations, U.S. and non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, international organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities, civic groups, regional organizations, etc. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. An individual cannot apply as an applicant.If an international partner is interested in applying, they must collaborate with and include a local non-governmental organization registered with the Central African Republic Government or a local community civil society organization/association as a partner in the proposed alliance.
Title: The Innovation Fund for Improving Food Security in Ethiopia (IFSE) Agency for International Development
Sponsor: Ethiopia ISAID-Addis Ababa
Deadline: August 15, 2015
Location: Ethiopia
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=260648
Summary: USAID would like to partner with the private sector, education and research institutions (and organizations working with them) towards improving food security in Ethiopia. This initiative will be used to identify and test innovations that produce cost effective and scalable solutions to addressing the problems Ethiopian households face with regards to food insecurity. The overall objective of this effort is to find ways to accelerate and reduce food insecurity and malnutrition across Ethiopia. For the purpose of this APS, the term "Grant" is synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" is synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" is synonymous with "Agreement Office". This APS is USAID/Ethiopia's invitation to the private sector1 and research institutions, both internationally as well as locally, to work together towards finding solutions that improve the lives of chronically food insecure people. Any private sector or research institutions that are interested in collaborating with USAID in this area should read this APS in its entirety and submit a concept note to USAID/Ethiopia. Such nontraditional partners2 should also make contact with persons indicated at USAID/Ethiopia to discuss any questions they may have with regards to this APS or on how to partner with USAID. This APS is also USAID's invitation to other types of organizations, to engage and partner with private sector stakeholders in addressing innovative solutions to the problems of food insecurity in Ethiopia. USAID encourages such organizations to reach out to the privet sector (as defined in this APS) and explore ways to collaborate before applying to this fund. In line with USAID's global development model, by inviting the private sector to identify ways we can work together, and by encouraging other organizations to work with the private sector to do the same, the Agency seeks to foster a diverse array of results-focused, high impact alliances across a variety of development problems. This Annual Program Statement is not a Request for Applications (RFA) or a Request for Proposals (RFP). This APS requests Concept Paper which outlines the innovation ideas and proposed collaboration. Based on those Concept Papers, USAID will determine whether to request a full application from an appropriate partner to further develop the proposed collaboration. There is a two-stage application process consisting of the submission of an initial concept paper and then, upon invitation by USAID/Ethiopia, the submission of a full application. The evaluation of the concept papers will be made after receipt of the first round of concept papers by September 15, 2014. USAID/Ethiopia will accept second round of concept papers if all those submitted at the first round are not acceptable. If it is determined that the answer to any questions(s) is of importance all prospective recipients will be notified via amendment to the APS. For the purposes of this APS, the term "Grant" is synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" is synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" is synonymous with "Agreement Officer". Applicants under consideration for an award that have never received funding from USAID will be subject to a pre-award audit to determine fiscal responsibility, ensure adequacy of financial controls and establish an indirect cost rate. USAID will accept Concept Papers on a rolling basis over a one year period and will make decisions on a biannual basis based on the concept papers received. Award will be made to responsible applicants whose applications best meets the requirements of this APS and the criteria contained herein. Issuance of this APS does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the United States Government, nor does it commit the United States Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Subject to the availability of funds, the anticipated total federal funding amount USAID intends to set aside is approximately $2,000,000 over a three year period. The period of performance for awards made as a result of this APS is a minimum of two and maximum of three years. USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.
Title: Brazil Partnership Development Program Agency for International Development
Sponsor: Peru USAID-Lima
Deadline: August 19, 2015
Location: Peru
Amount: $2,500,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274694
Summary: To create new partnerships to support USAID/Brazil’s Environmental priorities in the areas of biodiversity conservation; protection of indigenous lands and natural resources; and applied biodiversity science, technology and innovation.

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