USAID is sharing a draft of the program description for a new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Research, Capacity and Policy Influence and soliciting feedback. The agency is NOT requesting applications at this time – only comments.

The purpose of the award is to advance food security policy through high quality, relevant research from credible and sound country and regional policy research institutions with an interest in food security-related policy research, including research related to agriculture, nutrition, and risk and resilience. The innovation lab will do this by strengthening the capacities of select country and regional research institutions and implement a global research agenda.

The notice-of-funding-opportunity announcement is expected in September and the award in March 2019. The program could be worth $61 million with $17 million in leader funding and $44 million in associate awards.

The prime awardee will be a U.S. university, but USAID also seeks comments from African, Asian, and Latin American regional or national food security policy-related think tanks, policy analysis units, university departments, or others that have insight on how best to expand the policy research capacity.

Send comments to  Kelly Miskowski in USAID’s grants and contracts office (

The deadline to comment is 19 June.

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