IBI Seeks Applications for Youth Research & Internship Grants Program
The USAID Tanzania Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaptation Activity (USAID T-MELA), implemented by IBI, has posted an Annual Program Statement (APS) with the purpose of soliciting applications from interested parties wishing to receive co-funding and technical assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under T-MELA.
T-MELA aims to issue grants for (1) research and dissemination of findings about key youth development issues in Tanzania, (2) youth involvement in innovative development ideas, and (3) internships for MEL students and recent graduates.
The selection process will involve a multi-step evaluation, allowing IBI and USAID to be highly involved in co-creating and co-designing the award structure. The process will consist of three stages:
Phase 1: Initial review of concept notes against USAID T-MELA Youth Research & Internship Grants Program evaluation criteria.
Phase 2: Co-creation with selected concept notes & applicants to refine the concept note(s) and develop a detailed application including a program description and objective goals/milestones.
Phase 3: Applicants who have successfully completed the co-creation process will proceed to Phase 3 where IBI will request a cost proposal for a fixed amount award/grant (see definitions below) to fit the cocreated structure of the grant.
Applicants may submit concept notes during an open application period from December 1, 2023 to November 30, 2024. All concept notes will be reviewed against Phase 1 evaluation criteria set by the IBI Grant Evaluation Committee, and successful applicants may be invited to the co-creation stage. During the Phase 2 co-creation stage, IBI will work with the applicants to develop a detailed application and complete a scope of work for proposed activities. Based on the outcome of co-creation, the applicant may be asked to submit a financial application to support the implementation of the grant (Phase 3). This may result in the provision of a fixed amount award/grant (FAA). IBI anticipates funding up to $80,000 per applicant concept in response to this notice on behalf of USAID. However, IBI reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.
Questions and concept notes should be addressed to email@example.com and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The deadline for concept notes is no later than November 30, 2024.
The full APS solicitation with all award information, eligibility requirements, application & submission information, application review information, and the concept note template can be found in the attached document.