EU-Eritrea: Strengthening the Capacities of Civil Society Organisations & Local Authorities

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its thematic programme “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities” to strengthen civil society organisations’ and local authorities’ contribution to governance and development processes.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • LOT 1 – CSOs (EUR 950 000): To support and strengthen CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as development actors, services providers and agents in policy processes, in coordination with the country’s relevant stakeholders, in the areas of:
    • support to children, women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups
    • gender equality
    • education
    • health
    • food security and sustainable natural resources management
    • water and sanitation
    • culture, media and information
    • cultural and natural heritage
    • interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalisation
    • youth empowerment;
    • economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups and populations segments out of mainstream services
    • decent work and rights at work;
    • migration and fight to trafficking and smuggling.
  • To foster CSOs’ cooperation with similar entities (eg with other Eritrean, African and European CSOs) and with LAs in-country and abroad and/or to strengthen CSOs’ cooperation with international and regional intergovernmental organisations.
  • LOT 2 – LAs (EUR 300 000): To support LAas’ capacity to perform their roles as development actors, service and welfare providers, and promoters of inclusive and sustainable growth at the local level (according to their institutional mandate) in the areas of:
    • support to children, women, people with disability and other vulnerable groups
    • gender equality
    • education
    • health
    • food security and sustainable natural resources management
    • water and sanitation
    • culture, media and information
    • cultural and natural heritage
    • interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalisations
    • youth empowerment
    • economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups and populations segments out of mainstream services
    • decent work and rights at work
    • migration and fight to trafficking and smuggling
  • To foster LAs’ cooperation with similar entities (eg with other Eritrean, African and European LAs) and with CSOs in-country and abroad and/or to strengthen LAs’ cooperation with international and regional intergovernmental organisations.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • LOT 1 – CSOs
    • minimum amount: EUR 150 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 500 000
  • LOT 2 – LAs
    • minimum amount: EUR 150 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 300 000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person or an entity without legal personality
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, , local authority
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in the State of Eritrea or in another EU partner countries, as follows:
      • developing countries that are included in the list of recipients of ODA established by the OECD/DAC including countries and territories falling within the scope of Council Decision 2013/755/EU on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union (‘Overseas Association Decision’)
      • countries that are signatories to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, including South Africa
      • countries eligible for the European Development Fund
      • countries eligible for Union funding under the European Neighbourhood Instrument established by Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council (the ‘European Neighbourhood Instrument’) including the Russian Federation.
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

CDC: Polio Eradication and Emergency Response in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Deadline: 15 June 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applications from eligible entities to fund a program entitled “Polio Eradication and Emergency Response in Priority Countries” with an aim to support the government of Afghanistan and Pakistan to achieve polio eradication in 2016 and provide for post-eradication sustaining efforts.

The program has established a presidential task force and activated an Emergency Operation Center to implement and monitor activities. Multiple partners are working with the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) including Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and others.

Strategies

  • Support polio campaign activities in security compromised and inaccessible areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Improve training and supervision of polio eradication initiative (PEI) activities in Priority 1 and 2 low-performing districts (LPDs) in Afghanistan
  • IPV catch-up vaccination of children < 5 years of age in low-performing districts of Afghanistan.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased access to children with polio vaccine in the insecure and inaccessible areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Improved quality of polio campaigns in Priority 1 and 2 low-performing districts.
  • Improved Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) coverage among children < 5 years of age in Afghanistan.

Funding Information:  Subject to the availability of funds, the estimated total funding is$2,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicant must have demonstrated experience and collaboration in the following areas:

  • Collaboration in public health programs with priority country national governments
  • Collaboration with multiple polio eradication partners including BMGF, USAID, WHO, UNICEF, Rotary and others
  • Collaboration with movement partners ICRC and ARCS who will negotiate for safe access in insecure areas
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in designing and implementing public health action and programs in complex settings
  • Demonstrated capacity to mobilize sufficient culturally competent personnel to achieve outcomes
  • Ability to manage grants and contracts

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Polio Eradication and Emergency Response.

