Гранты для Центральной Азии по теме «Обеспечение водой для производства продуктов питания»

Последний срок подачи 22 мая 2015 года.

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (Round 3) designed to address barriers to enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution, is now open for applications. The US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invite eligible organizations to respond to this call. This is a global call with estimated budget USD 12.5 million, an additional $2.5 million will be available for innovations implemented in the MENA region.

Grant allocated per project will be in between  $100,000 USD and $3,000,000 USD depending on the type of funding requested for up to three years long project. Innovators can come from anywhere in the world, but implementation must take place in a developing or emerging country. Through Securing Water for Food, the organizers hope to increase both the demand for and availability of innovative water technologies and approaches; increase adoption of those innovations at multiple levels (from small scale farms to large corporations); and improve the sustainability of innovations through robust partnerships and business-to-business relationships.

Focus Areas of Securing Water fr Food Grand Challenge Round Three

  1. Water Efficiency and Reuse
  2. Water Capture and Storage
  3. Salinity and Salt Water Intrusion

Priority Areas

  • Improved technologies for irrigation
  • Real-time water quantity and quality monitoring
  • Postharvest water demand reduction
  • Salinity reduction
  • Agricultural innovations that have a clear and Direct impact on water usage
  • Other water re-use/efficiency/storage activities within the food value chain
  • Business and financial innovations that enable the increased dissemination and adoption of relevant science and technology solutions

Cross-cutting Critical Barriers

  1. The lack of cost-appropriate technologies for use in low-resource settings
  2. Insufficient user-centered design in technology development
  3. Poorly developed supply chains
  4. Lack of distribution networks
  5. High up-front investment costs
  6. Lack of confidence that developing and emerging countries have the market mechanisms necessary for growth
  7. Absence of proper financing tools to adopt innovations
  8. Limited access to information that would enable entrepreneurs to make informed investment,
  9. management, and marketing decisions
  10. Insufficient information and training to farmers and other end users regarding how to use available technologies/innovations

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is open to all organizations regardless of type (e.g. for profit, not-for-profit, academic), size and geographic establishment.
  • Applicants can be for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, foundations, educational, industrial, and academic institutions, civic groups, and regional organizations.
  • All applicants must use the funds to implement the innovation in a developing or emerging country (OECD DAC 1 – 3 country listing). In addition, applicants must either already have a presence in that country or must have a local partner (supporting documentation required).
  • Innovations must directly or indirectly benefit the poor (income, products, environment, opportunities, gender equality). In addition, applications must avoid negative environmental effects and local market distortions.
  • Government entities and individuals are not eligible to apply for funding. Here, publicly-funded universities or universities with government affiliations are not considered governments.
  • Awardees must secure matching funds.
  • Applicants should describe which barriers their innovation will address in their application.
  • Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Securing Water for Food applicants must
    1. Understand the local enabling environment for technology and business innovations.
    2. Promote user-centered design, not technology for the sake of technology.
    3. Build sustainability into the fabric of the program.
    4. Show how their innovation benefits women.
    5. Have a local presence and develop market-driven partnerships.

Application Process

  1. Concept notes on innovations must be submitted by 22 May 2015 as response to this call.
  2. Shortlisted, approximately 80 applicants will be invited to submit full proposal.
  3. Up to top 40 finalists will be interviewed.
  4. Around 15-30 grant awards will be made with a mix of financial and non-financial support.

Contact information:  emwilson@usaid.gov


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