USAID Broad Agency Announcement for Global Health Challenges

Deadline: 13 May 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is inviting applicants for USAID Global Health Challenges to seek opportunities to co-create, co-design, coinvest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address the most pressing problems in global health.

It is to generate novel tools and approaches that accelerate and sustain improved health outcomes in developing countries.

 Criteria for Consideration

  • Initial submissions are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely whether USAID believes that the submitter will be a valuable contributor to the co-creation process.
  • Concept Papers are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on USAID’s determination that the Concept Paper will successfully address the Problem and Challenges set forth herein.
  • Decisions regarding USAID’s pursuit of a particular project, technology or relationship are based on the available evidence, data and resulting analysis.
  • The reputations of an organization, its past performance, the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
  • Additional criteria that may be considered under this BAA to indicate that the submission successfully addresses the Problem and Challenges will be specified in each Addendum.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

ViiV Healthcare: Call for Proposals for Positive Actions for Girls and Women Funds

Deadline: 26 April 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking proposals from organisations for its Positive Actions for Girls and Women Fund with an aim to tackle the harmful practices and norms that limit the aspirations of girls and women and increase their vulnerability to HIV and to fund projects which focus on the reducing the commoditization of girls as well as supporting projects and organisations that advocate for girls and women.

Objectives

  • Reduce the commoditization of girls (e.g. sexual or gender-based violence, early marriage, forced sex work, inter-generational relationships)
  • Support existing projects, organisations and innovators that advocate for girls and women

Funding Information: The 2016 Call for Proposals is limited to applications of £50,000 over two years (about £25,000 per year).

Focus Areas

  • Community leadership to improve knowledge of and access to appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services in early adolescence
  • Reducing incidence of and ending community acceptance of early marriage, forced marriage and relationships of power imbalance
  • Community interventions to end sexual and gender based violence, particularly amongst adolescent girls
  • Community initiatives that support HIV positive adolescent girls to access appropriate SRH information and services; and reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination that may lead to vulnerability for these girls
  • Community advocacy that address punitive laws and policies that put adolescent girls at risk of harassment, violence and/or arrest by the police, including girls in key populations

Selection Criteria

  • Addresses harmful practices that leads to health/HIV risk
  • Promoting rights, education and campaigning rights of girls
  • Build aspiration and opportunities to escape poverty for adolescent girls
  • Enhance information about and access to SRH services
  • Advocacy
  • Demonstrating Impact (Monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Addresses root causes
  • Assure sustainability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-governmental and community-based organisations that can deliver change at a community level
  • The PAGW does not have any specific restrictions, although it is expected to be focused on communities in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The PAGW accepts applications in French.
  • The lead contact should be the person responsible for delivery of the project at a country level wherever possible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare.

DHHS/ACF: Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Discretionary Grants Program

Deadline: 10 June 2016

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), agency of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking applications from eligible entities for Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Discretionary Grant Program to enhance and expand the organizational capacity of FVPSA funded local domestic and dating violence programs, FVPSA State Administrators, and State Domestic Violence Coalitions that support these programs.

Responsibilities

  • Grantee will be expected to provide national scope technical assistance to help build the capacity of grantees to maintain organizations that are healthy, sound, and sustainable in order to better serve survivors of family, domestic and dating violence and their dependents.
  • The grantee will provide training and technical assistance on FVPSA-related statutory programmatic requirements (e.g., voluntary services and confidentiality and how they apply to states and territories, coalitions, and local programs).
  • The grantee will also be required to provide training and technical assistance on organizational management and infrastructure development.

Focus Areas

  • Membership and Board Governance: bylaws, board structure and recruitment, legal and fiduciary responsibilities, board committees, and conflicts of interest;
  • Financial Management: including grants management; Human Resources – policies and personnel management;
  • Chief Executive Succession Planning & Strategic Planning: vision and programming;
  • Building Partnerships: including with culturally-specific organizations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit FVPSA Discretionary Grant Program.

DHHS/FDA: Promoting Safety of FDA Regulated Products & Advance Public Health

Deadline: 2 July 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking applications from organisations with an aim to promote the safety of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated products and advance public health through strengthened collaboration and partnerships with State legislatures.

Objectives

  • Inform FDA of proposed State legislation regarding FDA regulated products and provide status updates.
  • Provide technical assistance to FDA, State legislatures, and State, local, territorial, and tribal agencies on legislation regarding FDA regulated products.
  • Provide outreach to State legislatures and regulatory agencies on proposed and existing FDA regulations.
  • Provide FDA with situational awareness of State legislative activities.
  • Promote informed decision-making by State legislatures and regulatory agencies on regulatory issues impacting FDA regulated products.

