Global Financing Facility announces CFPs for Sustainable Scale-Up of Innovations for Saving Mothers and Newborns at Birth

Deadline: 30 April 2019

The Global Financing Facility (GFF), in partnership with Laerdal Global Health and the Government of Norway, has announced a Call for Proposals from organizations which can accelerate uptake of proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around the time of birth and in the immediate postnatal period.

This call supports countries with high maternal and newborn mortality to scale up proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around and just after birth. This responds to increasing demand from countries to expand and sustain innovations that support their health and nutrition priorities by tackling critical bottlenecks to improved outcomes at scale.

In collaboration with national governments, the goal is to demonstrate and document how accelerated and sustainable delivery of such innovations will help countries achieve the life-saving impacts required to meet ambitious maternal and newborn mortality targets and, through this, facilitate further implementation across relevant GFF countries.

Objectives

The goal of the Innovation-to-Scale initiative is to show significant population-level impact on maternal and neonatal mortality around the time of birth and in the immediate postnatal period. Impact requires effective implementation at sufficient scale, and is the product of “three D’s” – Discovery, i.e. proving that an innovation is efficacious in reducing mortality; Development, i.e. having the tools to deliver such an innovation in actual field conditions, such as training materials for health workers; and Delivery, i.e. being able to actually achieve a quality outcome at scale.

The emphasis in this call is on Delivery and Impact, which includes both improved quality dimensions and significantly accelerated uptake within a three-year timeframe, compared to current uptake. Proposals that are focused on Discovery will not be funded under this Call and only limited resources should be devoted to further Development, i.e. the tools required to achieve quality scale-up should already be available. The intent is to document the country-level impact achieved, and through this create a global public good, with new knowledge, in terms of both technologies and implementation, that is available to all.

Funding Information

Five grants are expected to be awarded through this Call, each with an expected implementation period of three years from inception of activities. Each grant is expected to be up to $5 million, and funding may be provided in multiple tranches.

Eligible applicants and Broad Criteria for Proposals

  • Proposals are preferred from local in-country implementing organizations or, possibly, implementing organizations that operate at country-level in one or more GFF countries; they can be submitted in collaboration and/or in consortium with international and/or other local partners, such as professional associations or private sector service delivery organizations, as dictated by the requirements of the proposal objectives. It is critical that the proposal addresses a critical bottleneck to achieving impact on maternal and newborn mortality, as identified in national health development plans/strategies or in GFF investment cases. While not required, to facilitate coordination with related country activities, representation in the GFF country platform by the applicant is desirable.
  • Applications must include documentation that shows engagement and involvement of the ministries of health and any other relevant ministries, demonstrating local ownership of the proposed program of work and the potential commitment for uptake beyond the three-year grant.
  • Proposals may either focus on achieving impact in a single country or multiple countries, whichever approach lends itself to being most truly catalytic in achieving rapid impact, including acceleration of programs already underway.

Proposal Format and Detailed Criteria

  • In addition to conforming to the objectives and eligibility criteria outlined above, submitted proposals must:
    • Be conducted in current GFF countries, which included 27 countries as of March 2019, in those countries that have prioritized maternal and neonatal mortality reduction.
    • Include documentation that the proposed interventions are already past proof-of-concept and are scalable including, as appropriate, reference to relevant studies/publications as well as prior experience in the country/countries proposed.
    • Include an estimate of lifesaving impact on maternal and newborn mortality, in terms of both outcome-level changes as well as mortality impact.
    • Include a description of plans for integration with national health strategies or GFF investment cases, including demonstrated local ownership, pathway to full-scale deployment and financial sustainability.
  • The initial submission of the proposal should be a maximum of three pages (minimum 11-point font), and include:
    • Title,
    • Objective Statement, including specific issue to be addressed,
    • Description of intervention and methodology, including evidence of lifesaving impact,
    • Geographic scope,
    • Description of results to be measured and anticipated impact,
    • Plan for sustainability, including financial sustainability through integration with national plans and/or GFF Investment Cases,
    • Budget, minimally including Personnel, Equipment and Commodities, Other Direct Costs (including travel), and Indirect Costs (e.g. overhead, fees).
  • Supplemental material in annexes should include up to six one-page c.v.’s for key members of the project team, commitment letters of either in-kind or financial resources from named collaborating partners (if applicable), a graphical presentation (maximum of six substantive slides), and (optionally) a multimedia presentation (e.g. up to a five-minute video) that helps describe fully the intent of the proposal.

