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I have a great idea – can I submit a proposal to USAID?
USAID generally works by developing direct programs with host countries and through competitive procedures for selection of contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants. This approach ensures that all activities are concentrated on pre-defined objectives to maximize impact; and that they are consistent, mutually reinforcing and draw services from the best available sources.
While unsolicited proposals will continue to be received and reviewed for funding, potential offerors should be aware that only in highly exceptional cases are such proposals likely to be approved for funding.
A valid unsolicited proposal or application must:
Unsolicited proposals and applications must contain the following:
In evaluating an unsolicited proposal or application, USAID/El Salvador will consider:
A favorable comprehensive evaluation of an unsolicited proposal is not, in itself, sufficient justification for negotiating on a noncompetitive basis with the offeror. Any unsolicited proposal may be rejected by USAID/El Salvador. If so, the offeror will be notified by a letter with the reasons for the rejections. USAID may not use any unique and innovative unsolicited proposal or application as the basis for, or as a portion of, negotiations with another party unless the original offeror is notified and agrees to the requested use.
Decisions to proceed with the award of a noncompetitive contract on the basis of an unsolicited proposal shall be made in accordance with the requirements of Subpart 15.6 of the FAR (48 CFR Subpart 715.5). Decisions to proceed with the award of a noncompetitive grant or cooperative agreement on the basis of an unsolicited application shall be made in accordance with the requirements of USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) Chapter 303 – “Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations.” If it is determined that the subject matter of any unsolicited proposal is acceptable for funding on a noncompetitive basis, the unsolicited proposal or application will serve as the basis for negotiation. USAID’s contracting or grant officer may require, and request, additional supplemental information for the offeror, as necessary.