Funding Information

  • FDA intends to fund up to $175,000, for fiscal year 2016 in support of this grant program.
  • The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is five (5) years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • National associations/organizations
    • The association/organization must serve as a bipartisan organization of by and for state legislatures.
    • The association must be dedicated to serving all state legislators and legislative staff through research, publications, consulting assistance, meetings, seminars and electronic services.
    • The association must serve to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures.
  • Foreign Institutions
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
    • Foreign components are not allowed

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Strengthening Partnerships with State Legislatures.

CDC: Inviting Applicants for Building Public Health Capacity for Drought Response Program

Deadline: 9 June 2016

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applications from eligible entities for funding a program entitled “Building Public Health Capacity for Drought Response” with an aim to improve drought preparedness and resiliency among private citizens and to subsequently reduce drought-related morbidity and mortality.

This will be done by identifying and qualifying current and potential health effects of drought in the awardees’ region and identifying the at-risk communities.

Approach

  • Identify and engage stakeholders;
  • Identify and acquire existing data related to drought and health;
  • Analyze these data to identify current and potential drought-related health effects and at-risk population;
  • Draft a plan to mitigate identified health effects in identified target populations;
  • Develop interventions;
  • Implement interventions;
  • Conduct process and outcome evaluations.

Expected Outcomes 

  • Increased number of private citizens aware of potential health effects of drought
  • Increased number of private citizens taking appropriate actions to protect themselves from potential health effects of drought
  • Improved capacity of public health to protect the public from drought-related public health effects.

Funding Information: Subject to the availability of funds, the estimated total funding is $4,500,000

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Building Public Health Capacity for Drought Response.

DHHS/FDA: Strengthening & Promoting the Role of Local Health Departments

Deadline: 13 June 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking applications from organisations for funding with an aim to strengthen and promote the role of local health departments in retail food safety regulation and support effective city and county regulatory programs responsible for retail food protection in the United States.

Objectives

  • Collaborate with an organization to enhance and expand an existing peer mentoring program that pairs local health department officials who have experience successfully implementing the Retail Program Standards with those who have experienced difficulty implementing the standards or are just beginning to implement the Retail Program Standards.
  • Conduct research on how regulatory authority is exercised at the local level (e.g., identify regulatory programs that exercise regulatory authority directly and / or via delegation or contractual agreements.)
  • Conduct research on how retail food regulatory programs categorize / inspect establishments by risk (e.g., identify different approaches that retail food regulatory programs are using to categorize establishments, learn more about inspection frequency employed in local health departments, and share best practices).
  • Conduct research to learn more about how the Retail Program Standards are used as a tool for interacting with and fostering continuous improvement among local health departments and state agencies. From this research, identify and share best practices.
  • Conduct research to learn more about the roles local health departments are playing on regulatory policy issues such as menu labeling regulations, food defense, food donations, food banks, cottage foods and how food safety interfaces with these issues. From this research, identify best practices to share with local health departments.

Funding Information: FDA intends to award one five (5) year limited competition cooperative agreement with funds up to $800,000 total costs for fiscal year 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity is only available to the following nonprofit organizations/associations:

  • National organization/associations whose membership includes, but is not necessarily limited to, State, local, territorial, and/or tribal retail food safety regulators.
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Foreign components, as defined in the HHS Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.
  • Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support.
  • Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for FDA support.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must obtain application packages via given website.

For more information, please visit Role of Local Health Departments.

USAID/Tanzania: Comprehensive Health Services Delivery Program

Deadline: 2 May 2016

The United States Agency for International Development in Tanzania (USAID/Tanzania) is seeking applications for cooperative agreements from qualified U.S and Non-U.S. organisations to fund activities under a project entitled Comprehensive Health Services Delivery (CHSD) with an aim to support the recipients’ intervention and assistance to the Government of Tanzania (GOT) to increase access to high quality, comprehensive and integrated health services, especially for women and youth, with a focus on maternal, neonatal, child and reproductive health and nutrition outcomes.

Funding Information

Subject to funding availability, USAID/Tanzania intends to make three awards each with a period of performance of five (5) years

  • Lake/Western and National TA Grouping –$56,450,000; includes FP, MCH and PMI funding
  • North/Central Grouping – $123,200,000; includes HIV, TB, and FP funding
  • Southern Grouping – $145,561,110; includes HIV, TB, FP, MCH and PMI funding

Priority Areas

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Malaria
  • TB and TB/HIV
  • Nutrition
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH)

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved enabling environment for health service provision
  • Improved availability of quality, integrated health services at facility level
  • Increased access to health services at community level

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-US organizations may participate.
  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) s include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established USG standards, laws, and regulations. The successful applicant will be subject to a risk assessment (Pre-award Survey) by the AO.
  • The Recipient must be a responsible entity.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Comprehensive Health Services Delivery.

