Polio eradication is one of the top priorities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a major supporter of the GPEI, we are interested in supporting the partnership to document the lessons learned from polio eradication, ensuring these lessons inform future global health policy and implementation. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks submissions from academic and training institutions interested in developing an academic and/or professional training program based on the lessons learned from polio eradication, with the goal of ensuring that future generations of global leaders successfully apply the lessons and best practices from polio eradication to other pressing public health challenges.
Proposals are invited that outline a clear approach to developing teaching modules on the lessons learned from polio eradication. Modules should be widely accessible over time to a range of public health policymakers, managers, practitioners and graduate students. Because we consider the lessons learned from polio eradication a public good for the improvement of other global health efforts, projects are expected to maximize the open and equitable access to these lessons learned by a broad constituency on an ongoing basis. Teaching mechanisms may be incorporated into existing university-based curricula, packaged as free online learning resources, and/or as stand-alone lectures during global health training course, conferences, or symposia. Modules should be practical and implementation-focused, with an emphasis on operationalizing lessons and systems from polio eradication to benefit other programs in measurable ways.
The development of teaching content is expected to directly draw on the expertise of existing polio program leaders and field staff, providing these staff with opportunities to serve as content experts at the international level and broaden their international professional networks. Proposals should outline how experienced and high performing polio managers and field staff will be identified along with mechanisms for linking these staff with well-known international academic faculty and their institutions to develop teaching content based on their field experience. Wherever possible, ongoing opportunities to link polio program staff with broader international professional and academic networks should be integrated into the proposed approach, including inviting polio staff as guest lecturers and public speakers during module launches at university courses and global health events.
Applications for multi-year projects are encouraged and will be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to budget to a level required to achieve what they consider a successful outcome based on the scope of work described in this RFP. An initial ‘Phase I’ investment of no higher than $500,000 for the first year of implementation will likely be undertaken, however, with any subsequent time or budget needs added based on strong justification thereafter. Proposals with budgets higher than $500,000 in the first year of implementation might be considered if accompanied with an extremely strong justification for larger resources. Following this initial Phase I grant, subsequent funding to support full-scale dissemination and implementation may be made available based on joint assessment of progress and strong justification for additional resources required to achieve the long-term project outcomes.