Foundation / Corporation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Grand Challenges
02/25/21 11:30 AM PT
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, for-profits, academic institutions, and government agencies to develop innovative technological solutions for small farmers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to formulate collaborative partnerships with a wide range of partners.
Geographies: While the Foundation primarily seeks solutions applicable to the LMICs listed below and favor those forming local partnerships, other geographies will be considered if a strong case is made for doing so.
Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks Smart Farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for small-scale producer (SSP) entrepreneurs delivered through bundled farmer services and enabled by scalable digital and data platforms (Figure 1). Solutions should address one or more challenges faced by small-scale crop and livestock producers in one or more areas of agricultural advisory, farm management decision support, input supply, finance, insurance, market access and linkages. Solutions should use human-centered design to elucidate the barriers that prevent SSPs from improving productivity, profitability and income – then propose Smart Farming solutions that can help elevate small-scale production entrepreneurs. Some of the fundamental challenges to address include: 1) low productivity driven by lack of access to information and services; climate change, weather variability and pest and disease outbreaks; 2) lack of access to tailored financial and insurance products, and 3) lack of access to and choice of market and offtake options. Additionally, solutions will need to consider barriers to adoption of digital farmer services, such as low language and digital literacy, the high relative cost of services and devices and, in particular, gender gaps and other potential downsides of digital solutions (e.g. the growing digital divide).
There are two grant types – Seed Grants and Scale-Up Grants – each with its own requirements. Applicants can only apply for one of these grant types must select which level for which they are applying (proposal should not be submitted for both grant types).
Seed Grants – proposals for Smart Farming solutions that can demonstrate potential in meeting the following criteria:
Scale-Up Grants – proposals with demonstrated ability and sufficient evidence to have positive impact. In addition to the criteria listed above for Seed Grants, Scale-Up Grants must also:
Consortiums: To increase the probability that projects funded through this RFP will continue after the initial project completion and evolve into a continuing global public good or sustained solution, applicants are encouraged to consider a range of partners to form a consortium. For additional details, see: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/sites/default/files/files/gc_farming_digital_technologies_rules_and_guidelines.pdf#page=4
GrantWatch ID#: 193893
The Foundation will consider proposals for awards of up to USD 250,000 for Seed Awards and up to USD 1,500,000 for Scale-Up Awards.
Seed Awards: up to 12 months
Scale-Up Awards: over 2 years
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://submit.gatesfoundation.org/prog/smart_farming_innovations_for_small-scale_producers/
Please direct all questions about this initiative, selection criteria or application instructions by e-mail to the following
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA) Marshall Islands (USA) Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada: Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Yukon;
International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.
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