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Posted: 4/18/2022

Agricultural Biotechnology for Global Food Security APS

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to notify qualified organizations about forthcoming opportunities to implement the Agricultural Biotechnology for Global Food Security program described in this Annual Program Statement (APS), and in further detail under published Addenda to this APS. Please note that this APS describes the overarching program USAID is interested in funding in this space, however, funding opportunities will be available only at the Addendum level, and will be published separately on www.grants.gov. 

USAID intends to issue multiple awards by way of funded Addenda to the applicant(s) who best meets the objectives based on the general merit review criteria described in this APS and the more specific criteria outlined in subsequent Addenda. Eligible parties interested in responding to a given Addendum are encouraged to thoroughly read this APS and the relevant Addendum to understand the type of program sought, application submission requirements, and the selection process. Eligibility for awards resulting from Addenda under this APS is not restricted. 

For the purposes of this APS, “Agricultural Biotechnology” refers to the technologies used for the deliberate manipulation of an organism to introduce, remove, or modify one or more heritable characteristics of a product for agricultural use; and to overcome natural physiological reproductive or recombination barriers, with emphasis on in vitro nucleic acid techniques, including recombinant DNA or direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles. Examples include, but are not limited to, “traditional” genetic engineering (GE) approaches (e.g.., transgenic organisms, genetically modified organisms, living modified organisms, etc.), and emerging approaches for gene editing and precision breeding (e.g., CRISPR-Cas9, TALENs, zinc-finger nucleases, etc.). 

Within the scope of this definition of Agricultural Biotechnology, USAID includes under this Agricultural Biotechnology APS all potential applications of agricultural biotechnology as a tool to achieve global food security objectives—ranging from crop improvement, livestock and veterinary applications, agricultural pest and disease control, to food safety and processing, and beyond.

The overarching purpose of the Feed the Future Agricultural Biotechnology for Food Security Program is to enable developing-country partners to apply agricultural biotechnology to advance global food security, in support of the strategic and cross-cutting objectives of the GFSS. 

Closing Date: November 20, 2020

Areas of Interest

ADDENDUM #1 (No. 7200AA20RFA00002): Global Feed the Future Agricultural Biotechnology Program 

Closing Date: January 17, 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from qualified entities to implement the Global Feed the Future Agricultural Biotechnology program described in this Addendum (#1) to the Agricultural Biotechnology for Global Food Security Annual Program Statement (APS). Eligibility for awards is not restricted. 

The purpose of this Addendum is to allow USAID/BFS/ARP to develop and implement a global program of agricultural biotechnology activities consistent with the purpose and objectives described in the overarching Agricultural Biotechnology APS, as well as the geographic and technical scope indicated in this Addendum. To accomplish this, the Addendum establishes a cocreation process whereby USAID seeks extensive communication with prospective partners in order to jointly explore and define key challenges and problems, identify new and existing solutions, build consensus around areas for action, and/or refine plans to move forward with programs, projects, and activities pertaining to agricultural biotechnology.

Eligibility Requirements

Unless otherwise specified in a given Addendum, all types of organizations may apply to Addenda issued under this Agricultural Biotechnology APS―including public, private, forprofit, or nonprofit organizations; public international organizations; non-governmental organizations; U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations; and multilateral or international donor organizations. Therefore, eligibility to respond to Addenda under this APS is not restricted. All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the APS as well as the specific Addendum.