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CMC Regulatory Requirements Database Partner RFP




RFP Number: SOL1169381
Open Date: January 31, 2017
Proposals Due: April 12, 2017 – 11:59PM (PDT)


While the pharmaceutical industry and the Global Health community have made great strides in advancing drug delivery to people all around the world, the varying CMC regulatory requirements from country to country and procurer to procurer create a great challenge to efficient development and delivery of medicines. Some of these countries have an evolving regulatory landscape that has increased the complexity and unpredictability of the development and registration process. The difficulty in ascertaining CMC requirements and the differences in these requirements between countries can create barriers to the efficient development and delivery of registered quality pharmaceuticals in one country from reaching people in another country. These challenges also impede pharmaceutical companies from efficiently planning their product development and regulatory strategy pathways, unnecessarily wasting time and resources.

To that end, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is soliciting proposals to develop and sustain a routinely updated CMC regulatory requirements database platform with respect to small molecule medical products. The platform will house a database of CMC regulatory information from specified low and middle income countries, bringing much easier access to this information for product developers, regulators, procurers, and others interested in Global Health. The aim is to establish a long-term, sustainable database of CMC regulatory requirements so that the foundation’s product development partners and others can optimize their product development plans and regulatory strategies, thus accelerating product introduction.

This document is an invitation for proposals for a CMC Regulatory Requirements database partner that will:

  • Translate a preliminary database into an interactive, dynamic, searchable, and user-friendly web-based platform
  • Maintain the database and ensure the information is kept up-to-date
  • Design a financially self-sustaining business model


January 31, 2017: Request announced.
April 4, 2017 – 11:59PM (PDT): Deadline for clarifying questions.
April 12, 2017 – 11:59PM (PDT): Deadline for submitting proposals.
June 2017 (TBD): Finalist presentations.
July 2017 (TBD): Award announced.

(Note: grant awards will be contingent on the successful completion of due diligence processes)

How to Apply

Detailed proposal requirements and guidelines can be found here.

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To apply, please submit a proposal that includes the attachments listed below:

  • Concept memo describing the proposed project (up to 10 pages, template and guidelines provided)
  • Budget/financial model for the proposed activities
  • Most recent organizational financial statements (audited, if available)
  • Prototype, mock-up, or analog of proposed database platform (optional; will be required of finalists)


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