Request for Proposals: Support for Postharvest Research and Capacity Building

The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss announces an Open Window for funding requests to support research and/or capacity building activities that address postharvest loss in ways that promote reduced poverty, increased food security and greater environmental sustainability.

ADMI will accept proposals from any field that concerns postharvest management including, but not limited to, engineering, food and agricultural sciences, social sciences, management, and biological sciences. ADMI seeks to fund research that is applied in nature and capacity building that encompasses human and institutional capacity building, including educational programming. ADMI will prioritize activities that:

  • Address postharvest losses in quantity or quality of cereals and oilseeds through environmentally sustainable solutions
  • Address needs of smallholder producers for on-farm or off-farm postharvest interventions
  • Improve the safety or nutritional quality of food consumed in low income households
  • Focus on problems facing food systems in Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, or Brazil

Applicants may request from $2,500 to $100,000 per year for up to three years.


Applicants for funding under this Open Window must hold appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Application Requirements

Applications must demonstrate:

  1. Causal linkages from a proposed activity related to improved postharvest practices to reduced poverty, increased food security and/or greater environmental sustainability.
  2. A partner or potential partner in the target regions that is willing and able to implement solutions that this research or capacity building emphasizes.
  3. A source of additional funding external to the University of Illinois that at least matches the level of funding requested through this ADMI Open Window.  Preference will be given to proposals that leverage the most external funding. (Matching funds are not required for requests of less than $12,000).

Application Process

Applications for funding under this Open Window will be reviewed in a two stage process.

Stage one: Submission of a concept note of no more than three pages indicating the objectives, methods, timeframe, and budget for the proposed activity.  This concept note should address the three requirements noted above and should be submitted by an eligible individual.   The ADMI Director will review concept notes within 2 weeks of submission and will notify the applicant whether the proposal can advance to stage two.  (Requests for less than $12,000 may be approved without advancing to stage 2.)

Stage two: Submission of a full proposal of no more than 10 pages plus documentation of external funding; a letter of support from at least one partner organization interested in benefitting from or partnering in the proposed activity; and CVs of key participants. The proposal should include:

  1. Statement of the problem that the activity seeks to address
  2. Statement of specific goals or objectives of the activity
  3. Explanation of the causal links between the activity and the priority areas stated above
  4. Description of the approach and methods to be used in the activity
  5. Explanation of anticipated impacts and specific deliverables
  6. Timeline for activities
  7. Budget narrative
  8. Budget

If the Open Window submission is part of a larger application for funding from an external source, the proposal used for that source may be submitted with additional attachments to ensure that the elements requested here are included.

Members of the ADMI scientific committee or other reviewers identified by the ADMI Director will evaluate the full proposal.  Proposals will normally be evaluated within two weeks of submission.

Submission Procedures

Responses to this call will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 15, 2019.  Questions may be directed to  Submit concept notes and other materials to  Submissions should indicate “ADMI Open Window Submission” in the subject line.