Global Financing Facility (GFF) all for proposals

Innovation-to-Scale: Call for Proposals for accelerated, high impact, and sustainable scale-up of innovations for saving mothers and newborns at birth

The Global Financing Facility (GFF; www.globalfinancingfacility.org), in partnership with Laerdal Global Health (www.laerdalglobalhealth.com) and the Government of Norway (norad.no/en/), is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals from organizations which can accelerate uptake of proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around the time of birth and in the immediate postnatal period. In collaboration with national governments, the goal is to demonstrate and document how accelerated and sustainable delivery of such innovations will help countries achieve the life-saving impacts required to meet ambitious maternal and newborn mortality targets and, through this, facilitate further implementation across relevant GFF countries.

Five grants are expected to be awarded through this Call, each with an expected implementation period of three years from inception of activities. Each grant is expected to be up to $5 million, and funding may be provided in multiple tranches.

Objectives
The goal of the Innovation-to-Scale initiative is to show significant population-level impact on maternal and neonatal mortality around the time of birth and in the immediate postnatal period. Impact requires effective implementation at sufficient scale, and is the product of “three D’s” - Discovery, i.e. proving that an innovation is efficacious in reducing mortality; Development, i.e. having the tools to deliver such an innovation in actual field conditions, such as training materials for health workers; and Delivery, i.e. being able to actually achieve a quality outcome at scale - adapting the Utstein Formula for Survival originally developed to improve survival outcomes for cardiopulmonary resuscitation:

The emphasis in this call is on Delivery and Impact, which includes both improved quality dimensions and significantly accelerated uptake within a three-year timeframe, compared to current uptake. Proposals that are focused on Discovery will not be funded under this Call and only limited resources should be devoted to further Development, i.e. the tools required to achieve quality scale-up should already be available. Examples could include proposals that capitalize on digital technologies to deliver critical efficiencies or that focus on improving quality of service delivery through innovative pre-service and facility-based training, but this is by no means exhaustive and consideration will be given to all relevant innovations, including innovations in systems approaches, that are primed for impact at scale. The intent is to document the country-level impact achieved, and through this create a global public good, with new knowledge, in terms of both technologies and implementation, that is available to all.

Eligible applicants and broad criteria for proposals

Proposals are preferred from local in-country implementing organizations or, possibly, implementing organizations that operate at country-level in one or more GFF countries; they can be submitted in collaboration and/or in consortium with international and/or other local partners, such as professional associations or private sector service delivery organizations, as dictated by the requirements of the proposal

objectives. It is critical that the proposal address a critical bottleneck to achieving impact on maternal and newborn mortality, as identified in national health development plans/strategies or in GFF investment cases. While not required, to facilitate coordination with related country activities, representation in the GFF country platform by the applicant is desirable. Applications must include documentation that shows engagement and involvement of the ministries of health and any other relevant ministries, demonstrating local ownership of the proposed program of work and the potential commitment for uptake beyond the three-year grant. Proposals may either focus on achieving impact in a single country or multiple countries, whichever approach lends itself to being most truly catalytic in achieving rapid impact, including acceleration of programs already underway.

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