Aidspan, publisher of GFO, has released a new report on "Key Strengths of Rounds 8 and 9 Proposals to the Global Fund." The purpose of this report, which is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian, is to provide information to Global Fund applicants on key attributes of a strong proposal.
This article contains three excerpts from the Aidspan report on "Key Strengths of Rounds 8 and 9 Proposals" (see previous article).
Excerpt # 1: Key Strength 6 - Multiple Sectors in Service Delivery
Nigeria Malaria (Round 8, Category 2B)
The Global Fund reports that it is well on its way towards achieving its target of 10% "efficiency gains" for Round 8. When the Global Fund Board approved Round 8 proposals, it instituted some cost-cutting measures because the Board feared there were not enough funds on hand or in the pipeline to pay for the entire first two year costs of recommended proposals. Round 8 is the largest round of funding to date.
Despite having relatively little funding available, the Global Fund Board has approved 85 Round 9 grants that will cost up to $1.99 billion over the first two years. This makes Round 9 the Fund's second largest round, after Round 8. In addition (see article 3, below), the Board approved five "National Strategy Applications" that will cost $0.39 billion over the first two years.
Based on advice from the TRP, the Board divided eligible Round 9 proposals into five Categories, as follows:
As planned, the Global Fund launched Round 9 on October 1, just seven months after the launch of Round 8. However, in marked contrast to when Round 8 was launched, the Fund currently does not have any money to pay for Round 9 grants.
After conducting its detailed review of Round 8 proposals, the Global Fund's Technical Review Panel (TRP) has recommended that the Global Fund Board approve grants that, over their first two years, will cost in excess of three billion dollars. This makes Round 8 nearly three times the size, in dollar terms, of any previous round of Global Fund grants.
The Global Fund will officially launch Round 9 in two weeks' time, on 1 October, as previously reported in GFO Issue #93. The deadline for applications will be 21 January 2009. The Fund says that the proposal form and guidelines for Round 9 will be substantially unchanged from Round 8. At the time of the launch, the Fund will clarify what is involved in re-submitting a Round 8 proposal.
Proposals that were submitted to the Global Fund in Round 8 are more than twice as large, in average dollar value, as in any previous round.
Proposals were submitted in June. The TRP will review the proposals shortly, and the TRP's recommendations will be made known to applicants in October.
Highlights regarding the Round 8 proposals include:
As previously reported, Round 9 will take place nearly six months earlier than had originally been anticipated; it will be launched on 1 October 2008. This represents only the second time that two calls for proposals have been launched within a single year. Round 10 is then expected to begin in April 2009.