How to Apply

Proposals should be submitted at the address given on the website with the subject line “Innovation-to-Scale query” or “Innovation-to-Scale proposal”, as appropriate.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo DR, Cote d Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam

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  • Avatar SHUKRI MOHAMOUD says:

    Why always Somalia is absent from the list of the countries eligible for grants?

  • Avatar Muhammad Amir Khan says:

    Pakistan is not included in the list of eligible countries; may we know why?

  • Avatar Igbinosa Gerald says:

    This programme is nice, but we are into free skills acquisition programme for less privileged.

  • Avatar jamac says:

    can i apply the grants our organization is working in Somalia?

  • Avatar Albertina says:

    Good morning
    This is a good call to sustain achievements made in reducing high infant mortality rate. Please may l know why Ghana is not included in the eligible countries ? Since Ghana has been battling with this newborn health care delivery and post natal issues in hard to reach, under-served and deprived communities.

  • Avatar Asma says:

    and also Yemen is Absent. They are missing a lot here

  • Avatar Kinawa Oiver says:

    I’m the executive director of Yamba Africa children’s Ministry in Uganda.
    I want to apply.

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Kinawa Oiver,

      Yes, Uganda is eligible to apply. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Kinawa Oiver says:

    I’m in Uganda. Can I apply

  • Avatar Yousri Edwat says:

    We was like work this project at Egypt

  • Avatar patience says:

    Zambia is not eligible

  • Avatar Jocelyn Kapuno says:

    May i ask? Philippines is not included in countries for this particular projects? “Global Financing Facility announces CFPs for Sustainable Scale-Up of Innovations for Saving Mothers and Newborns at Birth” ?

  • Avatar Dadiely says:

    Thanks for this great opportunity to the Tanzanian mothers and the new born. I’m trying to access the given link without success, please guide me on how to open it.

    Thanks in advance

  • Avatar Sama Mary says:

    Can we have this kind of opportunity in the field of agriculture please?

  • Avatar Sama Mary says:

    Please kindly assist with other grant opportunities on Youth and Women Empowerment. I am based in Sierra Leone

  • Avatar Fati Seidu Tambro says:

    Good opportunity, but why is Ghana not included? We have several health problems that has to do with infants mortality and maternal mortality issues. So try and include Ghana next time in this particular call.

  • Avatar Combrid - Friends of Disability says:

    I am gratefull for all the updates, however i need sone clarity on what kind of local NGOs is meant here… I say this because.. I submitted an expression of interest for East Africa Disability Funds that was advertised on this platform …. but the response I received is that… Only Organisations registered in the UK qualify to apply… so I kindly request for clarification on it. We are a local NGO in Uganda North Western Uganda and we are specific on disability… rights. Appliances. Skills training and livelihoods

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi there,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar dafalla says:

    hallo,am aisha dafalla from kenya,,i am the highest female blood donor in kenya,i wish to have my own initiative to urge my fellow women to donate,how do you assist me.

    thanks

    dafalla

  • Avatar Sure haven community foundation says:

    I am the president of newly registered NGO in Nigerian but we have been on ground for over 4years before registration. We are specialized in orphanages, child welfare, community building , disabled citizens and peace promoters among Communities etc. I have gone through your requirement is too ambiguous. All I understand is mortality and newborn Babies. We are not in partnership with any governmental ministry. Do you think we can apply? We do go to hospitals to pay for pregnant women hospital bills before and after delivery. Thanks

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Dear Friend,

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar JEAN BAPTISTE says:

    Bonjour,

    J’ai constate que le BURUNDI ne figure pas sur la liste des pays éligibles, j’aimerai savoir les orientations aux opportunités pour le BURUNDI, surtout en matière des droits des peuples autochtones.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi JEAN BAPTISTE,

      Thank you for contacting fundsforNGOs. Unfortunately, our services are only available in English and we are only able to respond to queries written in English.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Hella otieno says:

    We have a community based organisation can we also apply

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Hella otieno,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Tchegoun Michel Michel Atchikpa says:

    The Benin Republic is not included in the list of eligible countries; may we know why?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Tchegoun Michel Michel Atchikpa,

      Proposals are preferred from local in-country implementing organizations or, possibly, implementing organizations that operate at country-level in one or more GFF countries; they can be submitted in collaboration and/or in consortium with international and/or other local partners, such as professional associations or private sector service delivery organizations, as dictated by the requirements of the proposal objectives.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar sawsen says:

    Hello, I just opened my new NGO, this week, and I am looking for funding to support my programs but I did not found funding to support people in Iraq, Amman and Turkey where is immigrants and refugees.
    I have different program for Youth and women and children

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