The United States Agency for International Development Mission to Indonesia (USAID/Indonesia) invites applications from Indonesian and U.S. institutions of higher education for supporting partnership between higher education institutions of two countries. There are two components of this APS. The Component I focuses on partnerships which support fields of applied science. Component II focuses on partnerships supporting science, technology and math education at the secondary level.
Application Instruction and Considerations
Applicants may submit Concept Papers for one component (Component I or Component II) or for both (Component I and Component II). If the Applicant is interested in both components, two separate papers must be submitted. Component I of the APS solicits partnerships which support fields of applied science underlying USAID Indonesia’s strategic objectives in health, economic growth and the environment; Component II will support university partnerships, supporting science, technology and math education at the secondary level, by creating model secondary science and technology schools.
Evaluation Criteria for Concept Notes
USAID/Indonesia has established an Annual Program Statement (APS) Committee to review and evaluate all Concept Papers received. Only those Concept Papers which meet the initial consideration criteria outlined at Section titled “Intended Partnership Characteristics,” will be considered and evaluated by the APS Committee.
For purposes of quickly initiating proposed partnership program, only Applications meeting the following criteria will be evaluated:
– An Indonesian or United States institution being designated as the “lead” institution in the partnership;
– Institutions with the management capacity to oversee the partnership activities of multiple university partnerships should the concept suggest more than one partnership.
– Institutions having demonstrated experience in the technical area being proposed;
Institutions having demonstrated experience implementing similar programs for USAID or similar donor agency.
Concept Papers will be competitively evaluated against the following criteria in descending order of importance:
– Technical quality and innovation of the concept paper, including the relevance and clarity of the objectives and goals, the degree to which the program is based upon a sound collaboration of all partners, a clear profile of the beneficiaries, the appropriateness of the proposed activities to achieving the goals and objectives of the program. (35 points)
– Scope and significance of the results to be achieved, in the short, medium, and long term, including the apparent value of the results in fostering community impact, the attention paid to serving the populations in the lowest two quintiles of income and the level of results to be achieved relative to the overall resource commitments. (25 points)
– Technical and administrative capacity to manage proposed program. Indication of how the activity will be staffed and organized (20 points)
– Level of non-USAID resources mobilized, level of institutional commitment of partners (as evidenced by cost share and other indicators), and the clarity of budget allocations and how they relate to program implementation. (15 points)
– Demonstrated experience of the applicants in the proposed area of work. (5 points)
Last date for submitting the concept papers Round 1 is September 15, 2011.