The Stop TB Parnership’s TB REACH has announced that it is accepting proposals for the Wave 3 round of funding. It has received support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and UNITAD.
There will be two separate funding tracks under this program:
General Wave 3 Track: This funding track is open to applicants from 86 eligible countries. This track is for one-year projects for up to $US 1 million to improve TB case finding. Applicants can propose all types of innovative TB case finding interventions, however they are encouraged to focus on detecting TB in the following populations depending on the local epidemiologic context and setting: people living with HIV, children, miners, migrants, incarcerated persons and people with diabetes or COPD.
UNITAID Xpert Track: This funding track is open to applicants in 19 countries who wish to implement Xpert MTB/RIF scale up interventions using innovative approaches.
Except in three countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan) where there will be a specific focus on sustainable public-private partnership approaches using a social enterprise model that will be organized and supported by Interactive Research and Development (IRD) in collaboration with the national TB programme and applicants should consult IRD to develop their application, in the other 16 countries all approaches will be considered provided applications meet eligibility criteria and are accompanied by a letter of support from the national TB programme. Grants under the UNITAID Xpert Track are for two years and for up to $US 1 million. Proposals should focus on rolling out Xpert MTB/RIF technology to improve case finding. Applicants should note that for this funding track proposals may only allocate a maximum of US$ 1 of TB REACH funds for every US$ 1 of Xpert equipment and consumables proposed for use in a project over the entire two-year period.