- These grants are offered to non-profit organizations to help them use academic research and researchers to bolster their work.
- Organizations eligible to apply for and receive FAI grants need not be located in the U.S., but they must be registered charities /groups in their own countries and comparable to U.S.
- Each applicant can request a grant amount from $2,000 (minimum) to $20,000 (maximum).
- The award period is nine months.
- Applications for these grants are accepted once a year within the Call For Application window.
Examples of work FAI grants can be used to support:
- Assist a group in an emerging economy to arrange and host regular meetings with academic experts in the local area.
- Defray the cost of adding an academic specialist to the team.
- Pay a staff member to spend one day a week on academic matters (e.g. prepare summaries of academic papers; manage a project on evidence syntheses that involves consulting academics
- For a team of independent “third party” academic experts to review and evaluate the effectiveness of a campaign.
An actual grant and its outcome:
- A $15,000 grant was offered to a group in Ukraine to commission local academic researchers from the most prestigious academic institutions in Ukraine to undertake economic-focused
research regarding the use of cage-free egg production system, with egg producers as the target audience. Outcome of the grant:
- Academic researchers who were commissioned came up with compelling data that show cage-free systems are excellent investments and make more economic sense than changing to
- Initial feedback to the research findings from the government and egg producers is very positive.
- The Ukraine group emphasized the importance of the report coming from researchers "with high credibility" in the eyes of the producers.