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Applying the lessons learned from polio eradication to global health



RFP Number: SOL1178581

Open Date: July 3, 2017 (17:00)

Applications Due: August 21, 2017 (17:00)

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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.


July 3, 2017 – 17:00 (PST): Request announced
July 24, 2017 – 17:00 (PST): Deadline for clarifying questions on the RFP, submitted to
July 26, 2017 – 07:00 (PST): Q&A call/webinar (connection instructions distributed to those indicating an interest to
August 21, 2017 – 17:00 (PST): Deadline for submitting full proposals
September 11, 2017 – 17:00 (PST): Finalist(s) notified
October 16, 2017 – 17:00 (PST): Deadline for finalist(s) to submit revised proposal
November 10, 2017 – 17:00 (PST): Award announced

How to Apply

Detailed proposal requirements and guidelines can be found here.

To apply, please submit a full proposal package that includes the attachments listed below. Other attachments will not be reviewed:

  • Proposal narrative describing the proposed project (up to 20 pages, using template and guidelines provided);
  • Budget for the proposed activities (using template and guidelines provided);
  • Results framework describing specific milestones and indicators for the project (using template and guidelines provided);
  • Most recent organizational financial statements (audited, if available);
  • Biographical information or resume for project staff;
  • Examples of previously developed teaching modules or course materials.

Full proposal packages may be submitted by following the instructions below:

  1. Create an account on the Application Portal by clicking here
  2. Start a new application by clicking here
  3. Edit your existing draft application by logging back into the Application Portal and clicking here

Please note:

  1. The first time you visit the Application Portal you will need to create an account. After you enter your information, a temporary password will be emailed to you. Return to the Application Portal to personalize your password and complete your account profile.
  2. You can save the application and return to it later by logging in at any time before the submission deadline with your email address and password. The in-process application can be found in the “My Open LOIs and Grant Application” section. Click “Draft application for SOL1178581” to edit.


Individual institutions or a consortium of partners that have either academic teaching or professional training as a primary institutional focus are invited to submit proposals. Examples of such organizations include:

  • Graduate teaching institutions in the fields of public health, government, management and other relevant academic areas
  • International professional associations or learning networks with involvement in professional training or continuing education
  • Training centers or institutes

Technical agencies, implementing partners or organizations from other sectors may be included in consortia applications in which the lead organization is a teaching or training institution as described above. Questions about eligibility can be sent to

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