Submit Activity Proposals under the Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention (PIDP) Program

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The Australian Government, through the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (CHS) within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is seeking Activity Proposals for partnership grants under the Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention (PIDP) program.

The PIDP Program is a component of the $300 million, five-year Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region managed by CHS.

This request is for Activity Proposals to address health security issues in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and priority Pacific island countries (any of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue).

Operational Objectives

Activity Proposals must align, within the relevant geographic area (PNG, Timor-Leste and the Pacific island countries), with the objective and desired end-of-program outcomes of the PIDP program, as follows:

  • Objective: To mitigate infectious disease threats through support for improved infection prevention and control; vector control; and surveillance of infectious diseases, immunization coverage and treatment-resistance in pathogens and vectors.
  • End-of-Program Outcomes: Measurable progress towards sustainable capacity, relative to globally accepted World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) or other relevant capacity assessment methodologies and processes, in the program component areas of:
    • vector control;
    • infection prevention and control; and
    • surveillance with respect to infectious diseases, immunization coverage and treatment-resistance in pathogens and vectors.
  • Activity Proposals should be presented as broad concepts addressing one or more of the three program component areas above, making reference to the indicative program logic outlined in the PIDP Program Investment Concept. Proposals should outline activities that will add value to existing investments and activities or fill clearly identified gaps, and should offer good prospects for achieving sustainable results in the long-term while also achieving concrete and significant intermediate outcomes over the three-year investment period.
  • Proponents will be selected on the basis of their organisational capabilities, track records, and the quality of their broad activity concepts. DFAT does not require at this stage fully specified activity designs. Activity designs, including project milestones, monitoring, evaluation and learning plans and detailed budgets will be developed through a collaborative design process, involving both CHS and other selected program partners, following partner selection. The approval or endorsement of partner governments for proposed activities is not required at this stage but will in general need to be obtained prior to finalization of full activity designs.

Funding Information

Total funding allocated to the PIDP program is $25 million over three years from July 2019 to June 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organisation eligibility
    • Activity Proposals are open to all organizations – public, private, academic and research, and non-government. Regional and international organizations may participate in or associate themselves with consortia.
    • Where two or more organizations wish to enter into a consortium arrangement, one partner must be nominated as the Lead Organisation that will sign the Grant Agreement if successful. This organization will be accountable to DFAT for financial management and the performance of the consortium in achieving activity objectives.
    • Consortia that include partnerships between Lead Organizations and organizations within the relevant region (PNG, Timor-Leste and the Pacific island countries) are encouraged.
    • Consortium proposals are required to be supported by letters of association from each partner, noting the relationship between the Lead Organization and partner organization(s) and expressing the intention to collaborate.
    • There are no restrictions on consortium membership and organizations may be involved in several consortia for the purpose of responding to this call for proposals.
    • DFAT reserves the right to reassess any proposal if, following submission, the membership of a consortium proposal changes, including through the withdrawal of a consortium member.
    • Individuals can apply as project team members on a maximum of two (2) proposals for this program.
    • Individuals with conflicting commitments and current and recent DFAT employees must not be included in the Activity Proposal or as individuals who may be engaged if selected through the assessment process. DFAT may reject any Activity Proposal that does not disclose that a proposed team member has an existing and continuing commitment to another program or project.
    • Activity Proposals compiled with the assistance of current or recent DFAT employees will be excluded from assessment.
    • Recent DFAT employees are those whose employment ceased within the nine months prior to the submission of the Activity Proposals and who were substantially involved in the design, preparation, appraisal and/or review of this or substantially related programs.
    • Applicants must ensure that proposals meet all eligibility requirements at the time of submission and for the duration of the period of assessment and review.
    • Proposals that do not meet eligibility requirements will be ruled ineligible and excluded from assessment.
    • An eligibility ruling may be made by DFAT at any stage following the close of applications, including during review. Where an eligibility ruling is being considered, DFAT may request further information in order to assess whether eligibility requirements have been met. Organisations will be notified in writing of ineligible proposals and are responsible for advising consortium partners (where relevant).
    • An Activity Proposal may be excluded from further consideration if it contravenes an eligibility rule or other requirement as set out in these Guidelines or of organisations and/or people named in the Proposal contravene an applicable law or code.
  • Country eligibility
    • The program will be implemented in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and priority Pacific island countries (any of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue).
    • Grant decisions will ensure an appropriate balance of support across the relevant countries, and will in general seek to avoid an undue concentration of benefits in any one country within individual activities and across the suite of activities supported.

How to Apply

Completed Activity Proposals, with supporting documents, must be emailed at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/business-opportunities/Pages/request-for-activity-proposals-under-the-pidp-program.aspx

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