USAID/BAA: Harnessing Local Innovations, Expertise and Partnerships to Solve Development Challenges in Asia

Deadline: 3 March 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from the eligible organizations and companies for its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Harnessing Local Innovations, Expertise and Partnerships to Solve Development Challenges in Asia to seek opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions that address development challenges in Asia.

The USAID is inviting interested parties to partner with USAID to identify leap frog or other new technologies, innovative solutions, and promising program approaches that can solve development problems in the Asia region. This BAA seeks to incorporate innovative ideas and unorthodox partnerships that can achieve sustainable results.

Criteria for Consideration

The points below will need to be addressed in order to be considered:

  • How does the proposed idea/approach advance one or more of USAID’s areas of interest as articulated?
  • How does the proposed idea/approach introduce a fresh perspective, and/or nontraditional solution for achieving one of USAID’s areas of interests?
  • How does the proposed idea/approach demonstrate the potential for significant impact?
  • How does the proposed idea/approach include ideas for collaborative financing/costsharing, including local financing?
  • How is the proposed idea/approach technically sound and grounded in evidence and analysis?
  • Is the proposed idea/approach feasible? Is the context in for which the proposed idea/approach will be piloted and scaled clear and realistic?
  • The reputations of organizations, their past performance, and the managerial and technical ability of the person or team engaged in the endeavor are significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

How to Apply

Application process consists of two stages:

  • Expression of Interest: Interested applicants must submit an expression of Interest. EOI must indicate the research or development idea which will work towards discovering potential solutions the Problem and Challenge Statement(s) by increasing knowledge and understanding of potential solutions, exploiting scientific discoveries or improvements in technology, materials, processes, methods, devices, or techniques, advancing the state of the art, or using scientific and technical knowledge in the design, development, testing, or evaluation of a potential new product or service (or of an improvement in an existing product or service).
  • Concept Papers: For Expressions of Interest which are deemed to have merit by USAID and pass criteria/eligibility stated within the BAA and/or specific addenda, USAID will issue an invitation to collaborate to the potential partner(s).

Eligible Countries

Bangladesh, Burma, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

For more information, visit USAID Broad Agency Announcement.

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