The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Higher Education Capacity Development (HECD) Program. Eligibility for this award is not restricted. The application process will utilize oral presentations and will be performed in three phases: Phase 1: Initial Summary Application; Phase 2: Oral Presentations: up to three successful applicants from phase 1 will be invited to give an in-person oral presentation phase in Beirut, Lebanon; and Phase 3: Full Application: the apparently successful applicant will submit a written technical application and business (cost) application. USAID intends to make an award to the Applicant(s) who best meets the objectives of this funding opportunity based on the merit review criteria described in this NOFO subject to a risk assessment. Eligible parties interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this NOFO thoroughly to understand the type of program sought, application submission requirements and selection process. To be eligible for award, the Applicant must provide all information as required in this NOFO and meet eligibility standards in Section C of this NOFO. This funding opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov, and may be amended. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to regularly check the website to ensure they have the latest information pertaining to this notice of funding opportunity and to ensure that the NOFO has been received from the internet in its entirety. USAID bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion process. If you have difficulty registering on www.grants.gov or accessing the NOFO, please contact the Grants.gov Helpdesk at 1-800-518-4726 or via email at email@example.com for technical assistance. USAID may not award to an Applicant unless the Applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) requirements detailed in Section D.3.g. The registration process may take many weeks to complete. Therefore, Applicants are encouraged to begin registration early in the process. Please send any questions to the point(s) of contact identified in Section D. The deadline for questions is shown above. Responses to questions received prior to the deadline will be furnished to all potential Applicants through an amendment to this notice posted to www.grants.gov. Issuance of this notice of funding opportunity does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the Government nor does it commit the Government to pay for any costs incurred in preparation or submission of comments/suggestions or an application. Applications are submitted at the risk of the Applicant. All preparation and submission costs are at the Applicant’s expense. Thank you for your interest in USAID programs.