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USAID taking proposals for new food systems lab

USAID is accepting concept notes to implement the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Systems for Nutrition program.

The Food System Innovation Lab will design, lead and implement a program of nutrition-sensitive food-system research and capacity-building aimed at addressing opportunities and challenges, and will serve as a resource to the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS), missions and their partners on the role of food systems in inclusive economic growth, nutrition, food safety, and a nutrition-sensitive approaches, gender-sensitive and youth-inclusive development, and resilience.

The Food System for Nutrition Innovation Lab is expected to help implement and communicate impact pathways from nutrition-sensitive food systems research to development outcomes through partnerships with USAID mission-supported value chain programs, national partners, private companies and associations, community-based organizations and other donors and their programs.

The Innovation Lab will deliver on this vision by a) strengthening the capacities of select country and regional research institutions to undertake research that is relevant and sound, to communicate findings in ways that are more likely to influence government partners, policy makers, and practitioners, while b) implementing an integrated country, regional and global research agenda.

Only U.S. colleges and universities are eligible for the award, which is $25 million to $39.9 million. The deadline to submit concept notes is March 8. Go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html and search for Funding Opportunity 7200AA21RFA00007.