USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems: Enhancing the Production and Consumption of Animal-Source Foods

Deadline for Reach Grants: 14 May 2017
Deadline for Focus Grants: 26 May 2017

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is seeking applications from eligible organizations for its Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (LSIL) programme, awarded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with an aim 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.

This will be achieved by introducing new location-appropriate technologies, by improving management practices, skills, knowledge, capacity, and access to and quality of inputs across livestock value chains, and by supporting the development of a policy environment that fosters sustainable intensification and increased profitability of smallholder livestock systems.


  • Support the development of innovations and the adaptation of existing strategies and technologies, as well as the associated human and institutional capacity, to enhance the productivity and profitability of ASF value chains and the preservation, consumption, and safety of ASF.
  • Promote an enabling and inclusive environment and the associated human and institutional capacity that ensures the ASF value chains are positioned to meet the increasing demand for nutritious and safe ASF and to increase the incomes of the vulnerable.

Types of Grants

  • 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. Reach grant applications involve a two-step process consisting of initial concept notes, followed by full proposals by applicants of top-ranked concept notes.
  • 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. Focus grants are awarded through a one-step process involving only the submission of a full proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This competition is open to any qualified research, educational, governmental, private sector, or nonprofit institution that either has or that collaborates with an organization that has a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and is registered in the System for Award Management.
  • All recipients and subrecipients must be able to maintain accounting controls in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
  • Non-U.S. institutions must have accounting controls in place to meet the requirements of USAID ADS 303.
  • The status of eligible organizations must be verifiable against the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) and Blocked Persons and the United Nations Security Designation List.

How to Apply

All concept notes and full proposals must be submitted in English via the Piestar Proposals System at the given website.

Eligible Countries: Burkina Faso and Niger.

For more information, please visit LSIL Programme.

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