LASER PULSE, the Long-term Assistance and Services for Research Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine, at Purdue University has issued a request for proposals for innovative research – and associated research translation – focused on development challenges in the areas of Basic Education, Food Security, and Water Security in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania).  Basic Education funding is limited to Kenya and Uganda only.

Four to six grants, totaling $1 million, will be awarded for 12 to 24 months of research and translation.

The deadline to submit questions on the RFA is October 11. Webinars will be held on Oct. 17 and 18 to discuss questions, and the deadline for concept notes is November 15 at 2 pm GMT.

LASER PULSE is a five-year program implemented by a consortium made up of Purdue University (lead institution), the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Makerere University, and Catholic Relief Services. LASER PULSE is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement 7200AA18CA00009.

For programmatic questions, please email Betty Bugusu at . For more info, go to

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