European Union RE-INTEG: Creating a Conductive Environment for Economic & Social Development

Deadline: 15 July 2016

The European Union Emergency Trust Fund is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for “Enhancing Somalia’s responsiveness to the management and reintegration of mixed migration flows” with an aim to contribute to Somalia’s transition out of fragility by strengthening stability and security and by creating a favorable environment for the economic and social development.

The programme is divided into five lots:

  • Lot 1: Mogadishu – 12 M€
  • Lot 2: Somaliland (with a special focus on Hargeysa and Burao) – 4 M€
  • Lot 3: Puntland and Galmadug (with a special focus on Bosasso, Galkayo, Dhusamareb and Cadaado – 9M€
  • Lot 4: Jubaland (with a special focus on Baardhere, Ceel Waaq, Bu aale, Kismayo and Afmadoye) –  4M€
  • Lot 5: South-West (with a special focus on Afgoye, Merka and Baidoa) – 4 M€

Focus Sectors

  • Education
  • Health (including psychosocial support)
  • WASH
  • Social protection
  • Sustainable job
  • livelihood

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1: Mogadishu
    • minimum amount: EUR 8 000 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 12 000 000
  • Lot 2: Somaliland
    • minimum amount: EUR 3 500 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 4 000 000
  • Lot 3: Puntland and Galmadug
    • minimum amount: EUR 7 000 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 9 000 000
  • Lot 4: Jubaland
    • minimum amount: EUR 3 500 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 4 000 000
  • Lot 5: South-West
    • minimum amount: EUR 3 500 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 4 000 000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as non-governmental organisation or international (inter-governmental) organisation of the EU Financial Regulation
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in a member states of the European Economic Area (EEA), an ACP State or a least developed country as defined by the UN. This obligation does not apply to international organisations
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
    • have at least two years of experience in Somalia/Somaliland and have a legal valid registration in the area of intervention (where applicable)
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter.

How to Apply

Applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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.

Call for Proposals: UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research in Non-Communicable Diseases

Deadline: 20 April 2016

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Academy of Science, Malaysia (ASM) are currently inviting proposals to the UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research Call on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund.

This initiative will provide funding for UK-Malaysian collaborative research projects focused on non-communicable diseases in Malaysia.

Funding Available

The award of up to £2m of MRC funding available for this scheme, and up to £2m from ASM will be provided for the applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

This call will fund partnerships between UK and Malaysia based researchers working in the area of NCDs.

For support under this call, applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency:

  • MRC
    • For the UK participants, standard RCUK eligibility criteria as described on the RCUK website will apply.
    • This call is a ‘managed mode’ call being run by the MRC on behalf of the participating research councils. Therefore Research Organisations that are eligible to apply to the MRC, for example MRC Units and Institutes may apply to this call.
  • Malaysia
    • The Malaysian PI must have been awarded a doctorate or have equivalent research experience at the time of application. Applicants working towards a PhD, or awaiting the outcome of their viva/ submission of corrections are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be Malaysian citizens and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute in Malaysia. Applicants with fixed terms contracts finishing before their grant end-date must secure confirmation from their Head of Department, stating that their contract will be extended to cover the duration of the award if their application is successful.
    • Contact between the Malaysian PI and UK PI prior to the application is essential. This contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually beneficial research project proposal. Please note that ASM & MRCUK will not be able to assist in locating a Malaysian or UK collaborator.
    • Applications cannot be accepted from Principal Investigators in commercial organisations.
    • Applicants must be competent in oral and written English.
    • The Malaysian Applicant’s employing organisation must be willing to agree to administer the grant.

Key Dates

  • Closing Date for investigators to indicate their intention to submit a proposal Wednesday, 20th April 2016
  • Deadline for investigators to submit proposal Wednesday, 1 June 2016 (4pm UK time)
  • Panel Meeting October 2016
  • Grants begin by 17 January 2017

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to submit the Expressions of Interest and then full applications via email.

