Posted: July 30, 2020

Applications due August 21, 2020

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to organize an exchange visit for 5 biotechnology experts from Turkmenistan to the United States for two to three weeks. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: Turkmenistan

Background:

The Academy of Sciences serves as the main agency responsible for developing science in Turkmenistan and supervises a number of research centers and institutes. (For the purposes of this NOFO, the word Academy will refer to the Academy of Sciences and its research centers). The Government of Turkmenistan is phasing out funding for the Academy, which is now looking to commercialize its research to sustain its work. Consequently, it is trying to further build its capacity both for scientific research and commercialization and wants to learn from international experience in those areas.

 

Goal:

Within 18 months after the program completion, the participants will conduct research to adapt at least two new biotechnologies to Turkmenistan's conditions and will market biotechnological solutions and services to at least five agricultural companies or producers, as measured by the number of new projects and follow up consultations with program participants.

 

Objectives:

The Turkmen experts will

1. Study the experience of U.S. scientific and educational institutions in developing and applying biotechnologies in the following areas:

protecting crops from insects, bacteria, and other pests;

artificial selection of crops;

improving the quality of soil and decreasing salinity;

livestock breeding;

use of halophytes as a source of feed for livestock and as a method to improve the quality of soil

2. Learn methods of commercializing biotechnological research from experts at U.S. scientific and educational institutions.

3. See how biotechnologies are applied at specific agricultural facilities.

4. Share Turkmenistan's experience in the above-mentioned areas with U.S. colleagues and create research partnerships.

5. Adapt U.S. biotechnologies to Turkmenistan's soil and climate and develop methods of applying them in local agriculture production.

6. Create targeted, strategic proposals for commercializing biotechnologies and other types of research.

7. Apply the information on research commercialization they learned during the program to better market the Academy's technologies and research services among local private and state-owned businesses.

 

Activity Locations:

Post recommends that Applicants consider the specifics of Turkmenistan's desert climate and soil when identifying program locations.

 

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months

Number of awards anticipated: 1 award

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $35,000 to a maximum of $55,000

Total available funding:

Type of Funding: FY20 Fulbright-Hays Public Diplomacy Funds

Anticipated program start date: October 2021

 

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

 

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that bureau/embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation. Post will be involved in soliciting participants for the program, identifying program dates, and recommending some program sites and venues in the United States.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

See full solicitation here