Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Program- (USAID)

Deadline: 4-Mar-24

The United States Government, as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub, invites applications for the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships in Higher Education program.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners have been working to tackle the world’s toughest development challenges for more than 50 years. Their mission is to partner to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.

Aims
USAID/ITR operates under a set of guiding principles and aims to be:

Open and Inclusive – Drawing upon the ingenuity of people from around the world particularly from developing countries.
Evidence-based – Investing based on strong evidence of impact.
Catalytic – Attracting the support of others to enable sustainable development solutions that reach massive scale.
Agile – Creating fast feedback loops that enable continuous learning and performance improvement.

Objectives
USAID/ITR’s programming is aligned around five objectives:

Science: Increasing the use of scientific research to improve development outcomes and make better policy and programming decisions.

Technology: Advancing the use of enabling technologies and data-driven approaches to empower underserved communities and improve development effectiveness.

Innovation: Increasing the adoption of high impact development solutions and the effective use of innovation models and design practices.

Partnerships: Advancing the use of new and underutilized partners, including those from government, non-government entities, civil society, and the private sector, in order to support engagement, new collaborative approaches, and cultivation of entrepreneurial ecosystems to accelerate and scale development impact.

Agency Integration: Increasing the effective integration of STIP by Missions and Bureaus to advance USAID’s sustainable development results and priorities.

Eligibility Criteria
Addenda under this APS may request concept notes/full applications (in cases where only a full application is requested) from all types of organizations. Such organizations must demonstrate engagement with HEIs and/or related partners as well as other institutional partners, be they public, private, for-profit, nonprofit organizations, public international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, or multilateral and international donor organizations. All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the APS as well as the specific addenda to which the concept note is being submitted and must come from organizations that can be determined to be sufficiently responsible to lead the final award.

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