Current Funding Opportunities

2014-2015 Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Grants

Deadline: Mar 16, 2015 17:00 US Eastern Time
Competition results are expected to be announced by August, 2015.


Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is seeking applicants who can help create innovation in the global food system by finding, incubating and evaluating new and potentially game-changing knowledge and technology based solutions to development challenges, especially those related to population growth, climate change and urbanization.

Competition Overview:
This RFA requests applications at the following three grant levels:

  1. Innovation Scalability Grants (maximum $500,000 each, with a required 1:1 match)
  2. Innovation Evaluation Grants (maximum $250,000 each)
  3. Early Stage Innovation Grants (maximum $100,000 each)

Thematic Areas:
Applications are only accepted in the following thematic areas:

Theme 1. Weather data for climate-smart agriculture
Theme 2. Improved ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate variability and change
Theme 3. Improved ability of agricultural researchers to provide agronomic recommendations
Theme 4. Assistance to small entrepreneurs in food processing
Theme 5. Innovations in the informal urban food sector
Theme 6. Gender-sensitive ICT-based approaches to improving women’s access to urban markets
Theme 7. Marketing meat and dairy products without extensive cold chain development
Theme 8. Projecting labor market and skill needs for agri-food businesses
Theme 9. Improving effective use of mobile phone-based agricultural services by small farmers
Theme 10. Promoting gender equitable access to profitable markets

Detailed descriptions and background information on the thematic areas can be found in the link provided below.

Basic Eligibility:
The competition is open to universities, government or private laboratories or research organizations, for-profit and non-profit companies. Individuals may apply if able to meet the requirements of this RFA.

Geographic Focus:
Innovations, proposals and ideas can come from any country. However, in order for proposals to be considered they must propose implementation (testing/piloting, evaluation, scaling) to occur in one of the following Feed the Future (FTF) focus countries or the Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP) focus countries shown below:

FTF Focus Countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia

STIP Focus Countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, Uganda.

For more information, please download the following documents:

Application Submission

Applications should only be submitted to 2014/2015 Food Systems Innovation Grants. Please email with any questions.

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) Lab is a consortium led by Michigan State University (MSU) in partnership with Wageningen University, The Netherlands; The Energy and Resources Institute, India; and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. GCFSI is one of eight development labs funded by the USAID Global Development Lab under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). The goal of the GCFSI is to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system, using an approach that is multi-disciplinary, focused on the entire food system, and forward-looking; considering major trends that will impact future food system performance. For more information on the GCFSI, please see

CRDF Global is an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote international scientific and technical collaboration through outreach, capacity building efforts, research partnerships, and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.