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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Batwa Livelihoods Innovations Challenge (BLIC)

Posted on : Monday, September 6, 2021


This Request for Applications (RFA) the Batwa Livelihoods Innovations Challenge (BLIC) is issued by Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) through the Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research: Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (LASER PULSE) at Purdue University. LASER PULSE is a five-year program implemented by a consortium comprising Purdue University (lead institution), the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Makerere University, and Catholic Relief Services. LASER PULSE is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement 7200AA18CA00009.

Topic: The Batwa Livelihoods Innovations Challenge (BLIC)
Area of Interest: Indigenous Peoples of Uganda, specifically the Batwa people of southwestern
Country: Uganda

Award Number and Size: 1 to 3 awards for a period of up to 8 to 12 months of research and translation for up to $10,000-$35,000 per award; for this RFA we expect to award $100,000 in total funding across all awards.

Application Submission Process and Timeline:
Issuance of Request for Application: August 20, 2021 Deadline for submission of questions on the RFA: September 8, 2021

Webinar to address questions regarding RFA: September 9, 2021(Register and submit your questions here for the Webinar)

Deadline for submission of Application: September 20, 2021 Expected award status notification: October 29, 2021

To apply, download the BLIC RFA document here.

Contact Information: For programmatic questions, please email Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato at or Send an email to

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