USAID is accepting concept papers for a consortium-style Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Animal Health. The solicitation is an Annual Program Statement (APS), which allows for implementing partners to co-design, alongside USAID and other stakeholders, programmatic solutions to priority development objectives.
The goal of this APS is to provide a framework and mechanism through which BFS will engage with implementing partners to improve animal health in multiple livestock systems. The Bureau for Food Security (BFS) intends to support research for technology development and testing for new, improved animal health interventions such as vaccines, preventative or curative veterinary pharmaceuticals and pen-side diagnostic tests. Additionally, research to develop new or improved animal health interventions may be combines with appropriate market, economic social science, epidemiological, and operational research to determine how best to disseminate or scale the envisioned end product in the defined target region.
The funding opportunity — $6 million over five years with an option to reach $10 million with buy-ins, will build the capacity of local universities in Feed the Future or Resilience countries to do laboratory and laboratory-supported based animal health research as well as to support research for the development and testing of new or improved animal health interventions such as vaccines, preventive or curative veterinary pharmaceuticals, or pen-side diagnostic tests for identified livestock diseases.