USAID/Eastern and Southern Caribbean Science, Technology, Innovations, and Partnerships

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

This Broad Mission Announcement (BMA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions that support USAID Development Objectives that implement projects to: (1) reduce youth involvement in crime and violence; (2) reduce risks and adapt to the impacts of global climate change; and (3) achieve epidemic control of HIV/AIDS throughout the region, which are outlined in the USAID/ESC Regional Development Cooperation Strategy 2015-2019 (RDCS)1 . In accordance with individual Critical Problem Addenda (See Section III B) issued under this BMA, organizations and companies are invited to participate with USAID in scientific activities, innovations, technologies, and partnerships that further these Development Objectives. 

This BMA serves to inform the public of the opportunity for possible funding for science, technology, innovation, and partnerships related to implementing projects to: (1) reduce youth involvement in crime and violence; (2) reduce risks and adapt to the impacts of global climate change; and/or (3) achieve epidemic control of HIV/AIDS throughout the region. Actual opportunities for funding and partnering will be issued as Critical Problem Addenda to this BMA. Responses to the BMA will be considered only after a Critical Problem Addendum has been issued. The terms of the BMA apply to each Critical Problem Addendum. Individual Critical Problem Addenda will have specific requirements for evaluation criteria and administrative information, such as the requirements for Expressions of Interest, Concept Papers, and response deadlines. 

USAID’s work in the ESC region directly supports United States foreign policy priorities, fortifying efforts to stem crime and violence and sustain development gains achieved over the past three decades. USAID/ESC responds to the challenges facing the region through a tailored approach to regional programming that prioritizes resources based on need, host-country commitment, and capacity and enables a limited number of staff to effectively design, monitor, and evaluate activities. USAID/ESC’s aligns with regional priorities and directly supports three presidential initiatives: the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Climate Change Initiative. USAID/ESC provides development assistance to organizations and nation states in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean which comprises Antigua &Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. Overall, this development assistance seeks to (1) reduce youth involvement in crime and violence; (2) reduce risks and adapt to the impacts of global climate change; and (3) achieve epidemic control of HIV/AIDS throughout the region. 

USAID/ESC will issue as needed, Critical Problem Addenda to the BMA that will present specific critical USAID/ESC problems. The Critical Problem Addenda will address identified problems, solutions, scalability opportunities, feasibility studies, and other research and development initiatives addressing one or more of USAID/ESC’s focus areas identified above. 

Open Period: August 26, 2016 17:00 hrs EST to September 30, 2017 15:00 hrs EST  

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Areas of Interest

Addendum 1: USAID/ESC Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Broad Mission Announcement No. BMA-538-STIP-2016 Title: “Local Capacity for Local Solutions”

USAID/Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) seeks Expressions of Interest from individuals, organizations, and consortia/partnerships that would like to share innovative approaches to solving the Key Objective outlined below. 

KEY OBJECTIVE: Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS): USAID/ESC aims to identify unique and innovative methods to strengthen local organizations' capacity, using non-traditional methods for institutional capacity building, while also responding to the unique geographical challenges in the ESC region comprising the countries of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. USAID/ESC seeks to increase the likelihood of sustainable outcomes by seeking innovative and creative implementation approaches to build organizational, administrative, and management capacity and resources of selected local non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); defined as those organizations that already have a demonstrated capacity to implement projects and activities that contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the ESC Regional Development Cooperation Strategy 2015-2019 (RDCS) yet require organizational, administrative, and managerial capacity-building to ensure longevity and sustainability. This Critical Problem Addendum invites a diverse group of organizations to brainstorm solutions together that will allow for a more robust discussion about innovative approaches to assisting local organizations across the ESC region expand and sustainably provide services throughout the region. 

 Individuals and institutions must submit their Expressions of Interest to dropportunities@usaid.gov and include the BMA number in the subject line. Expressions of Interest must be received by September 30, 2016.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2017