Partnership proposals will be evaluated by an external review panel convened by the National Academies in consultation with USAID. Programs developed under this program should be effective, scalable, and designed for evidence generation and utilization primarily in Malawi and Mozambique, though generating evidence to inform global decision making is considered a plus. The proposed programs should be in line with USAID’s and Global Health’s strategic interests. The proposed programs should also prioritize implementation within the national-level guidelines and policies for the partner country. The following criteria also will be used to determine eligibility for consideration:
Factor 1: Technical Merit
Factor 2: Organizational Capability and Personnel
- Degree to which proposed activities contribute to Section V: Purpose, Objectives, and Research Priorities. Of particular importance will be the potential impact of the activities in Malawi and Mozambique in terms of improving voluntary family planning outcomes and increasing the numbers of precancerous lesions that would be expected to be treated effectively over the course of the project. The potential long-term health impact and sustainability resulting from capacity building efforts will also be considered.
- Degree to which the proposed activities reflect the priorities and approaches described in sub-sections 2-5 of Section VI: Outline of Requested Concepts.
- Degree to which technical proposals are likely to generate high-quality evidence and support utilization of this evidence to inform country-level and global decision-making for CCS&PT and voluntary family planning programs.
- Clear commitment and capability to disseminate findings at a national and international level, including the generation of materials and dissemination plans in languages relevant to the partner countries (i.e., English and Portuguese for Mozambique activities).
Factor 3: Co-investment, Partnership, and Leverage
- Degree to which the proposed organizational capabilities and partnerships respond to what is described in sub-section 1 of Section VI: Outline of Requested Concepts.
- Expertise of key personnel, including demonstration of key personnel with significant experience working in Malawi or Mozambique, including in voluntary family planning and cervical cancer service delivery.
- Team composition should include experience with voluntary family planning, cervical cancer screening and treatment, implementation science research (including in the technical areas mentioned above), experience referring patients to appropriate care, monitoring and evaluation, and other key technical experience that demonstrates an organizational capacity to meet the needs outlined in this RFA and the goals outlined in proposed activities.
Factor 4: Budget
- Intent and likely ability to co-invest a substantial amount of their own financial, human, or other resources, and/or ability to leverage a substantial amount of non-U.S. Government resources from other partners. This includes non-PEER resources and expertise leveraged from the U.S. medical schools and/or universities.
- As noted above, this program will be unable to provide funds for the treatment of invasive cancer or palliative care. Applicants should demonstrate organizational capability to coordinate with global partners providing these services and ensure a strong referral system is in place to link women to appropriate care. It is especially important that linkages to care are done in a manner consistent with national guidelines and policies of the partner country.
- Applicants should provide a detailed description of established or potential partnerships that leverage existing or planned investments, or technical assistance, that increases the likelihood of successful program implementation, including potential for data generated to influence national, multilateral, or global decision making and policy guidance.
- Appropriateness of draft budget for carrying out proposed activities.