Request for Applications (RFA) Schedule

LASER PULSE will award approx. 35 grants over the course of a 4-year period (2019-2022), with each award ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 depending upon the duration of proposed research.  Calls for applications will follow each of our semi-annual R4D Conferences for research to be conducted in USAID Interest Countries (UIC).

As a first step, LASER PULSE will place a call for concept notes.  Each entry will be evaluated for its quality and potential impact, and approximately 10 concept notes will be selected in order to invite the submitting research team to supply LASER PULSE with a full research application.  Research translation must explicitly be demonstrated in every proposal to be considered for selection.

Eligibility is restricted to research teams consisting of US and developing country universities partnered with a field-level development practitioner, private sector actor, or a UIC government entity.

Schedule of Initial LASER PULSE R4D Conferences:

Semi-annual 3-day conferences held in rotating regions in USAID countries, click for details:

  1. Kampala, Uganda - May 6-8, 2019  >>  call for concept notes Sept. 27, 2019 (Read More)
  2. Bogotá, Colombia (Fast Track) - October 1-2, 2019
  3. Vietnam - February 18-20, 2020
  4. Bali, Indonesia - August 2020 (as part of Universitas Indonesia's Smart-City Conference)
  5. South Africa - Fall 2020, TBD
  6. Ethiopia - TBD
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Online Training Courses

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RFA Information

The RFA for East Africa is now live. Deadline for concept notes is 15 November 2019.

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