All in Research Grant FAQs
If you downloaded the PDF of the solicitation previous to the Zoom call and Twitter chat on 16 July, the link to the budget had an error. This was brought to the attention of the ALL-IN team during the call and has been addressed. It can now be re-downloaded and should work.
We anticipate 8-12 awards will be made.
All application materials – including both expressions of interest and full proposals – must be submitted in English.
Yes, they may.
The lead institution should be an academic institution, but partners can be other organizations based in Africa.
We invite researchers and institutions that have the skills, talents and ideas for impactful research, even if lacking in experience implementing and managing large-scale research projects. As part of this award, the ALL-IN collaborative team will provide, as needed and appropriate, support to researchers and their project managers in developing the capacity to manage and lead this award and others of a similar nature in the future. This award is intended to provide the opportunity to institutions – both researchers and staff – to learn by doing, in collaboration with mentors and peers at the ALL-IN management institutions.
You can have research partners from European countries, but the mentor must have an affiliation with a US university.
There is not a defined limit.
No, regional offices of international organizations do not meet the criteria of “local institutions” as laid out in the RFA.
Expressions of interest must include the following:
- Lead PI (including institution and email address)
- Tentative Proposal Title
- Collaborator & mentor information (if known at this time; optional)
- A brief (short paragraph) description of the research that will be proposed
- If you do not have a mentor committed but have a mentor in mind and would like assistance making the connection, please also note that in short paragraph description for the EOI and the ALL-IN team will try to assist. You may list more than one potential mentor.
Expressions of interest must be submitted at the following link: https://mrr.piestar-rfx.com/opportunities/all/rfp/100
Everyone who submits an EOI is invited to submit a full proposal.
No. An EOI is required to arrange reviewers with the expertise to review full proposals.
The expression of interest has no set length, but we are anticipating most to be roughly a paragraph long.
US mentors must have an affiliation at a US university.
There are two ways to request assistance from ALL-IN to identify a US mentor. You can email ICED (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the MRR Lab (email@example.com) or include your request in your expression of interest. If you have some ideas of specific mentor(s) you would like to be connected to based on your research interest, you can list those specific individuals in your EOI or email. If not, we can help you to identify appropriate individuals.
Each PI must have a US-university affiliated mentor, but that does not preclude them from also having an African mentor, as well.
Other disciplines can be included in interdisciplinary teams.
In order to encourage researchers with ideas that are promising, but not yet fully developed, we will offer a seed grant funding window. Seed grants will provide modest funding (~$5000) and other support to allow the development of a full proposal in time for submission in November 2020. We may connect PIs with research teams in order to help with proposal development.
This is not limited to impact evaluations and RCTs, but we are looking for high-quality quantitative research.
We anticipate that agriculture, food security and nutrition will frequently appear as cross-cutting themes.
USAID/FTF prefers we work in FTF target regions, but it is not a requirement. If you are NOT working in target regions, just provide a justification of why you are working in the region you are working why you are. We have supported research that work in priority countries outside of their priority regions in the past.
No, as long as the proposed work seems reasonable given the proposed budget.
Proposals may not charge more than 12% indirect cost recovery rates. If there are any additional administrative costs that are directly related to the implementation of this specific research project, those may be included in the budget line items (as relevant this may include appropriate administrative personnel time, supplies, etc.). Exceptions to this limitation will be given to institutions that have a negotiated NICRA rate with the United States government, in which case they may apply the negotiated NICRA rate.
Student training and support can be included in the funding proposal, in the training line items.
No documents are needed for the expression of interest. Letters of support are welcomed, but not required, from partners for the full proposal. Letters of commitment from mentors are required for the full proposal.
The proposal will have to go through each USAID country office in which fieldwork will take place. If no fieldwork will take place, it will be approved by the USAID office in which the research institution is headquartered.
Selected research activities are expected to come from researchers at institutions with a wide variety of experience and capacity to manage large awards, especially to meet the requirements of US federal funds. For those institutions with proven experience in large award management, ICED may make subcontracts directly to the institution that hosts the researcher and apply standard sub-award management processes and procedures. On the other hand, for those researchers who come from institutions with little or no experience with large awards and that may be poorly equipped to effectively manage the funds, ICED may directly manage the award funds for the researcher. After a proposal is selected, the ALL-IN team will work with the researcher to determine the best form of award management.