RFA Information - Ethiopia


Request for Applications (RFA)

This Request for Applications (RFA) is issued by the Long-term Assistance and Services for Research: Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (LASER PULSE) at Purdue University.  LASER PULSE is a five-year program implemented by a consortium comprising Purdue University (lead institution), the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Makerere University, and Catholic Relief Services. LASER PULSE is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement 7200AA18CA00009.

Development Sectors of Interest: Youth Development, Civic Engagement, and Leadership; and Measurement of Resilience

Region/Countries of Interest: Ethiopia

Award Number and Size: We expect to make 5 awards for a period of 12 to 24 months of research and translation for up to $200K per award. There is an expectation of 10% cost-share for all awards.

This RFA will be fully funded in early summer 2021.
* Extension - The deadline to submit application materials is 6:00 pm Ethiopia time on January 17, 2021.



Full RFA applicaton information will be available to selected applicants following the letter of intent stage. Please download and read through all materials.

Download all necessary materials and templates here. Download materials are located in a zipped folder and numbered by reading/completion order.  
Please follow the numbered steps below to complete eligibility requirements and submit your application.

Submit Application Materials

Application Submission Process and Timeline: 

Issuance of Request for Application:            2 November 2020 6:00 pm Ethiopia time 

Deadline for submission of questions on the RFA:     16 November 2020 6:00 pm Ethiopia time

Webinar to address questions regarding RFA:     30 November 2020 4:00 pm Ethiopia time

Deadline for receipt of Letter of Interest:        14 December 2020 6:00 pm Ethiopia time

Deadline for submission of Application:        15 January 2021 6:00 pm Ethiopia time

Selected awards sent to USAID for approval:  24 March, 2021

Expected award status notification:            July 2021




For this RFA, prospective applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document (enclosed in the download package) before submitting an application. A webinar was held on November 30, 2020 to address specific questions not covered in the FAQs. You may view the webinar below.


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Complete Required TrainingGender Analysis (required)
Embedded Research Translation (required)
Application Preparation (optional)


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