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Expression of interest: VACS Capacity Project

USAID has partnered with CIMMYT to implement the Feed the Future VACS Capacity Activity.


USAID is partnering with CIMMYT to implement Feed the Future VACS Capacity Activity, which aims to capacitate African breeding programs and research professionals and to build a cohort of VACS Fellows in partnership with both private and public sectors. The cohort will be mentored by CGIAR, advanced research institutes and universities, and other partners around the globe. There are three areas where we are looking for partners.

  1. Hubs for training
  2. Scholars (MSc and PhD)
  3. Professionals (1–6-month placements)

The awarding process is two steps for the Hubs, which is based on the review of the submissions to this EOI solicitation, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application and engage further in the award process.

How to apply

Only online submissions via the provided links below will be accepted: https://sra.cimmyt.org/vacs.

Due dates to complete your submission:

  • Hubs and Scholars by June 30, 2024, 11:59 p.m. GMT
  • Professionals by July 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. GMT

Virtual briefing session

An information session will be conducted on June 7, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. East African Time, to explain further and clarify the application and award process. This will also constitute the official launch of the VACS Capacity Activity. Email CIMMYT-VACS-capacity@cgiar.org to register!