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Welcome to the online application process for the competitive Call for Concept Notes: Cultivate Africa's Future - Phase 2

UPDATE: Deadline to submit full proposals is September 7, 2018 at 1700 Eastern Africa Time (Nairobi time)

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) are pleased to announce the competitive call for concept notes under the second phase of the Cultivate Africa's Future Fund (CultiAF-2).

This Call is open to applicant organisations that will work individually or in partnership with others to carry out research in one (or more) of the eligible countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Applicant organisations must be developing country organizations (NARS, Universities, Government departments and agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and Southern-led International organizations) with legal corporate registration in an eligible country. This Call will support cutting edge, applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure and poor in eligible Eastern and Southern Africa countries. All projects require a sound environmental impact assessment, the consideration of social and gender issues, and an applicability to smallholder farmers. Pure laboratory experiments will not be considered.

The projects should address real practical development challenges and research needs of the 10 eligible developing countries. The Fund will focus on issues under four key research areas aligned to regional priorities as stated in the Malabo declaration: (i) Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses; (ii) Improved gender equity; (iii) Nutrition and human health; and (iv) Climate change and sustainable water management. Of special interest is supporting innovative research with potential for breakthrough results that can be effectively scaled-up and easily adopted by smallholder farmers, food processors, post-harvest handlers, and other value chain actors to improve food and nutrition security.

Project budgets under this call must be in the range of CAD 1,000,000 - 3,000,000 (please see the instructions document for more detail on budgets). Project duration must not exceed 42 months, including all research activities and final reporting. It is anticipated that projects selected in this call will begin in January, 2019.

For detailed information about this call, please refer to the Call for Proposals.

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