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by SIOP Administrative Office

USAID Fighting Ebola Broad Agency Announcement

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has released a new Grand Challenge for Development to fight Ebola and to promote the national and global response to the effort.

Complementing the administration-wide effort to improve response and to protect healthcare providers domestically and abroad, the USAID Fighting Ebola Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) “seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in development, testing, and scaling of practical and cost-effective innovations” to advance these initiatives. Through this solicitation, USAID is positioning itself to engage with potential partners and to leverage collaborative expertise to enhance the global Ebola response.  

While the BAA outlines specific program requirements, including eligibility, purpose, and other conditions, USAID will issue Challenge Addenda to direct proposals and pose specific problems for investigators to address. All Challenge Addenda will follow the BAA guidelines, and USAID will not accept proposals that fail to correspond to a specific addendum. The first addendum was released with the BAA: Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Treatment Control. This Challenge Addendum seeks to strengthen health care capabilities—including personal protective equipment, care settings, and healthcare worker tools—and to improve community implementation of information about Ebola prevention and treatment.     

There will be two rounds of review for the first addendum. Proposals submitted by November 7, 2014 will be reviewed first, followed by those submitted by December 1, 2014. USAID anticipates awards for this Challenge Addendum to range from $100,000 to $1 million. Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. government organizations, and international donor organizations are eligible to apply to the BAA.

It is unclear how many Challenge Addenda will be issued. Although applicants are required to submit proposals to specific addenda, USAID will receive concept papers and ideas for future addenda in response to the BAA. Also, total funding for this Grand Challenge is unknown, likely due to the ongoing debate between Congress and the administration as to how much will be spent on the Ebola response effort and how the funding will be administered.

The complete BAA and the Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Treatment Control addendum are available at: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/15396/baa.pdf.  Additional information about Grand Challenges for Development is available at http://www.usaid.gov/grandchallenges.