Deadline: 19 June 2017
Unitaid is pleased to announce its new Call for Proposals for the area for intervention- Better, shorter treatment for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB).
Through this program, Unitaid aims to accelerate access to innovative treatment regimens and corresponding diagnostic algorithms, with the overall goal of substantially increasing DR-TB diagnosis, treatment and cure rates.
Across its portfolio of projects, at least 85 percent of Unitaid funds dedicated to commodity purchase interventions must be spent in low-income countries. While middle-income countries are eligible for inclusion in Unitaid-funded projects, there are overall limits on Unitaid funding that can be dedicated to commodity purchases in these countries. For any proposed project that includes a greater than 15 percent proportion of funding for commodity purchases in middle-income countries, this needs to be clearly justified in the proposal as being essential to the realization of the project objectives. Wherever possible, funding in middle-income countries should be used to increase access to commodities for vulnerable groups.
Accelerate access to better, faster and more robust DR-TB treatment with corresponding diagnostic needs. Under this call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals to:
- speed development and adoption of innovative treatment regimens;
- address the needs for simple, fast drug-susceptibility testing to guide appropriate use of new DR-TB regimens; and
- address market specific challenges including quality, supply and affordability of DR-TB drugs and diagnostics.
The proposals should address the following:
- Unitaid works through market-based interventions to achieve global market and public health impact. As noted above, Unitaid welcomes approaches that outline a coherent, integrated method (e.g., tools that target multiple vectors or vector-borne diseases). Applicants should be clear about the underlying assumptions made in their proposed approach, and should highlight any major risks or other factors that may affect the delivery of results. Finally, proposals are expected to outline a lean, concrete and clear pathway to results and impact.
- Proposals for small-scale demonstration projects or projects in a single country are unlikely to be supported by Unitaid funding in this call. In the exceptional case that intervening in a single country would have global impact; the proposal should include clear evidence to demonstrate this.
- The proposed implementing agency needs to demonstrate capacity/prior experience implementing relevant projects, and engaging with civil society groups as lead organization.
How to Apply
Proposals must be submitted electronically via email at the address given on the website.
Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic , Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro. Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
For more information, please visit Unitaid Call for Proposals.