Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Lab for Food Systems for Nutrition

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking Concept Notes (CNs) from qualified entities to implement the FtF Innovation Lab for Food Systems for Nutrition program. Eligibility for this award is restricted to U.S. colleges and universities as defined under Section 296(d) of Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA).

Feed the Future Innovation Labs , are led by U.S. Title XII Universities and are intended to be collaborative research programs between U.S. universities and host-country universities or national research institutions. The Innovation Labs are an integral component of USAID’s implementation of the Global Food Security Research Strategy through their leadership and implementation of research and capacity building.

Feed the Future Innovation Labs are designed to bring benefits to both US and developing country stakeholders. Through the establishment of strong relationships with national agricultural research institutions and other public and private partners overseas, U.S. researchers gain access to international knowledge and expertise, raise awareness of the global investment landscape, and appreciate the challenges and technologies used in those countries. Improved strategies for food systems for improved nutrition outcomes approach have broad implications for producers and consumers in both the U.S. and abroad. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Systems for Nutrition (or The Food Systems For Nutrition Innovation Lab) will be responsible for informing both U.S. and developing country stakeholders of new technologies, approaches, interventions and benefits arising from food systems for nutrition research.

The Food System Innovation Lab will design, lead and implement a program of nutritionsensitive food system research and capacity building aimed at addressing the opportunities and challenges, and will additionally serve as a resource to RFS, missions and their partners confronting 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 broadly 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. The Food System for Nutrition Innovation Lab research will be complementary to other existing & previous research investment under Feed the Future such as the Nutrition Innovation, The Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab, The Post-harvest Loss Reduction Innovation Lab (PHLIL), Food Processing Innovation Lab (FPL), the Horticulture Innovation Lab, the Fish Innovation Lab (FIL), Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) to mention few.

There is a limit of one CN per eligible institution.


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants from within Duke should contact dukeiln@duke.edu as early as possible.
  • Concept Note: March 8, 2021
Eligibility Requirements

This program is authorized under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. CNs must only be submitted by eligible U.S. colleges and universities as defined under Section 296(d) of Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended. The eligibility requirements only apply to the leader award holder. The types of subrecipients or subcontractors are unrestricted. The Title XII university-led Feed the Future Innovation Lab programs involve multiple partners, principal of which are U.S. universities, working in collaboration with scientists in developing country universities, national and international research centers, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), to jointly pursue scientific investigations to overcome critical agricultural constraints facing today’s global food systems. All types of U.S. and nonU.S. entities are eligible as collaborating partners (i.e. sub- recipients or contractors at various tiers), provided that they are not excluded from U.S. Government (USG) acquisition and assistance awards (this may be verified through the Government System for Award Management). In preparing the application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that no individuals or organizations proposed for participation in the program are excluded by the USG. After award, it is the Recipient’s responsibility to ensure that no transactions are conducted with excluded parties.