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Request for Applications (RFA) Schedule

LASER PULSE will award approx. 30 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.

As a first step, LASER PULSE will place a call for concept notes (i.e., a 3-page summary of proposed research).  Each entry will be evaluated for its quality and potential impact, and approximately 9 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 an LMIC 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 concpet notes in August 2019
  2. Bogotá, Colombia (Fast Track) - October 2019
  3. Southeast Asia - Winter 2019
  4. West Africa - Spring/Summer 2020
  5. Latin America - Fall 2020
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