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Re-Examining Traditional Method Use



Open Date: August 20, 2019
Applications Due Date: October 14, 2019  **Updated


The Family Planning Strategy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is making a Request for Concepts (RFC) for mixed-method research that will produce new data and analysis on the motivations and reasons for traditional method use in developing countries. Through this investment, BMGF seeks to fund research that better informs the FP community about traditional method use specifically, and other “non-modern” methods of pregnancy avoidance more broadly, in order to better inform FP programming and research. Findings will be key in helping to determine: 1) if traditional method users are accurately captured in current survey approaches (including PMA and DHS); 2) whether traditional method use represents a personal preference or part of the pathway to modern method use; and 3) how the FP field should account for traditional method users in FP goals and program strategies. This investment does not seek to promote or demote traditional methods of contraception but instead aims to better understand the generally neglected preferences and motivations of women who use traditional contraceptive methods to avoid pregnancy.


  • August 20: Request for Concept Memo Announced
  • August 20 – September 12: Q&A Period for Clarifying Questions
  • September 12: Please see the Q&A document link in the ‘More Information’ section below
  • October 14: Deadline for Submitting Concept Memos
  • October 30: Finalist(s) Notified to Submit Full Proposal

More Information

For more information, please refer to the following documents:

For questions about the concept memo or questions related to the application process please email


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