USAID: Inviting applications for Funding Opportunity Title -‘Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development – Regional Innovation Hubs’ to expand the scale of innovations that impact the sectors food and water, food and energy or all three sectors of the nexus (food, water, energy) to increase the sustainability of agricultural food value chains, improving energy and water efficiency as well as to improve climate resilient agriculture in developing countries and emerging markets in accordance with the SDGs, with a particular focus on the poor and women.

Funding brief: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is issuing this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to seek participants to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate on research and development interventions to address the Water and Energy for Food (WE4F): A Grand Challenge for Development Regional Innovation Hubs. USAID invites organizations and companies to submit an Expression of Interest, as provided below.

The intent of the BAA is to allow co-creation and co-design to the maximum extent to create high quality, effective partnerships with great efficiency in time and resources. USAID will invite selected for-profit and non-profit, public and private organizations, as detailed below, to co-create research and development (R&D) solutions to the Problem and Challenge Statements stated in this BAA, including those organizations that have ideas, expertise, resources, and/or funding to add to potential solutions.

Co-Investing: USAID wants to align goals with the partners under this BAA, to facilitate shared responsibility, shared risk, and shared resourcing. Shared resourcing requires that cash and other resources, both tangible and intangible, such as in-kind contributions, expertise, intellectual property, brand value, high-value coordination, and access to key people, places, and information, are directed towards reaching the solution to the Problem/Challenge. Co-investing does not require equal shared resources (such as 1:1 leverage), but rather resource contributions that are appropriate to the specific project’s objectives, considering the comparative advantages brought by the participation of each party.

The Water and Energy for Food (“WE4F”) challenge fund is a partnership between the Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Government of Germany (BMZ), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (hereafter the partners11). Through WE4F, the partners want to expand the scale of innovations that impact the sectors food and water, food and energy or all three sectors of the nexus (food, water, energy) to increase the sustainability of agricultural food value chains, improving energy and water efficiency as well as to improve climate resilient agriculture in developing countries and emerging markets in accordance with the SDGs, with a particular focus on the poor and women.

To achieve this goal, the effort must include partners from the private sector, NGOs, other research institutions, and other donors who share the common goal of increasing food production through sustainable water and energy usage. A key consideration of this effort is to ensure that feedback loops are created that integrate local conditions and new knowledge into both national and international policy and decision-making as well as to integrate capacity development, knowledge management and financial and non-financial instruments in a smart way to create an enabling environment in the partner countries.

Funding Opportunity Number: WE4F-7200AA20R00004

Donor Name: USAID
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: All “expression of interest” proposals must be in English and timestamped no later than 5:00pm (Washington, DC local time), Monday December, 9th, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: $15,000,000

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Expressions of Interest must demonstrate the potential to have a significant impact (e.g. breakthroughs, not incremental improvements), that ultimately could achieve that even greater impact at scale. Specifically, expressions of interest must:
Identify and fund at least 40 new WE4F enterprises to receive grants, technical assistance, investment facilitation, and/or loans/repayable grants over a 3-5-year timeframe.
Help a minimum of 25% of supported WE4F enterprises sustainably impact 100,000 customers/end users (of which 25,000 are women customers/end-users) over a 3-5-year timeframe.
Through WE4F enterprises, help farmers increase food production, while significantly /more efficiently reducing water/energy use.
Must increase investments to WE4F enterprises by at least US $20M over a 3-5-year timeframe.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA. All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

Eligible Country: The programme will support innovations targeting both rural and urban food production in all countries and territories on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/Development Assistance Committee list of Official Development Assistance recipients including fragile states, coastal areas and SIDS. In the beginning, WE4F will concentrate its activities on Africa, Asia and the MENA region. The expansion of the geographical coverage to more regions can, however, occur in the future, if this is deemed relevant by the supporting donors.

Submission mail: WE4F@usaid.gov

Other important link:
Co-creation and its design approaches: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the following steps.

Expression of Interest Information should:
Be in English,
Be in a presentation of no more than 20 slides in length, and no smaller than 12-point font;
Be submitted electronically to WE4F@usaid.gov
Contain a header slide with the following information (included in the page count):
 Respondent Name/Group and Contact Information;
 Response Title;
 BAA Addendum Name/Number;
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