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program to Support Research Projects

Deadline: 7 May 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) is inviting organizations/institutions for Vaccine Action Program (VAP) with an aim  to support collaborative vaccine-related research projects that ultimately reduce the burden of infectious diseases of importance in India, the U.S., the South Asian region and globally.

The program will conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on a variety of infectious diseases, including immunologic characterization.

Priorities

  • Discovery, demonstration of the proof of principle, development of novel manufacturing processes, evaluation of the safety and efficacy and demonstration of the effectiveness of the use of new and improved vaccines to prevent:
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Pandemic and interpandemic influenza
    • Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)
    • Malaria
    • Enteric diseases
  • Discovery and/or development of vaccine adjuvants promoting mucosal or systemic responses; analysis of their mechanism of action; optimization of vaccine adjuvants to increase efficacy while reducing reactogenicity; development of in vitro assays for evaluating adjuvanticity and/or reactogenicity; identification of correlates of adjuvanticity;
  • Characterization of local and/or systemic immune responses and regulatory mechanisms in infants, compared to older children or adults, to vaccines or natural exposure/illness due to infectious diseases;
  • Mechanisms of systemic or mucosal immune response across the lifespan to infection or vaccination, including characterization of mucosal vaccine immune responses, and correlates/surrogates of mucosal immune responses;
  • New manufacturing and vaccine delivery technology;
  • Effectiveness of the introduction of new and improved vaccines into public health immunization programs;
  • Epidemiology of infectious disease in the human population.

Please visit next page for information regarding eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program: Addressing Needs of Rural Americans

Deadline: 1 June 2016

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications from colleges and universities for Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs.

The RHSE program supports quality of life in rural communities across the United States by addressing the relationship between rural prosperity and rural health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.

Priorities

The RHSE program proposals are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:

  • Information as to the value of good health at any age;
  • Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health;
  • Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health;
  • Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

Funding Information: The amount available for NIFA support of this program in FY 2016 is approximately $1.4 million.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities that are eligible to receive funds under the Act of July 2, 1862 (7 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), and the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.), including Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University and the University of the District of Columbia.
  • Applications also may be submitted by any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
  • Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed will preclude NIFA from making an award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit RHSE Competitive Grant Program.

HRSA: International AIDS Education and Training Center to Improve Health Outcomes of People Living with HIV

Deadline: 23 May 2016

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under Department of Health and Human Services is seeking applications for the International AIDS Education and Training Center (IAETC) program with an aim to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLWH) along the HIV treatment cascade by building sustainable health systems, including a global workforce with the right skills, mix, and distribution to respond to HIV and other population health priorities in countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and other countries with significant or increasing HIV and other infectious disease incidence rates.

The IAETC program will implement activities globally that are in alignment with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 3.0 and its focus on reaching the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 global treatment targets and, ultimately, PEPFAR’s plan to reach epidemic control of HIV.

Objectives

  • Identify, pilot, evaluate, and scale up new approaches to effective and efficient HIV service delivery through technical assistance, consultation and training;
  • Strengthen evidence-based comprehensive prevention approaches by targeting key populations including adolescent girls and young women;
  • Improve diagnosis, linkage, treatment, retention and viral suppression through training, consultation, and technical assistance.

Priority Areas

  • Engaged leadership;
  • A quality improvement strategy;
  • Empanelment or linking patients with specific providers to ensure the continuity of the patient–provider relationship;
  • Continuous and team-based healing relationships, including cross-training staff to allow team members to play various roles;
  • Organized, evidence-based care, including the use of decision support systems;
  • Patient-centered interactions to increase patients’ involvement in their own care;
  • Enhanced access to ensure patients have access to care and their clinical information after office hours;
  • Care coordination to reduce duplication of services and costs.
  • Use of human resources for health (HRH) data to target interventions and create efficient and sustainable delivery practices that optimize HRH to improve outcomes.
  • Adapting HRSA’s existing domestic and international evidence-based models of HIV care for key populations in clinical settings and mentoring programs.
  • Using HIV surveillance data to identify HIV-diagnosed individuals not in care, link them to care or re-engage patients into HIV services and support the HIV treatment continuum.
  • Efforts to intensify collaboration between Ministries of Health and Education as well as health professions councils/regulatory bodies and their respective contributions to the HRH dialogue.

For information regarding the application procedure and more, please visit this link.