Donor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Application procedure: Concept Note
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 10.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 30.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Water & Sanitation

Project Locations

  1. Africa



1) Objective

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invites eligible organizations to respond to the Zimbabwe Biogas Open Call for Innovation (O-CFI) Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (WE4F) Call for Innovations.
This Zimbabwe Biogas Open Call for Innovation (O-CFI) is designed to address barriers to enable the production of more food with efficient and sustainable usage of water and energy along the value chain from farming to end-users, and to impact food security, gender, and poverty reduction in an environmentally sustainable way. The O-CFI describes the purpose of the program and the types of activities that it will fund; indicates the process for preparing and submitting concept notes and proposals; and outlines criteria for their evaluation.

The WE4F Founding Partners have identified priority thematic areas in which innovation is urgently needed as mentioned below. Innovations supported by Water and Energy for Food COULD INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, the themes mentioned below:
o THEME 1: Innovations in food production to reduce water usage
o THEME 2: Efficient use of water resources for food production
o THEME 3: Sustainable use of energy and water on farm
o THEME 4: Energy innovations for food processing & logistics
o THEME 5: Food production with efficient energy use
o THEME 6: Leveraging food/agriculture waste for energy

2) Eligibility

WE4F is open to legally incorporated / registered for-profit and not-for-profit organizations or academic institutions which are responsible for generating revenue and maintaining a self-sustaining operational budget (i.e., covering costs).

3) Location

Actions must take place in Zimbabwe.

4) Budget

Individual awards are expected to range between $10,000 and $30,000 depending on the type of funding requested with the awardee expected to bring in matching funding contributions themselves, but this can include in-kind contributions, such as staff time, resources or donations from their company to the project.

5) Application

Concept notes shall be received on a rolling basis via the SurveyMonkey link given on their website.

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