Notice Of Intent – Bridge to Middle School Activity, Morocco

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Funding Opportunity ID:333628
Opportunity Number:72060821NOI00001
Opportunity Title:Notice Of Intent – Bridge to Middle School Activity, Morocco
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):98.001
Eligible Applicants:Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:USAID-MOR
Agency Name:Agency for International Development
Morocco USAID-Rabat
Posted Date:May 18, 2021
Close Date:Jun 29, 2021
Last Updated Date:May 18, 2021
Award Ceiling:$25,000,000
Award Floor:$20,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:1
Description:Notice of Intent for the “Bridge to Middle School” Activity THIS NOTICE OF INTENT IS NOT A NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to provide advance notification to potential bidders that USAID/Morocco is contemplating issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a program provisionally titled “Bridge to Middle School.” USAID intends to issue a future “Request for Information” (RFI) for the same program. However, interested organizations should continue to check grants.gov for the NOFO. The “Bridge” activity will contribute to the Intermediate Result 4 of USAID Morocco's CDCS: Learning outcomes and skills sustainably improved. The program will build on the notable successes of the current USAID-funded National Reading Program, which has reformed the way in which reading in Arabic is taught in the early grades. In a subset of pilot schools (50-110) across select regions (3-4) of the country, the “Bridge” activity will support the Moroccan Ministry of Education to: a) analyze and remediate challenges in the upper primary grades in key subject areas (to include Arabic literacy, and, potentially, math and science); b) reform instruction in the middle school grades in both literacy (Arabic and English) and, to the degree possible, STEM-related subjects (math, sciences, and technology). Lessons learned from these pilot interventions will be used to support policy dialogue and the scale up of national education reforms. This new activity has an estimated cost range between $20 million and $25 million over the course of five years, with an anticipated start date in the second quarter of FY 2022. Interested organizations should note that approximately $5-6 million of the available budgetary resources are provisionally reserved for the work in middle school English language programming. They should also note that USAID/Morocco encourages, whenever possible, the inclusion of Moroccan expertise and formation of partnerships with local institutions for program implementation. Release of this notice is for informational purposes only and does not obligate USAID/Morocco to release an RFI or a NOFO, to pay for any costs that may be incurred by interested parties for any action taken in response to the issuance of this NOI, or to make any awards. Questions or comments regarding this Notice of Intent may be addressed in writing to Zachary Clarke at [email protected] and to Salya Yacoubi at [email protected] Please acknowledge receipt of this letter by signing and returning a copy of this NOI to Zachary Clarke at [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] Please acknowledge receipt of this letter below: Organization's Name: _______________________________________ Authorized Individual's name and title: _______________________________________ Signature: _______________________________________ Sincerely, Zachary Clarke Agreement Officer
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