Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Grants up to $500,000

Deadline: 16 March 2015

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is inviting proposals from universities, government or private laboratories or research organizations, for profit and non-profit companies and individuals meeting the requirement of the call to apply for the grants. Grant request can be made for three stages of projects – innovation scalability grants, innovation evaluation grants and early stage innovation grants.

Grant Categories

  • Early Stage Innovation Grants – up to $100,000 each for fund innovators with ideas to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system.
  • Innovation Evaluation Grants – up to $250,000 each for innovations that are developed but have not been fully deployed or rigorously tested in the field. Activities can be – field trials, stakeholder focus groups, refinement of the innovation design, and market assessments.
  • Innovation Scalability Grants – up to $500,000 each for innovations that have proven themselves functional and potentially feasible for broader deployment. A one-to-one private sector or non-USG funding match is required to help ensure that innovations are of interest to multiple stakeholders and relevant to local development conditions.

Thematic Areas:

  • Weather data for climate-smart agriculture
  • Improved ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate variability and change
  • Improved ability of agricultural researchers to provide agronomic recommendations
  • Assistance to small entrepreneurs in food processing
  • Innovations in the informal urban food sector
  • Gender-sensitive ICT-based approaches to improving women’s access to urban markets
  • Marketing meat and dairy products without extensive cold chain development
  • Projecting labor market and skill needs for agri-food businesses
  • Improving effective use of mobile phone-based agricultural services by small farmers
  • Promoting gender equitable access to profitable markets

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Proposals and ideas are invited from any country.
  • Private and government bodies, research institutions, universities working for profit and non-profit organization may apply for this grant.
  • Individual applying for this grant need to meet the requirements of RFA.
  • Proposals must be made to work on one of the above mentioned thematic areas.
  • In order for proposals to be selected, they must provide activity detail for any of the following countries:
  1. Feed the Future (FTF) focus countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia
  2. Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP) focus countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, and Uganda.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted via CREF Global’s Electronic Proposal Submission website. If not possible, an email can be sent for an alternate application submission process. Modifications can be sent until application deadline.

Complete application materials include – abstract, proposal (maximum 20 pages), team composition and curriculum vitae, project timeline, brief description on past performance, letter(s) of support, budget and other financial contribution (cost-share).

For more information, please visit the call page.


  1. Avatar http://AISHATU%20ABDU%20GUSAU says

    Health &intergrity is an NGO led by women organization from Nigeria ,am really very happy come across this opportunity it’s n avenue to help our people that ar into small businesses and also dnt v access to modern market at large.want to confirm if we can apply ?
    Waiting for your reply pls.

    • Avatar http://Bela says

      Hello Aishatu,
      To get the detailed information on eligibility criteria/application process/the opportunity, please visit the link on the line ‘For more information…’ and proceed.
      Good luck!

  2. Avatar http://bascillisa says

    We are NGO from Kenya dealing with especial displaced families due to tribal clashes, widows and orphan. Please help us in basics human needs to sustain these families.

  3. Avatar http://Namayanja%20Jackie says

    Am working with a Non Government Organization called Community Initiative care for the Orphans was founded in 2011 as Community Based Organization and in 2014 became a Non Government Organization in Wakiso District in Central Uganda with the aim of helping Orphans and Vulnerable children, People living with HIV/AIDS,Most at risk populations,Vulnerable people.Our mission is to create an informed, creative and innovative educated and HIV/AIDS free society in Wakiso District.
    Our vision is to provide a sustainable education ,healthcare and social welfare facilities.
    Our objectives:
    To offer guidance and counseling services.
    To promote community based health care.
    Establish and operate a scholarship scheme to give education opportunities to vulnerable children.
    To accomplish that vision,we will create a living and educational development facility to be located in applying food,clothing,medical care and educational assistance.
    Improve on the upbringing of children and minimum incidence.
    Promote educational programm for the Orphans and Vulnerable children in Wakiso District.
    Enhance partnership and collaboration in and outside the area of jurisdiction.
    We are looking for funds in order to improve on their standards of living.
    We will appreciate when you consider.
    Thank you.

    • Avatar http://Bela says

      Hi Namayanja, go through the article, check the eligibility criteria and proceed to apply by clicking the link present in ‘For more information…’ line.
      Good luck!

  4. Avatar http://Ajisafe says

    Free Zobo Production in Nigeria has been struggling without relent and if such a grant is being given, many people will be employed because of their latest research on how to use local preservative reagent. There are so many things to be done in Ekiti and Nigeria as a whole because of the fertility of our land is good for plantation of Red Roselle Calypse and production of the ZOBO drinks which is good for health (it is medicinal) but no donors to assist the new innovative we have on ZOBO production. Thanks for this opportunity, we will apply for the grant may be we could be granted.

  5. Avatar http://Mieso says

    This program is Future Hope of the developing countries especially to balance ever increasing population with limited resources and to bring food security and food self sufficiency.

  6. Avatar http://Fitzmaurice%20Christian says

    I have been unable to locate the url to which I must submit my proposal. Please give me a url at which I can submit my project

  7. Avatar http://TARIKU says

    Children for Future Hope is looking at the donors in order to do a large project on a wide area on which no NGO has yet implemented and there are so many resources and it is very suitable for executing the program.