USAID: Feed the Future Innovation Lab For Food Safety

Deadline: 22 June 2018

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified U.S. colleges and universities to fund a program entitled “Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Food Safety” that is designed to identify and focused on food safety research and capacity development at the smallholder and food systems levels.


  • Ensure the scientific quality of the research portfolio
  • Ensure the relevance of the research and program activities for U.S. and partner country stakeholders,
  • Ensure accountability for program implementation, including financial oversight.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $30,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $30,000,000
  • Award Floor: $1

Areas of Inquiry

The Areas of Inquiry, for this Food Safety Innovation Lab NFO are drawn from three primary sources:

  • A global, “Online e-consultation” was held June 20-21, 2017, to identify critical key constraints and research priorities in food safety and overarching food safety needs, concerns and gaps that will maximize the economic and nutritional benefits for small-scale farmers that derive from agriculture production by:
    • Engaging the global food safety research community in identifying priorities for USAID’s research program;
    • Highlighting the importance of food safety in development programming in agriculture and food security and to Feed the Future in general;
    • Determining the linkages (if any) between the diverse set of stakeholders in food safety, agriculture production system and nutrition communities, and;
    • Reaching out to the broader development community on the role of food safety in agricultural systems.
  • A survey of all existing Feed the Future Innovation lab food safety related activities to identify coverage of food safety in the USAID funded Innovation Labs through review of material and interviews with the Lab leaders (Grace, 20176 )
  • New U.S. government and USAID priorities in Nutritious and safe food production, food security and nutrition (see GFSA and GFSS)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must only be submitted by eligible U.S. colleges and universities as defined under Section 296(d) of Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended:
    • those colleges or universities in each State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, now receiving, or which must hereafter receive, benefits under the Act of July 2, 1862 (known as the First Morrill Act) or the Act of August 30, 1890 (known as the Second Morrill Act), which are commonly known as ‘land-grant’ universities; institutions now designated or which must hereafter be designated as sea-grant colleges under the Act of October 5, 1966 (known as the National Sea Grant College and Program Act), which are commonly known as sea-grant colleges; Native American land-grant colleges as authorized under the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note); and other United States colleges and universities which:
      • have demonstrable capacity in teaching, research, and extension (including outreach) activities in the agricultural sciences;
      • can contribute effectively to the attainment of the objectives of this title.”

How to Apply

Applicants can submit their application via email at the address given on the website.

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