Seeking Innovative Solutions to Overcome Insecure Conditions and Community Distrust
UPDATE: Thank you. We received an overwhelming response to the Challenge which is now closed to new proposals.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now facing the world's second largest outbreak of Ebola, with over 900 cases in the eastern region of the country. The DRC’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are leading a comprehensive response, and yet the virus continues to slip through, despite the new innovations and approaches developed following the West African outbreak. Frontline organizations are facing insecure conditions and community distrust caused by more than a decade of conflict in the area.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (the Foundation) will provide rapid funding to accelerate the use of innovative approaches for overcoming these obstacles to stopping Ebola in the DRC.
Priority Solution Areas
We are looking for solutions to address the following priority areas:
Enable Ebola patients in hard to access communities and/or insecure locations to receive safe and effective treatment (infection prevention and control, clinical treatment, vaccinations etc.)
Mobilize effective community engagement (risk communication, etc.)
Accelerate and improve data, analysis and communication for improved response (data collection, contact tracing, surveillance, and analytics for improved decision making)
Innovation: We are seeking to fund and scale best practices and innovative approaches developed by frontline partners that will have an immediate positive impact on the Ebola response in eastern DRC.
Frontline presence: We are seeking applications from organizations that are: i. officially registered to operate in the DRC; ii. already operating in, or through partners in, Ituri/North Kivu, and; iii. able to demonstrate capacity to implement the proposed solution quickly in that context. We are not able to directly fund governments and/or government agencies.
Speed to impact: We are seeking solutions that can be deployed, accelerated or scaled for impact, ideally within weeks of receiving funding.
Alignment: Proposals should demonstrate alignment with the Ministry of Health and WHO’s Strategic Response Plan for the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak (PDF) in the Provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, February-July 2019 (SRP3)
How to Apply
Please download the Proposal and Budget Template =>
Provide high level summary of the project deliverables and activities (1-2 pages). Template includes:
Impact Statement: What pressing problem does the proposed new solution overcome in relation to the challenge areas described above?
Speed to impact: How fast can the solution be deployed to the field? How soon will we see impact?
Solution: Deployment/Usage/Alignment (to SRP3) Plan.
Budget: Provide budget with mains costs/inputs. For this challenge, proposal budgets should in all cases be less than US $1 million.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage early submission. All materials should be received no later than March 25th 5 p.m. PT. Final funding decision will be announced in early April.
By submitting a Proposal, applicants acknowledge the following:
Applications and applicant materials will not be treated as confidential by the Foundation and may be used by the Foundation for any purpose. Applications should not include any information that may be considered confidential or proprietary information of the applicant or any third party.
Nothing contained in this call for proposal creates any express or implied obligation on the part of the Foundation, including, without limitation, obligation to fund any proposal, person or entity. Applicants understand and agree that under no circumstances will the Foundation or any of its principals or their affiliated entities be liable to any applicant for any damages, claims, allegations or any other causes of action associated with or arising out of applicants’ responses to this call for proposals.
Any communication with the Foundation or its representatives relates solely to this call for proposals. No advice, feedback, guidance or other instruction or interaction with the Foundation or its representatives related to this call for proposals will be construed as advice or counsel or will substitute or negate any applicant’s compliance or contractual obligations related to its proposal or any subsequent grant agreement, if applicable.
The Foundation will make all funding decisions in response to this call for proposals in its sole discretion and any funding will be contingent upon an applicant entering into a written grant agreement on terms acceptable to the Foundation.
Is there a limit to how many proposals one organization can submit?
We do not have a cap for how many proposals can be submitted per each organization. However, if the proposal is a collaboration amongst partners, please only submit one application.
When does the challenge close? Will you accept late proposals?
The challenge closes on March 25th so that we are able to review and decide in early April We will not be in a position to accept late proposals. Any changes in timing will be posted on the website.
What is the expected timeline for approval and communication?
We aim to communicate the results of the challenge in April 2019.
What is the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s policy on indirect costs?
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation allows up to 10% indirect costs on the amount of the project. Indirect costs will vary depending on the type of project and typically include general running costs.
Do we have to be a 501(c)(3) organization to apply?
You do not need to be a 501(c)(3) organization. We will accept proposals from non-profit organizations, commercial and inter-governmental organizations registered to operate in the DRC and which fall within the parameters of the challenge. We are not in a position to fund governments or government agencies through this challenge.
Do you require a budget narrative?
We do not require a budget narrative at this point in the application process.
What type of award does the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation intend to issue?
Typically, the foundation issues awards in the form of grants. However, given our call for innovative, collaborative proposals, which is open to various types of organizations, we will decide the award type based on individual proposals.
What if my proposals straddles more than one of the priority areas?
We are encouraging collaboration and innovation, which may cross one or more of the challenge areas, so we are maintaining an open approach.
Does the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have specific budget targets in mind for each of the core challenge areas?
We do not have specific budget targets for each of the challenge areas, although we are only considering proposals of less than $1 million in this challenge. We are encouraging collaboration and innovation, which may cross one or more of the challenge areas, so we are maintaining an open approach.
What is the expected timeline for approval and communication?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage early submission. All materials should be received no later than March 25th 5pm PT. Final funding decision will be announced in early April.
My solution is not necessarily a “high tech” innovation, will it still be considered?
Yes. We are taking an expansive definition of innovation.
My organization does not work in the Ebola-affected areas of the DRC but we work with partners operating there, can we apply?
You may apply with a frontline responding organization as part of their proposal as long as they meet the eligibility parameters listed on the Challenge website.
Can I expect any feedback if my proposal is not selected?
While we appreciate all the work that goes into each and every submission, unfortunately, we are unable to provide specific feedback on all proposals.
Are you able to provide guidance on proposals before submission?
Apart from the proposal guidelines above and the guidance contained in the template document, we are unable to provide guidance on individual proposals before submission.
Does the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation allow for subcontractors?
Yes, the Foundation typically allows grantees to use subcontractors.
I am a donor/funder and am interested to join this challenge as a funding partner, how can I find out more?
Please email EbolaChallenge@vulcan.com with "funding partner" in the subject line.