Health Evaluation, Research and Development (HERD) Project under the Health Research Program 2.0 (HaRP 2.0)

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to invest in a five-year activity to conduct health research and evaluations for development, testing and refinement of new and improved tools, technologies, approaches, interventions and policies in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). Specifically, USAID is seeking assistance on research areas which are unlikely to advance without USAID technical leadership and investment. The primary objectives of this award are:

1. To conduct a small number of multi-year mixed method research studies that may be experimental in design or using non-experimental methods and related primarily to advancing newborn, child, maternal, nutrition and other health related programs.

2. To execute process and impact evaluations of maternal, newborn, child health and other health related activities.

Eligible organizations may submit only one (1) application in response to this RFA as the Prime Applicant.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: April 14, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: April 29, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements


1. Eligible Applicants

USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.

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 either:

1) Be a U.S. or non-U.S. based NGO; or

2) Be a US or non-US based for-profit, not-for-profit, international organization, or private voluntary organization, inclusive of universities.

AND have the following items #3-8:

3) Demonstrated capacity in linking global and country level policy and advocacy in health or other related areas in LMICs;

4) Demonstrated managerial, technical, and institutional capacities to achieve the results outlined in this RFA, including financial systems;

5) Documented capacity to collaborate and work in LMIC settings in the substantive areas outlined in this RFA;

6) Demonstrated ability to collaborate with host-country governments, NGOs and other donors to undertake research, and advance policy and advocacy in the substantive areas outlined in this RFA;

7) 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

8) Propose to contribute cost share from their own, private, or local sources no less than 3 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.

Applications from organizations that do not meet the above eligibility criteria will not be reviewed and evaluated. Individuals are not eligible to apply for this RFA.



Amount Description

Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $24.5 million in total USAID funding over a 5-year period to support one Cooperative Agreement

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
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/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.

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

Internal Deadline

April 14, 2016

External Deadline

April 29, 2016