Deadline: 10 October 2016
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the South African Department of Science and Technology, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are seeking applications from eligible organizations for a program entitled “Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (Round 4)” with an aim to source and accelerate innovations that will 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.
Securing Water for Food focuses on the water/food nexus. Through this program, the funding partners are seeking innovations that will improve water availability and efficiency along the food value chain, thus boosting food security, alleviating poverty, and stimulating inclusive growth. Innovators can come from anywhere in the world, but implementation must take place in a developing or emerging country.
Through Securing Water for Food, they hope to increase both the demand for and availability of innovative water technologies and approaches; increase adoption of those innovations at multiple levels (from small scale farms to large corporations); and improve the sustainability of innovations through robust partnerships and business-to-business relationships.
- Water Efficiency and Reuse: especially targeted at the food value chain. This will become a greater necessity as water availability is threatened by competition between industrial, agricultural, and energy uses. Improving water efficiency and reuse has tremendous potential water-saving benefits that may have multiplier effects at various levels of a country’s economy.
- Water Capture and Storage: These systems are in high demand in many regions where rain occurs at limited times. With projected increases in rainfall variability due to climate change and increased demands for food production, capture and storage systems at various scales are needed to secure water supplies throughout the year and build resiliency to drought and floods.
- Salinity and Salt Water Intrusion: In coastal areas, over-pumping and rising sea levels are leading to saltwater intrusion, forcing farmers to use marginal quality water for irrigation. With more than 30% of the world’s population living in coastal areas and drawing food supply from fertile deltas, urgent solutions are required to reduce the impacts of salinity on the quality of aquifers and food production.
- The estimated ceiling for this RFA is $7.5 Million USD from Securing Water for Food.
- Subject to the availability of funds, the individual Award(s) will range from $100,000 to $2,000,000. It is anticipated that 5-15 proposals will be funded.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to participate in the third call for Securing Water for Food:
- Type – Securing Water for Food is open to all organizations regardless of type (e.g. for profit, not-for-profit, academic).
- Size – Securing Water for Food is open to all organizations / companies regardless of size. It encourages applications from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) around the world.
- Location – Implementation must take place in a developing or emerging country.
- Language– Applications responses must be written in English.
- Matching funds – Awardees must secure matching funds.
- Local presence – All applicants must use the funds to implement the innovation in a developing or emerging country. In addition, applicants must either already have a presence in that country or must have a local partner (supporting documentation required).
- Impact – Innovations must have a direct linkage between water and the food value chain. In addition, innovations must directly or indirectly benefit the poor (income, products, and opportunities). In addition, applications must contribute to gender equality and avoid negative environmental effects and local market distortions.
How to Apply
The program has a two-stage process for grant applications.
- Stage-1 Concept Papers: Interested applicants must send the concept papers.
- Stage-2 Full Proposal: Following submission of the Concept Note, a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. The Full Proposal is meant to provide evaluators with in-depth information about the innovation.
For more information, visit grants.gov.