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New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) – Global Health
The United States Agency for International Development is announcing the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) Global Health Annual Program Statement (APS) (known hereafter as NPI GH APS). Through this APS, USAID announces its desire to engage locally-based new and underutilized partners to expand and amplify the Agency’s work in the health sector. The overall Agency NPI seeks to support partner countries’ progress on the Journey to Self-Reliance, achieve sustainable and resilient results, and catalyze more effective partnering for impact.
This APS is designed to support specific Administration and Agency priorities and criteria for new and underutilized partners (NUPs), especially locally-based NUPs. Individual USAID Missions or Bureaus (also known together as Operating Units) will then request Concept Papers via Rounds as the first step in a three-step process that could result in an award. For the purposes of the NPI Global Health APS, a “Round” is defined as a specific program description that falls under the larger NPI GH APS goal, purpose, and results but is tailored to a certain focus and/or type of new partnership. Interested organizations should read this entire APS, as well as any Rounds, and follow the instructions for submitting a Concept Paper. Applicants should not submit Concept Papers in response to this umbrella APS, but only to Rounds published to this APS. USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the concept papers and applications submitted under this APS and its respective Rounds. USAID also reserves the right to not conduct a co-creation phase and request full applications from successful applicants at concept paper stage.
Closing Date: September 30, 2025
Areas of Interest
Global Health New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) COVID-19 Round: Communities Leading COVID-19 Response and Oxygen Ecosystem
The first round of Concept Papers are due by September 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT.
Pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, the United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health, Office of Maternal-Child Health invites interested Applicant(s) to submit Concept Paper(s) incorporating interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to leverage the roles of communities to strengthen and adapt existing community health systems and the oxygen ecosystem (defined as the constellation of commodities, training, equipment and support needed for the production and distribution of oxygen, and its safe, appropriate and effective use) and to support national policies and implementation plans for COVID-19 preparedness and response (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions), and continuity of existing primary healthcare based on national and subnational guidelines and needs/priorities.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health (USAID/GH) is pleased to issue this COVID-19 Round (or “Addendum”) under the New Partnerships Initiative Global Health (NPI GH) Annual Program Statement (APS). Under this COVID-19 Round titled Communities Leading COVID-19 Response and Oxygen Ecosystem, USAID/GH is seeking Concept Papers that incorporate interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to better connect communities and health systems, as part of the COVID-19 response as well as in strengthening and adapting existing health systems to their communities for COVID-19 preparedness and response. In particular, awards will support national, subnational, regional, and local policies and implementation plans to prioritize COVID-19 interventions along with continuity of existing primary health care, local needs, and priorities for response, recovery and resilience, including the oxygen ecosystem, defined as the constellation of commodities, training, equipment and support needed for the production and distribution of oxygen, and its safe, appropriate and effective use.
Oxygen ecosystem. Concept papers should focus on enhancement of the oxygen ecosystem, defined as the constellation of commodities, training, equipment and support, needed for the production and distribution of oxygen, and its safe, appropriate and effective use. This could include the provision of technical assistance and respiratory care to support quality services for hypoxemia detection and supplemental oxygen delivery for severe COVID-19 infected patients at the primary and second levels of care, as well as the tertiary level, including through the use of field hospitals; education, training, and mentoring/supportive supervision, especially of health workers, including for the safe, effective and appropriate use of oxygen in clinical settings at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels; and strengthening the capacity of existing facilities to safely and appropriately provide oxygen and oxygen related care. It could also include innovative or new respiratory diagnostics and oxygen generation technologies which offer significant advantages over conventional technologies and which are appropriate for developing country settings, and innovations in local oxygen supply and distribution chains.
Health ecosystem. Concept Papers focusing on activities to foster the creation, equipping or strengthening of a health ecosystem which extends beyond health facilities and improves integration with the community. These activities would include care, for example community-based maternity transport and care; long-term care and rehabilitation for patients with COVID-19 sequelae; local production of personal protective equipment (PPE) not destined for the U.S. market; public health and social protection measures; psychosocial and other support for families and communities; protection and support for survivors of violence and neglect related to COVID-19; and care at lower levels including home care, which would benefit patients, providers and the health system by decreasing the burden on higher levels of care and enabling patients to be cared for closer to their homes and communities.
Deadline for Submission of Concept Papers for ROUND 6: WRM-WASH: November 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm [Nigerian Time]
In ROUND 6 entitled “Water Resources Management for Enhanced Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WRM-WASH)”, of the New Partnership Initiative (NPI) Global Health (GH) Annual Program Statement (APS) No. 7200AA19APS00013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is making a special call for the submission of Concept Papers that incorporates interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to reduce water borne diseases in Nigeria. Consistent with U.S. policy on assistance to Nigeria, awards issued under ROUND 6: WRM-WASH will focus on reducing water borne diseases, the award(s) will support stakeholders in identifying and addressing one of the priority areas of water and sanitation, behavior change related to WASH practices, or WASH institutional development and watershed management.
Integrated programs across WASH sectors may serve as a platform for improving linkages between the community and WASH service providers to increase access to water and sanitation, expand watershed protection and restoration to improve water quality and quantity, and reduce vulnerability to water-related risks and stresses.
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 under each Round(s) of the APS. 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). Each Round may further restrict eligibility if the Mission or B/IO determines it is in their best interest (this may be subject to further approvals).