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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

Higher Education Solutions Network

PI Eligibility:
Texas A&M University faculty are eligible.

The activities of the Centers will be evidence-based and anchored in science, technology, engineering, and applied development research and analysis.

Institutional Eligibility: 
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS)

Number of Applications:
1. An institution may submit no more than three (3) applications as the lead.
2. Each applicant institution is restricted to two (2) individual institution center applications and a
3. single application serving as the lead (primary) on an application composed of a group of institutions competing for a “Consortium level” award. Institutions are free to serve as collaborating partners (but not the lead) in as many applications as they feel is appropriate and can be programmatically justified.

I.6.1 USAID will fund two types of Centers that will further knowledge of development and innovation, and engage with a broad range of actors.

I.6.1.1 Consortium Centers are robust collaborations among institutions of higher education and/or other non-profit or for-profit organizations that complement each other’s strengths. The purpose of a consortium is to undertake efforts that a single entity could not by expanding the scale, efficacy, and knowledge base of a single center. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in the development of such centers, including the formation of alliances of non-academic institutions. All consortia are strongly encouraged to include developing country or research institutions. A consortium consists of a lead institution that manages sub-awards with partners. Alternatively, a consortium could be formed by a series of partners that create a separate legal identity that serves as the legal entity to which the award is made.

I.6.1.2 Single Institution Centers involve a single higher education institution. Single Institution Centers may collaborate with entities outside of the individual institution; it is up to the institution itself to determine whether the nature of their partnerships actually constitute a consortium.

Concept Note:
Eligible organizations interested in applying for an award in response to this RFA are invited to submit a Concept Note via e-mail to (not to exceed 5 (five) pages). Concept Notes not submitted through will not be considered. Only applicants who have submitted a Concept Note will be eligible to submit a Full Application, if requested.  This concept note will be submitted by OSRS after the selection process.

The email submission of the Concept Note in response to this RFA must be submitted electronically in MS Word or .pdf format and Excel for the budget and shall be due no later than March 22, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT. Concept Notes submitted after this date and time will not be considered. The time stamp on the email received shall serve as the official time of receipt. USAID bears no responsibility for transmission errors or delays.

February 27, 2012, 5:00 pm:
  Deadline for an email of intent, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

March  2, 2012, 5:00 pm:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

March 9 , 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

March 22, 2012:  Deadline for the Concept Note, by 2:00pm  EDT

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.