Funding Opportunity

2021 Request for Applications: MSI-Led Partnerships for Global Food Safety Research

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL) invites researchers at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), as defined under part F of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S. Code § 1067q, to submit proposals for research projects that support FSIL’s mission to reduce the burden of foodborne illness on individuals, households, and communities through data-driven food safety policies and practices.


  • Two-year projects should address one of the following research priorities:
    1. Food safety economics to inform and prioritize investment strategies
    2. Baseline surveillance/burden of microbial foodborne disease and correlation with malnutrition status
    3. Food chemical hazards (e.g., pesticide residues, heavy metals, mycotoxin contamination)
  • Applicants may request up to $200,000 per year for a total of up to $400,000.  
  • Projects may take place in one or more of the following countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda.
  • Researchers at U.S.-based MSIs are eligible to serve as project leaders.
  • Each proposal must include at least one in-country academic institution. All types of U.S. and non-U.S. entities are eligible as additional partners, provided that they are not excluded from U.S. Government acquisition and assistance awards.

The open application period for this funding opportunity is closed. FSIL will communicate directly with applicants about decisions and next steps.