Unitaid Call for Proposals: New Tools for Vector Control in Malaria in LMICs

Deadline: 8 July 2017

Unitaid is pleased to announce a new Call for Proposals under the broader area for intervention: accelerating the adoption of innovative vector control tools.

This Call is focused on late-stage product development for new vector control tools in malaria, however tools that can address additional vector-borne diseases beyond malaria are of particular interest.

Vector-borne diseases account for 17 percent of the estimated global burden of infectious diseases. This includes not only malaria (the most deadly), but also dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis,  schistosomiasis and Chagas disease, as well as emerging arboviral diseases such as Zika and Chikungunya, all of them transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other arthropods. Recent outbreaks, including Zika, have served as a stark reminder of the need to advance the global response to vector-borne disease to address these public health threats. Not only does improved vector control lead to significant public health gains across numerous diseases, it can also contribute to Sustainable Development Goals such as reduced poverty and inequality.

Programme Interventions

Under this Call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for the following interventions aimed at accelerating the availability of innovative vector control tools:

  • Late-stage product development, namely large-scale field trials and market entry preparatory activities (e.g. market sizing and potential use scenarios, analysis of demand- and supply- side barriers to introduction (e.g. community acceptability assessments), establishment of regulatory and distribution pathways, cost effectiveness/willingness-to-pay studies, etc.) for innovative vector control tools in the following categories:
  • New insecticide-based tools and/or application methods (excluding new LLINs such as combination/mixture LLINs, and new insecticides/equipment for IRS)
  • New tools not based on insecticides (e.g. biological control methods, endectocidal chemotherapeutic agents, pull-push systems)

Eligibility Criteria

  • UNITAID interventions are delivered through implementers; that is, UNITAID does not implement interventions directly and has no in-country presence. For proposals that include country implementation, proposal submitted should demonstrate that the organization has the capability and capacity to deliver the proposed work in project countries and that the intervention will have a global/regional effect.
  • UNITAID can provide grants to NGOs. All UNITAID implementers must demonstrate their established capacity to manage their project.
  • A consortium approach may be considered for the project implementation purposes. However any consortium approach should have strong lead organization with overall responsibility for project implementation.
  • Entities or individuals providing services to the project on a commercial basis are service providers and not Consortium Members. Partners collaborating on the implementation of the project but that are not an active part of the project design and execution are not to be considered members of the consortium. They will be identified as collaborating partners.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download proposal form from the given 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.

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