Request for Information Number: RFI-306-19-OED-01 Date of Issue: March 11, 2019 Closing Date for Submissions: March25, 2019 Closing time: 17:00 Eastern StandardTime (EST) Notice Type: Request for Information Subject: USAID/Afghanistan Requestfor Information on Co-Creation of Higher Education Partnerships To: All InterestedRespondents/Parties: The United States Government, represented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Mission in Afghanistan, is publishing this Request for Information in order to obtain information and input from all interested entities on higher education partnerships developed through a co-creation process. The information will be used to help make planning decisions and influence activity design to improve future development outcomes, and is published in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10 and FAR 15.201(e). This announcement is a Request for Information (RFI), issued solely for information and planning purposes, and does not constitute a Request for Applications (RFA)or a Request for Proposals (RFP). Responses to this RFI are not applications or official proposals and will in no way be deemed to form any binding agreement with the RFI issuing authority. Please do not submit applications, proposals,or resumes as they will be discarded. Proprietary information should not be sent. USAID may use any information provided without incurring any obligation. USAID reserves the right to, or not to, incorporate any, some, or none of the comments received from this RFI into any subsequent solicitations or design documents. This RFI will not be construed as a commitment by the U.S. Government to issue any solicitation, award any grant,or pay for any information submitted as a result of this request. Responders are solely responsible for bearing all expenses associated with preparation and submission of the response to this RFI. It is the potential applicant's responsibility to monitor the site for the release of any further information. It should be noted that responding to this RFI will not give any advantage to any organization in any subsequent procurement. All types of organizations and firms are strongly encouraged to provide information/comments. Any information submitted in response to this notice is voluntary. All responses must be submitted electronically in the format of Annex 1 in English to Contracting Officer Amy McQuade at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plase see attached RFI and Annex 1 for further instructions and information. No questions will be accepted. Responses to this RFI will be accepted through March 25, 2019 at 17:00EST. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the U.S. Government’s use of such information. FAR Clause 52.215-3 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR SOLICITATION FOR PLANNING PURPOSES(OCT 1997) is attached and made part of this RFI. USAID is not responsible for any costs incurred in responding to the attached RFI. Thank you for your interest inUSAID/Afghanistan programs and we look forward to your comments.