Calling W4GF Advocates with innovative ideas to end TB?  See this Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH launches call for proposals. Application submission deadline is 5 September 2016 at 23:59 Central European Time (CET).

TB REACH is expecting funding requests from eligible countries for activities or interventions that fit under the following categories:

  • Improving detection, linkage to treatment and reporting of TB
  • Improving treatment adherence and outcomes
  • Special Funding: Developing innovative resources and materials to aide service delivery

The Stop TB Partnership announced in early August its TB REACH initiative is now accepting applications to fund innovative approaches and technologies which aim to increase the number of people diagnosed and treated for TB, to decrease the time to appropriate treatment and to improve treatment success rates.

“The health community has made huge progress in recent years to end the TB epidemic. Partnering with TB REACH is vital and essential if we want to end the TB epidemic by 2030. Canada supports innovative TB services and tools that will increase access to vulnerable communities, especially women and girls,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the main donor funding the TB REACH initiative.

“We are in 2016 and we need to fight TB with a changed mind set and a package of interventions which are appropriate for 2016. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is outsmarting us; it’s becoming more and more resistant and it’s killing more than ever. So we must be innovative and ambitious if we are going to meet the 90-(90)-90 Targets outlined in the Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020 and further, to end TB by 2030. TB REACH has had great success in the past, but in this new call for proposals, we must push harder to find new and fresh solutions, and to make sure all successes are further scaled up and sustained,” said Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership.

Scope of this call for proposals
TB REACH will continue to fund innovative ideas proposed by applicants. Funding will be provided to first evaluate the impact of innovative ideas and once impact has been demonstrated, to then set these ideas on a path to transition from TB REACH funding to longer term support and scale up through domestic or other resources.

A proposal’s scope of work and requested funding should be part of one of the following types:

  • Type 1: Proof of Concept (up to US$ 400,000)
  • Type 2: Focus on Scalability (up to US$ 1,000,000)
  • Type 3: Scale Up & Sustainability (invitation only in Wave 5)
  • Special Funding: Product Innovation (up to US$ 150,000)

More information about the call for proposals can be found on the Stop TB Partnership website.

Application Process
TB REACH uses a two-step application process.
Interested organisations must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) which focuses on organisational capacity to implement, the organisation’s track record for fast-track delivery, a description of the innovative activities. LOIs will be reviewed by an independent Proposal Review Committee.
Successful LOI applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed Full Proposal, between early October and mid-November 2016. TB REACH hopes to announce final funding decisions in mid-December 2016.
An overview of the TB REACH application process and timeline can be accessed here.

TB REACH is looking forward to receiving your innovative ideas to end TB.