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Minority Serving Institutions Request for Application (MSI-RFA)

  • Calls for innovative research and associated research translation that would benefit from new research components
  • Will utilize a systems-level frameworks to identify the development challenge and research gaps 
  • Development Sectors of Interest: Any USAID target sector, except for certain activities that fall under global health
  • Region/Countries of Interest: All USAID partner countries


Alternative Method for Download of RFA Materials

The above button is a packaged (zip) file of all materials necessary to complete the RFA application process. To download individual components, please click on the numbered files to the right.



MSI Researchers are eligible to apply


RFA for Research Awards Issued by LASER PULSE


MSI RFA will be released in November 2021



36 Countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America / Caribbean


To help deliver research-driven solutions to field-sourced development challenges

Timeline & Information

  • RFA Release of MSI RFA: Week of 8 November 2021

  • Webinar to cover the following topics: 1) introduction to the LASER PULSE program and the RFA requirements, 2) information on how to complete the LOI template, and 3) a brief review of the LASER PULSE SLA method: 19 November 2021

  • Webinar to Address Submitted Questions by Applicants: 2 December 2021

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 17 December 2021

    • Note: only Applicants that meet the submission requirements of the LOI are eligible to submit a Full Application

  • Notice of eligibility status to submit Full Application: 12 January 2022

  • Application Deadline: 14 February 2022

  • Selected Applications sent to USAID for approval: May 2022

  • Expected award status notification: July 2022

  • Awards Number and Size: Up to five (5) awards for a maximum of $150,000 each

  • Awards Timeframe: 1 year (12 Months)

Successful Applications: Key Characteristics

Must have collaboration between researchers and development practitioners 

  • Practitioners serve as translation partners to ensure that the proposed research will be applied as a solution to the challenge

Includes a research translation strategy or plan

  • Describes how outputs of the research will be translated into appropriate and usable products

Address considerations and impacts of gender in all aspects of the application


Please follow the numbered steps below to complete eligibility requirements and submit your application.


Download Materials

*All necessary materials and templates are here. Materials are located in a zipped folder and numbered by reading/completion order.

Please also view the Systems Level Analysis (SLA) Approach Video below if you plan to use the LASER PULSE SLA to identify research gaps.


Complete Required Training


  • Read FAQs (Included in the download materials)
  • Attend Webinar


Submit Materials

Complete LOI and required materials


Full video from the first webinar on 11/19/21

SLA Overview from webinar on 12/2/21

Full video from the second webinar on 12/2/21

SLA Materials

SLA Success Factor Tree

SLA Activities Template