The United States Agency for International Development (USAID): Inviting applications for ‘Seed Systems Support Activity (S3A)’ to enhance farmers’ access to a full range of seed choices and options to maximize their responsive decision making and planning for production.

Funding brief: The goal of Seed Systems Support Activity (S3A) is to enhance farmers’ access to a full range of seed choices and options to maximize their responsive decision making and planning for production. The Activity seeks to improve functioning of national seed sector in Feed the Future countries and in countries with resilience and emergency seed security programs. By identifying and removing constraints and bottlenecks within the seed systems, the goal is to increase the number of smallholder farmers utilizing quality seeds, including high yielding and stress tolerant commercial and staple crop varieties, in countries with significant Feed the Future and/or emergency seed programming.

The intention is to address seed system constraints that limit the development and uptake of relevant agricultural technologies within and beyond Feed the Future Zones of Influence, by creating self-sustaining, functional seed systems and delivery channels, using market-based approaches, as appropriate to the crop and context. The program will generate tools and approaches to ensure relevant information to guide interventions that reach both the target beneficiaries and smallholder farmers more broadly, and will effectively respond to emerging conditions, especially drought, and mitigate its impacts through planning and smart investments before, during, and after a shock.

S3A Objective one: Capacity of seed systems to sustainably offer quality affordable seeds of improved crop varieties increased.

Improved choice, quality and affordability of seed of yield-enhancing and climate-smart varieties offered to smallholder farmers in formal regulated commercial seed systems and in informal non-regulated seed systems and when deemed appropriate in market-based disaster risk reduction and recovery programs.

S3A Objective two: Collaboration and coordination among all seed systems actions and actors promote self-sustaining, market-oriented systems.

Increased collaboration and coordination for the seed sector: among all seed systems actions, markets, policies, activities, projects, – public, private, development or resilience or emergency and among all seed systems actors increased. (Innovation broker and learning roles).

Donor Name: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Funding name: Seed Systems Support Activity (S3A)
Funding Opportunity Number: 7200AA18RFA00007

Deadline: 23rd, April, 2018, at 10:00 AM ET (Washington, D.C. Time)

Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300555

Funding limit:
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Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,790,000
● Award Ceiling: $20,790,000

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: The estimated start date will be upon the signature of the award.

Project duration: The period of performance anticipated herein is 5 years from date of award.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● 
U.S. and non-US organizations, universities and firms may participate under the NFO.
● Collaborating partners may be contractors or sub-recipients, and applicants should be aware of the distinction between procurement contracts (acquisition) and sub-awards (assistance).
● Contracts are subject to 2 CFR 200.318-326 and the USAID standard provision entitled “USAID
● Eligibility Rules for Goods and Services” (see Section C.3 below). Sub-awards are subject to  CFR 200, 2 CFR 700 and the USAID standard provision entitled “Applicability of  CFR 200 and CFR 700.”
● The recipient’s and sub-recipients’ contractors and subcontractors at all tiers must also meet
● USAID’s supplier nationality requirements described in Section C.3 below. Please note that it is
● USAID policy that no profit (i.e., any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs) is payable under the prime award or under any sub-award (i.e., sub-grants and sub-cooperative agreements, but excluding procurement contracts). However, profit is payable by the prime recipient or a sub-recipient to a contractor/vendor if the recipient or sub-recipient is procuring goods or services in furtherance of the program being supported by the award or sub-award.
● Please refer to the following for additional information:(http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/303sai)
● USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
● Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S.
● Government standards, laws, and regulations. The Recipient must be a responsible entity.
● The AO may determine a pre-award survey is required to conduct an examination that will determine whether the prospective recipient has the necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills – or ability to obtain them – in order to achieve the objectives of the program and comply with the terms and conditions of the award.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Kimberly Tran via email at ktran@usaid.gov and Paul Burford at Pburford@usaid.gov.

Other important link:
● CFR 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards:http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl
● OMB circulars:http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/
● Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients:https://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/303maa
● Standard Provisions for Non-U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients:https://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/303mab
● USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS-303) CFR 700 (USAID’S implementation of CFR 200) AAPD 02-10 Cost Sharing in Grants and Cooperative Agreements to NGOs:http://www.usaid.gov/business/business_opportunities/cib/pdf/aapd02_10.pdf
● Development Clearinghouse:http://dec.usaid.gov/submit_doc.cfm
● Requirements and standard formats/logos for USAID branding requirements:http://www.usaid.gov/branding/assistance-awards/
● Forms; The USAID website provides the necessary forms, which must be signed and dated: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/303mav.pdf
● Standard Forms can be accessed electronically at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15

How to apply:
● Applications must be submitted electronically to Kimberly Tran via email at ktran@usaid.gov and Paul Burford at Pburford@usaid.gov.
● Applications must not be submitted through grants.gov.
● USAID cannot accept e-mails over 25MB in size. If the Application attachments are in excess of that size, then the Applicant must submit over multiple e-mails. For an application sent by multiple e-mails, please ensure the subject lines clearly indicate the NFO number and whether the e-mail relates to the 1) technical application, 2) cost application, or 3) risk assessment. The technical application and the cost application should be submitted as separate email attachments. USAID will not be responsible for errors in compiling electronic applications if instructions are not provided or are unclear. All applications received by the submission deadline will be reviewed for responsiveness to the NFO and the application format. No addition or modifications will be accepted after the submission date.


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