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Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Data Innovation Incubator

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Improve Data Related to Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Global Grand Challenges

Deadline Date:

03/25/19 11:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profit companies, agencies, and IHEs for innovative solutions for the control and elimination of tropical diseases. Funding is intended for creative ideas (digital or non-digital) that will enhance the quality of information related to neglected tropical diseases and ensure that programmatic decision-making is based on the best available data. Such outcomes will help target interventions to all at-risk populations and achieve high intervention coverage and maximal impact on infection and morbidity.

The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports global efforts to control, eliminate, and eradicate NTDs. The team focuses on seven of the ten London Declaration diseases, as well as on cross-cutting efforts to improve the quality and impact of NTD programs through a variety of levers, including data systems. Strengthening NTD data systems and ensuring use of quality data for programmatic decision-making at the country, regional, and global levels are priority components of these cross-cutting efforts.

The NTD Data Innovation Incubator will focus on eight priority problem areas, or “use cases.” These use cases are aligned with the four priority data sources identified as most valued by NTD actors (e.g., donors, national NTD programs, pharmaceutical companies, and NTD implementers) for decision making:
- Treatment Registers
- Census Data
- Drug Ledgers
- Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) survey data (including routine mass drug administration (MDA) data monitoring and impact evaluation surveys).

For more information about Priority Use Cases, see:

Proposals should meet the following criteria:
- Solution Applicability: All proposed solutions should address at least one of the priority use cases; solutions that address multiple activities are particularly encouraged.
- Impact: Proposals should articulate a clear theory of change of how the proposed solution will impact program quality and/or performance by NTD actors and indicate how impact will be measured.
- Efficiency: Proposals should demonstrate how the solution builds upon and/or improves existing NTD data tools and approaches.
- Country ownership and context: All applicants should have an existing partnership or be willing to partner with Ministry of Health, country NTD programs, or other relevant country representatives to ensure the proposed solutions are fit for purpose in that country context. Maturity of NTD disease programs in the selected country should be considered.
- Sustainability: Issues of sustainability and scalability should be considered as part of the solution development, indicating how the solution would be scaled-up in a country. The country representative should signal willingness to implement (or bring to scale) the solution in country if proven successful in the pilot.

Projects are selected not only for scientific excellence but also for the likelihood that they will achieve the desired scale and impact. Successful applicants present projects that, when proven successful through the collection of rigorous evidence, have the potential to serve those most in need. Investing in scientific innovation—as well as in the business and social innovation needed to increase impact at scale—will help ensure that these efforts have the greatest possible impact in terms of lives saved or improved.

Grant funds may be used for the following costs: personnel, necessary travel, supplies, contracted services, sub-grants, and consultants. Partial or full support for equipment may be requested subject to the circumstances described below. The foundation provides a limited amount of indirect costs based on the nature of the applicant organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185426

Number of Grants:

The number of awards and quantity of each award amount will depend upon the quality of the proposals received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation suggests a maximum budget of $200,000 USD for 6 months of work for Round 1; they are not specifying a budget for Round 2.

Term of Contract:

- Round 1 funding will support proof-of-concept testing of the proposed solution over 3 to 6 months.
- The objectives for Round 2 must be achievable within 12-18 months from the start of Round 2 funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

GCE is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

The Foundation will NOT consider funding for:
- Marginal improvements that do not lead to significant gains in data quality, access, and use
- Vendor- or party-led efforts to deploy and test a solution without participation or buy-in from NTD country program teams
- Solutions similar to existing efforts or tools already in use

Pre-proposal Conference:

After Round 1 grants are made, the foundation will be organizing a 2-day planning workshop to kickstart the Data Innovation Incubator projects. The dates and location of the workshop are still being determined; however, grantees are expected to attend. The foundation will cover travel and accommodation.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Inquiry are due March 25, 2019 11:30 a.m. U.S. Pacific Daylight Time.

Applicants can expect to hear if their Letter of Inquiry is selected to move forward in May 2019. Full proposals will be invited from selected applicants, and funding decisions are expected by July 2019.

The Incubator funding will be structured in two rounds. Round 1 funding will support proof-of-concept testing of the proposed solution over 3 to 6 months. After this initial stage, the Foundation will invite a NTD Data Innovation Incubator Grand Challenge subset of the most successful Round 1 grantees to apply for Round 2 funding to test their solutions more broadly over 12-18 months. As results from Round 2 would ultimately inform country scale-up, your proposal should identify the necessary conditions for its success.

New users must create an account and submit proposals through the online portal. Applicants are encouraged to download the application form, which should be submitted either as a Microsoft Word or PDF document; no more than five pages in length.

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