USAID announces Medicines Quality Assurance Systems Strengthening Program (MQASSP)

Deadline: 22 April 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking concept papers from qualified applicants for the Medicines Quality Assurance Systems Strengthening Program (MQASSP).

The goal of the MQASSP APS is to sustainably strengthen medical product quality assurance systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) including advancing global innovations in this area. The purpose of this APS is to publicize the USG’s plan to fund one or multiple grants or cooperative agreements to address the goal of the APS.

The APS expected results include:

  • Objective 1: Governance for medical product quality assurance systems improved
  • Objective 2: Country and regional regulatory systems to assure the quality of medical products in the public and private sectors improved
  • Objective 3: Financial resources for medical product quality assurance optimized and increased
  • Objective 4: Supply of quality-assured essential medical products of public health importance increased
  • Objective 5: Global medical product quality assurance learning and operational agenda advanced

Funding Information

  • The expected total estimated amount for all cooperative agreements and/or grants to be awarded under this APS will be approximately $180 million USD. For Round 1, USAID intends to award one (1) cooperative agreement with a total estimated amount of up to $160 million.
  • The period of performance anticipated for the cooperative agreement awarded under Round 1 of this APS is not expected to exceed five years in duration. For Round 1, the anticipated start date for the award(s) is on or about July 31, 2019.

Eligible Entities

  • Through this APS, USAID seeks to make awards to organizations and/or partnerships that can make concrete contributions to sustainably strengthen medical product quality assurance systems in LMICs including advancing global innovations in this area.
  • U.S. and non-U.S. public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, and non-governmental organizations, are eligible to submit a concept paper.
  • Further, the organization must be a legally recognized organizational entity under applicable law, legally registered in a country within the geographic code 937 (“the United States, the recipient country, and developing countries other than advanced developing countries, but excluding any country that is a prohibited source,” per ADS 310.3.1.1).
  • Applications from individuals will not be accepted nor reviewed.
  • Organizations in developing countries are strongly encouraged to participate in the application process, inasmuch as they would support not only the goal of this APS but also USAID’s objective to build the capacity of local organizations in support of country resiliency and sustainable development.
  • USAID strongly encourages applications from potential new partners who meet the above eligibility requirements and are willing to be subjected to a Pre-Award Responsibility Determination, which is a pre-award audit to determine fiscal responsibility (i.e., whether the prospective recipient has the necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills – or ability to obtain them – in order to achieve the objective of this APS and comply with the terms and conditions of the award).

How to Apply

Concept papers must be submitted electronically at the address given on the website.

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