For more information, please visit UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research.

ViiV Healthcare Small Grants Program: Positive Action for MSM and Transgender

Deadline: 20 May 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking applications from organisations for its “Positive Actions for MSM & Transgender” Small Grants programme which is a new global initiative designed to support and inform the global effort to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS among MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender populations around the world and to enable MSM and transgender individuals to safely seek culturally competent HIV care and services.

The program focuses on vulnerable communities and the stigma and discrimination they face on a daily basis due to sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and/or HIV status and will continue to support MSM/T communities as they strengthen their capacity to lead, participate in policy-making and advocate addressing the health disparities and health service access issues keeping MSM/T individuals from lifesaving prevention and treatment.

Objectives

  • Reduce the level and impact of stigma experienced by MSM/T individuals
  • Increase access to health related services through community-based collaborations with local governments and health care enablers
  • Strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations that engage MSM/T communities in reducing HIV

Grant Information

In 2016 ViiV Healthcare will provide a series of small grants covering a two year period with funding amounts up to £25,000/year within two funding tracks;

  • Applications for MSM community-led projects that are limited to applications of 50,000 over two years
  • Applications for Transgender community-led projects that are limited to applications of £50,000 over two years.

Funding Priorities

  • Community engagement, participation and leadership
  • Community-centred approaches
  • Evidence-based and Evidence-generating
  • New technology and Innovation
  • Advocacy and Empowerment

Eligibility Criteria

  • There are no geographical restrictions on applications.
  • For applicants applying from India must have the following documentation in place to submit an application and be able to meet ViiV Healthcare due diligence process:
    • Proof of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration, and
    • Copy of current 80g

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare.

Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Awards: Catalyse Innovative Development Projects in areas of Unmet Medical Need

Deadline: 20 June 2016

The Wellcome Trust is currently seeking applications for the Pathfinder Awards, funding innovative discrete pilot studies to develop assets and de-risk future development.

Priority Areas

Priorities for Pathfinder Award funding include (in no particular order):

  • discrete high-quality experiments to demonstrate proof-of-concept data assay development
  • IP development for a critical experiment to validate IP (in strong cases)
  • stimulating product development that could ultimately improve the outlook for patients with orphan and neglected diseases
  • encouraging effective partnership between a public sector applicant (academic or not-for-profit entity) and a company partner.

Funding Description

  • The average award amount is envisaged to be in the region of £100,000, but up to £350,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • For partnership applications, the Wellcome Trust contribution to the partnership will be capped at £100,000.Evidence of matching funding from the company partner will be expected.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications are welcome from academic and commercial organisations based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Applications from organisations and companies overseas will only be considered when applying in partnership.
  • Eligible institutions are not-for-profit research institutions, including those funded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and equivalents that are registered to Welcome Trust Grant Conditions.
  • Commercial companies are eligible to apply either as lead applicants or as collaborators.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit their applications through an online process.

For more information, please visit Wellcome Trust.

CFH Foundation: Round 2 Grants of US$25,000 for NGOs in Developing Countries

Deadline: 1 July 2016

The Conservation, Food and Health (CFH) Foundation is accepting concept notes for its second round grants from non-profit organizations in the developing countries that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field.

Focus Areas

  • Conservation: Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:
    • help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries
    • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training
  • Food: Food grants support focused efforts to improve access to food for consumption in developing countries. Areas of interest include projects that:
    • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries
    • explore and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale food producers and farmers
    • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops of developing countries
  • Health: The foundation supports public health programs that are preventive rather than curative in nature. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:
    • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health
    • increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases

Grant Information

The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $25,000 are rarely awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The foundation’s geographic focus is the developing world.
  • The foundation will support: Non-governmental organizations (NGO), Nonprofit organizations, Civil society organizations, Community-based organizations, Colleges, universities and academic institutions.
  • The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations other foundations or churches.

How to Apply

  • The application process consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full proposals
  • Applicants must first submit a concept note and the selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

For more information, please visit CFH Grants.

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.