Augmenting Capacity for Humanitarian Emergencies of Infectious Diseases with Epidemic or Pandemic Potential

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

USAID/OFDA’s Preparation, Strategic Planning, and Mitigation Division (PSPM) propose a new initiative on Infectious Diseases (with Epidemic or Pandemic potential) to Augment Capacity for a Humanitarian Emergency. This only applies to Infectious Disease (ID) events that have been designated as a Level-3 (L3) emergency by the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and those that have been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) or are the equivalent of a PHEIC. This new Standby and Augment Capacity project will address critical, multi-sectoral response actor capacity gaps needed to maintain technical and operational readiness to ensure rapid response to infectious disease outbreaks with epidemic or pandemic potential (e.g., influenza, viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola Virus Disease, Marburg Virus Disease, Lassa Fever, Pandemic Influenza, etc.) that reach the scale of a humanitarian emergency. This project will serve to prepare to scale up critical population-level interventions for the control of infectious diseases of humanitarian concern. This may include activities such as (but not limited to) contingency planning and simulation exercises; the development or adaptation of toolkits, training of trainer activities, or development of technical guidance; establishment of rapid response teams, the development of rosters for surge capacity; augmentation of operational readiness and enhancing cross-sectoral, standard operating protocols and regional coordination mechanisms. 

The overall scope, goal of the program(s) to be funded under the award(s) resulting from this APS includes: establishing standby capacity by strengthening and augmenting preparedness and readiness of and between potential responders from national and/or international NGOs organizations, PIOs, academic and private institutions, improving technical capacity and coordination for an integrated, effective multi-sectoral response to an infectious disease outbreak that becomes humanitarian emergency. Applicants should build internal mechanisms to improve their institutional capacity to rapidly deploy in response to an infectious disease outbreak that becomes a humanitarian emergency, support organizational capacity to augment or pivot response efforts to keep up with changing needs, and/or to provide support to coordination L3 responses that includes actors from multiple agencies or sectors (i.e. Health, Nutrition, WASH, Agriculture and Food Security, Protection). USAID/OFDA recognizes other ongoing capacity building initiatives supported by other donors that are focused on governments; this APS is specifically focused on building non-governmental capacity in the humanitarian aid community.

The applicant may only submit one application under this notice of funding opportunity. This is limited to the submitting organization and to the individual investigator/program director. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: April 9, 2018
  • Deadline for Concept Papers: Apr. 27, 2018

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at to find out if it is still open.

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Eligibility Requirements

Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities may apply for OFDA funding under this APS. USG and USAID regulations generally treat colleges and universities as NGOs, rather than governmental organizations; hence, both public and private colleges and universities are eligible. Non-U.S. colleges and universities in countries that have certain legal restrictions for receiving assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible.



Amount Description

USAID/OFDA anticipates that up to approximately US $6 million may be available to support the program described in this APS, although final funding levels will depend on content, quality, number of applications received, needs, availability of funding, and competing priorities. Concept note applications have a budget ceiling of US $6million; however smaller budgets will also be considered. As noted above, final funding levels will be determined based on a range of criteria and conditions. Applicants may be required to revise their budget/project based on concept note feedback. Applicants are encouraged to keep costs reasonable in relation to the scope of their proposed activities.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 1 - 2 pages Please include the title of your proposal.
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

April 9, 2018

External Deadline

April 27, 2018