Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS)

The summary for the Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS) grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Pakistan USAID Islamabad, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS): 1.Overview: The purpose of this notice is to announce an upcoming Request for Applications (RFA) for the Centers for Advanced Studies project, including details on a pre-application conference which USAID intends to hold on May 6, 2014. The Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS) project was designed by USAID and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening the capacity of Pakistani universities to respond to changing public and private sector needs for applied research and skilled graduates in the sectors of food security/agriculture, water and energy. Through this project, Centers for Advanced Studies will be established in the following areas: Water / Food Security and Agriculture / Energy . Subject to the availability of funds, the United States Government intends to fund three Cooperative Agreements (in total) supporting partnerships in each of the sectors listed above. Each cooperative agreement is anticipated to be limited to $9-10 million each for the food security/agriculture and water CAS partnerships and $16-18 million for the energy partnership (two Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy will be established at Pakistani universities). The duration of each cooperative agreement will be five years. 2.Project Activities: Each CAS will form public-private partnerships and interest-specific networks that will bringing together the best minds in academia, government and the business community to seek applied research solutions that strengthen the effectiveness of policy making and drive innovation, competitiveness and economic growth in these key sectors3. RFA Release and Communication with Pakistani Universities:USAID intends to release the full Request for Application on on or about April 21, 2013. The RFA will provide a detailed program description, instructions on submitting the application, and contact details for the Pakistani universities. Until the RFA is released, prospective applicants must not contact Pakistani universities to discuss a potential partnership. Engaging in this contact ahead of the RFA’s release may be grounds for exclusion from the CAS competition.4.Pre-Application Conference: Prospective applicants are advised that USAID intends to hold a conference on May 6, 2014, in Washington DC (venue is TBD based on the estimated number of participants). The purpose of this conference will be to provide background on the CAS project, discuss all parts of the RFA in detail, highlight important aspects of working with USAID, and answer questions related to the technical and cost applications. Prospective attendees are required to RSVP to Mr. Juan Esteban Proaño, Assistance Specialist, ( no later than April 17, 2014, 9:00 am (Pakistan Standard Time) . Any university staff from interested applicants, both faculty and administrative, are welcome to register. However, due to space constraints, USAID reserves the right to limit participation to a first-come-first-serve basis or to cap the number of participants each university may send. Further instructions regarding the specific location and time will be shared with interested applicants by email. 5.Communication with USAID: Questions concerning this notice may be directed to Ryan Weddle, Agreement Officer, at (with a copy to However, please be advised that substantive questions with respect to the RFA will not be answered until the RFA is released. Prospective applicants may not contact USAID technical staff directly for information on this RFA – such contact may be grounds for exclusion from the competition. Until the Cooperative Agreements are awarded, all communication between applicants and USAID must be directed through the Agreement Officer or Assistance Specialist.
Federal Grant Title: Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS)
Federal Agency Name: Pakistan USAID Islamabad (USAID-PAK)
Grant Categories: Education
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-391-14-000009
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 98.001
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: June 27th, 2014
Original Application Deadline: June 27th, 2014
Posted Date: April 3rd, 2014
Creation Date: April 3rd, 2014
Archive Date: July 27th, 2014
Total Program Funding: $38,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $18,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 3
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Last Updated: May 19th, 2014
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
Qualified U.S. colleges and universities (including minority serving institutions, community colleges, and women’s colleges) may apply for USAID funding under this RFA. USG and USAID regulations generally treat colleges and universities as NGOs, rather than governmental organizations; hence, both public and private colleges and universities are eligible. Non-U.S. colleges and universities in countries that are ineligible for assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act or related appropriations acts are ineligible.
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