Breakthrough-ACTION

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to invest in a five-year cooperative agreement titled Breakthrough-ACTION to support countries in achieving desired improvements in health and development outcomes, including increasing the demand for family planning (FP) that is satisfied with modern contraception; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; achieving and maintaining an AIDS-free generation; and achieving a malaria-free world. 

The project will be closely linked to, and coordinated with, its sister project, BreakthroughRESEARCH (RFA-OAA-17-000001). These projects together will comprise USAID’s flagship investment in social and behavior change (SBC), providing global and country-level technical leadership in SBC advocacy, design, implementation, research, and evaluation. Both projects will contribute to the shared purpose of increasing the practice of priority health behaviors and enabling social norms for improved health and development outcomes.

Breakthrough-ACTION will build upon current USAID investment in SBC research and programming, including both global and bilateral projects, to simultaneously guide new learning and drive broader application of proven practices and tools in SBC. The project will fulfill a global leadership function that is desperately needed within SBC, working through a number of new and existing platforms to create opportunities for technical agenda-setting, learning, and collaboration; designing and implementing innovative and strategic SBC programs; and promoting agreed-upon priorities through its own programs and knowledge management efforts.

The shared strategic objective of the two BREAKTHROUGH projects is increased integration of proven SBC interventions in health and development programs, particularly health service delivery platforms. While focused primarily on health, the projects may address SBC needs in other sectors, with particular attention to areas of potential complementarity such as environmental conservation, agriculture, food security, and nutrition. Within the health sector, the projects will maintain a substantive focus on family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH); HIV/AIDS; malaria; and maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH), with attention to emerging pandemic threats and other infectious diseases as needed.

Eligible organizations may submit only one (1) application in response to this RFA as the Prime Applicant. The proposed persons for the Key Personnel positions may be included on more than one (1) application.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Feb. 6 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: Mar. 3, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the CA under this RFA, applicants submitting as prime recipients must meet the requirements stated below. In order to be a Prime Applicant, the applicant must be: 1) Be a US or non-US based for-profit NGO, not-for-profit NGO, international organization, or private voluntary organization, inclusive of universities. AND have the following items #3-8: 2) Demonstrated capacity in support of implementation of SBC activities across a range of health and related areas in LMICs; 3) Demonstrated managerial, technical, and institutional capacities to achieve the results outlined in this RFA, including financial systems; 4) Documented capacity to collaborate with, and convene, a range of stakeholders to achieve the results outlined in this RFA; 5) Demonstrated ability to collaborate with host-country governments, NGOs and other donors to undertake SBC programming and advance policy and advocacy in the substantive areas outlined in this RFA; 6) Established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations; and 7) Propose to contribute cost share from their own, private, or local sources no less than 10 percent of the amount of funds obligated by USAID for the implementation of this project over the course of the agreement. Specifically, such funds may be mobilized from the recipient; other multilateral, bilateral, and foundation donors; host governments; and local organizations, communities and private businesses that contribute financially and in-kind to the implementation of activities at the country level. Mobilization of funds from outside sources through cost share of project activities is highly encouraged. 

Amount

$300,000,000

Amount Description

Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $300 million in total USAID funding over a 5-year period to support one Cooperative Agreement. This total funding amount is inclusive of both core and mission field support. All funding will be provided on an incremental basis subject to the availability of funds and successful performance. USAID reserves the right to change the funding amounts, cycle, and terms of the agreement as a result of availability of funding, U.S. Government requirements or recipient performance. Should such changes occur, the recipient will be notified appropriately. As the intent of the project is to stimulate and support the awardees’ existing activities, a 10 percent cost share is required for this award. Such funds may be mobilized from the recipient; other multilateral, bilateral, and foundation donors; host governments; and local organizations, communities and private businesses that contribute financially and in-kind to the implementation of activities at the country level. Mobilization of funds from outside sources through cost share of project activities is highly encouraged.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty
Institutional

Category

International Opportunities
Medical
Medical - Basic 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 - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

February 6, 2017

External Deadline

March 3, 2017