The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity

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The objective of this RFA is: To solicit applications from food and nutrition security practitioners to support the development of products and tools, conduct events, and implement practical activities to improve the quality of food and nutrition security programming among FFP-target populations. Successful Micro Grant applications will align with IDEAL’s content focus areas, the FFP Learning Agenda and identified gaps and needs expressed by implementing partners.

This RFA is not intended to solicit applications for research work done by Development Food Security Activities (DFSAs) during the Refine and Implement (R&I) period.


Over the past decade, FFP made significant investments in strengthening implementer capacity in a number of key technical areas central to food and nutrition security (e.g. Agriculture, WASH, Commodity Management, Nutrition Technology). Under IDEAL, the emphasis will shift to underlying content focus areas that have received less attention in recent years but remain central to protecting and enhancing lives and livelihoods while transforming communities and institutions. These focus areas represents areas of current practice for implementing partners working in food and nutrition security and offer clear opportunities for capacity strengthening and enhanced sharing across partners on best and promising practices.

Content Focus Areas for IDEAL:

  1. Strengthening the quality and impact of emergency programming
  2. Data collection and analysis for improved program design and impact
  3. Adaptive management and application of learning
  4. Integrated activity design and implementation
  5. Sustainability and planning for exit
  6. Social and behavior change
  7. Equity, empowerment, social cohesion and social accountability


Prime applicants may be U.S. and non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education that can contribute to IDEAL’s strategic objective of promoting systems-level approaches to improving the design, implementation and overall effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities. Experience with USAID or FFP funding is not required to apply.