Sunday, 24 April 2016

USAID Broad Agency Announcement for Global Health Challenges

Deadline: 13 April 2017
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.
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

U.S. Department of State Bureau of DRL: Supporting Projects of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Pakistan

Deadline: 31 May 2016
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is seeking proposals from the eligible organisations for projects  that supports democracy, human rights and rule of law in Pakistan.
Programs (with objectives)
§  Alternative Dispute Resolution: Improved access to justice, especially for marginalized populations.
§  Independent media small grants program: Protect and expand the space for small, independent media entities to report with transparency and objectivity.
§  Improving media coverage of minority communities: Increased mutual understanding, protection, and respect for all faiths. The bureau seeks proposals that will promote responsible and objective media coverage of minority communities among journalists, editors, and media owners.
§  Education and action for the protection of minorities: DRL seeks proposals in support of this objective that will
§  Educate members of minority communities about existing laws that serve to protect their rights;
§  Educate the general population about existing laws that protect minority communities;
§  Support advocacy toward improved legislation for further protections, including a focus on laws addressing conversions, marriage and divorce, family rights, property ownership, and inheritance, among others
Funding Information
Subject to the availability of funding, DRL anticipates having approximately $7,000,000 available to support multiple successful applications submitted
§  Alternative Dispute Resolution: Approximately $1,800,000
§  Independent media small grants program: Approximately $1,000,000
§  Improving media coverage of minority communities: Approximately $1,000,000
§  Education and action for the protection of minorities: Approximately $1,000,000
Eligibility Criteria
§  DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.
§  DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited
§  Applicants must have existing or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities and relevant stakeholders including industry and NGOs and have demonstrable experience in administering successful and preferably similar projects.
§  DRL encourages applications from foreign-based NGOs headquartered in the geographic regions/countries.
§  DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on applicants that do not have previous experience administering federal grant awards, and these applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.
§  DRL is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
§  DRL welcomes applications irrespective of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other status.
§  DRL encourages applications from organizations working with the most at risk and vulnerable communities, including women, youth, persons with disabilities, members of ethnic or religious minority groups, and LGBTI persons.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can submit their application materials via given website.
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USAID Sustainable Water Partnership: Increasing Resilience to Water Security Risk

Deadline: 16 May 2016
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. organization, individual, non-profit, for-profit entity or private and public institutions of higher education to fund a program entitled “Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)” with an aim to increase resilience to water security risk at the basin, sub-basin, or local catchment scale.
The activity will be designed to support USAID and host country governments in safeguarding access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, socio-economic development, and the protection of ecosystem services that underpin the development objectives.
Focus Countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda
Funding Information
§  Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide up to $65 million in total USAID funding over a five-year period.
§  The period of performance anticipated herein is five (5) years. The start date will be upon the signature of the award, estimated to be on or about September 2016.
§  Increasing the understanding of men’s and women’s roles and relations and integration of gender and sustainable management of water.
§  Transparency in planning and decision making
§  Stakeholder dialogue and engagement
§  Training, capacity-building, and action
§  Monitoring and evaluation
Eligibility Criteria
§  Applications may be submitted by any U.S. or non-U.S. organization, individual, non-profit, for-profit entity, or private and public institutions of higher education.
§  USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
§  Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations.
§  The Recipient must be a responsible entity.
How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application forms electronically via given website.
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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Implementation Grants & Diffusion Grants under the Humanitarian Innovation Fund

April 12, 2016 
Implementation Grants
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund provides implementation grants for the  implementation of an innovation to produce tangible real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.
Development and implementation are two stages that are strongly interlinked in the innovation process where fluidity is key to create wider impact. But development is the preliminary stage involving initial testing in the field as opposed to implementation which is a more mature phase involving refinements for wider testing and scale readiness.
A grant from £75,000 to £150,000 is available for the Implementation phase of the process
Focus Projects
§  Testing and validating methods and business models
§  Testing and validating social impact and cost-effectiveness
§  Making operational refinements
§  Building paths to sustainability and scale

Past Projects
§  Linking Communities to Mine Action – Strengthening Community Liaison through Digital Platforms is a project by the Danish Demining Group (DDG)
§  Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies TM – Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) project by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

For more information, please visit Implementation Grants.
Diffusion Grants: Scaling and Leading Up Innovations
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund provides Diffusion grants for diffusion and extended outreach of successful innovations – taking them to scale and leading to wider adoptions outside the original setting.
All proposals will be assessed against the following selection criteria with equal weighting:
§  Impact
§  Approach
§  Feasibility
§  Team
Proposals will not be considered for full evaluation if:
§  The application is incomplete
§  The application exceeds 5 pages (excluding attachments)
§  The proposal exceeds the maximum duration/value allowed
§  The applicant, project, or costs are not eligible

Note: Diffusion grants are only open to organisations that have previously received a HIF core grant.

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