Deadline: 22 May 2015
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is requesting applications for “Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (SWFF)”.
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The objective of Securing Water for Food challenge is to enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution in developing and emerging countries.
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- Stage 1 (Market driven product/business development): $100,000 – $500,000
- Stage 2 (Scaling/commercial growth): $500,000 – $3 million
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to participate in the third call for Securing Water for Food:
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- Securing Water for Food is open to all organizations regardless of type (e.g. for profit, not-for-profit, academic).
- Applications from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) around the world are welcome.
- USAID is restricted from providing foreign assistance to the following countries: North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and Iran.
- All applicants must use the funds to implement the innovation in a developing or emerging country. In addition, applicants must either already have a presence in that country or must have a local partner (supporting documentation required).
- Innovations must directly or indirectly benefit the poor (income, products, environment, opportunities, gender equality). In addition, applications must avoid negative environmental effects and local market distortions.
There will be two stages of proposal submission: Concept Note and Full Application. Applicants whose proposals are ranked among the top 80 during the Concept Note Stage will be required to submit supplemental documents and answers in a Full Application. Proposals submitted via facsimile or e-mail will not be accepted. Proposal submissions must be loaded into the online platform.
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