Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/3/2024

Knowledge SUCCESS (Strengthening Use, Capacity, Collaboration, Exchange, Synthesis, and Sharing) APS

The Goal of this APS is to improve health and development outcomes. The purpose of this APS is to publicize the USG’s plan to fund one or multiple grants or cooperative agreements to address the overarching APS Program Purpose of improving and strengthening programs and services by supporting increased utilization of evidence-based information in global health programming to advance global health goals. The Strategic Objective is to ensure high-quality health information, knowledge, and expertise is exchanged, accessed, and used, and to build capacity in knowledge sharing, collaboration, and learning. Ultimately, activities under this APS should improve coordination among development actors, and advance self-reliance by strengthening capacity related to knowledge management (KM).

With a commitment to improving global health, USAID confronts health challenges by raising the quality, availability, and use of essential health services. USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH)’s objective is to improve global health by focusing on three strategic priorities: 1) Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths (PCMD); 2) Controlling the HIV/AIDS Epidemic; and 3) Combating Infectious Diseases. PRH contributes especially to PCMD; through efforts in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, and nutrition, USAID is working to prevent child and maternal deaths. USAID's maternal and child survival programs are concentrated in 25 focus countries with the highest need, demonstrable commitment, and the potential to leverage resources from the public and private sectors to improve health outcomes. Together, these countries account for more than two-thirds of maternal and child deaths worldwide and half the global unmet need for family planning.

In turn, PRH utilizes core funds for activities that advance the Office’s Goal, Strategic Objective, Intermediate Results, and High Level Outcomes. Given the supportive function of knowledge management (KM) activities, it is expected that activities conducted under Round 1 of this APS will cut across and support PRH IRs and Outcomes.

This APS will remain open from June 19, 2018 to June 18, 2028. USAID will review concept papers in at least one round.

Eligible organizations may submit one (1) concept paper in response to this APS regardless of whether an organization anticipates possibly becoming a Prime applicant or a subawardee on a full application. The proposed persons for the Key Personnel positions may be included on more than one (1) concept paper. 


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Interested applicants at Duke should contact Paul Noe (paul.noe@duke.edu) as early as possible.
  • Deadline for First Submission of Concept Papers (Round 1): July 9, 2018
  • Deadline for First Submission of Concept Papers (Round 2): TBD


Areas of Interest

Broadly, APS results include:

  • Intermediate Result 1: Critical health knowledge and information made available and accessible
  • Intermediate Result 2: Global health knowledge exchange and collaboration brokered and supported to facilitate knowledge use
  • Intermediate Result 3: Sustainable capacity built for global health knowledge sharing, collaboration, learning, and adaptation
Eligibility Requirements

U.S. and non-U.S. public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, and non-governmental organizations, are eligible to submit a concept paper. Further, the organization must be a legally recognized organizational entity under applicable law, legally registered in a country within the geographic code 937 (“the United States, the recipient country, and developing countries other than advanced developing countries, but excluding any country that is a prohibited source,” per ADS 310.3.1.1).

Amount Description

 The expected total estimated amount for all agreements or grants to be awarded under this APS will be approximately $35 Million USD.

For Round 1’s Concept Papers, applicants may propose to develop approaches within all three Intermediate Result areas or may choose to focus on one or more of the Intermediate Results, with acceptable permutations focusing on IR 1 alone or on IRs 2 and 3 together. A single award with a ceiling of up to $35 million could be made for one agreement or grant, depending on the amount of work undertaken and number of results addressed. Alternately, two awards could be made, depending on the amount of work undertaken and results addressed. The ceiling of each award will be determined by the amount of money available and the activities proposed, and the total ceiling of award(s) under this APS will not exceed $35 million USD. USAID reserves the right to partially fund applications. 

Cost share: Cost sharing will be required to be eligible for award, likely in the range of 5-20 percent of the total obligated amount. The exact cost share amount(s) will be provided in the request for full application(s). 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.

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.
* Draft of Concept Paper
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please 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/atoms/files/Applicant%20Instructions_FINAL.pdf

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