The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is seeking applications from qualified entities to implement the Augmenting Humanitarian Capacity for Infectious Disease Emergencies with Epidemic or Pandemic Potential program.
- Improve local and international NGO and PIO operational and technical capacity for coordination with critical ID coordination platforms, including global clusters and Emergency Operation Centers (EOC), to ensure clear lines of effort and effective, integrated, multi-sectoral approaches in response to outbreaks in humanitarian settings or to those that reach the scale of a humanitarian emergency.
- Strengthen local and international organizations’ operational capacity to rapidly respond to future ID outbreaks of epidemic or pandemic potential that are in or become humanitarian. This would include augmenting internal systems to scale up quickly and launch a multi-sectoral integrated response.
- Review current technical resources and develop new common support tools/capacities /technical resources as needed to support an integrated multisectoral response for ID outbreaks of epidemic or pandemic potential that are in or become humanitarian, and where appropriate, an integrated humanitarian-ID response.
- USAID intends to award up to three Cooperative Agreements pursuant to this NOFO, subject to funding availability. The total funding for this NOFO is $15 million for all the awards. Each award will have a period of performance of up to five years. BHA may only make one award for up to $15 million under this NOFO.
- The anticipated period of performance is up to five years. The estimated start date will be on or about April 3, 2023.
USAID/BHA expects the program to have a global scope, providing support, capacity building, tools and recommendations that would be relevant across a wide range of humanitarian contexts. Each applicant must use the best geographic approach for its application. Applicants can include focus at local, national, and regional levels as needed. Applicants must include robust assessment information from primary and/or secondary sources to justify interventions in the proposed area. As the nature of IDs is extremely fluid and unpredictable, applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to adjust programming accordingly.
- U.S. and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public international organizations (PIOs) including UN agencies may apply.
- Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. non-profit organizations may apply for funding for an assistance award under this NOFO. Foreign government-owned parastatal organizations from countries that have certain legal restrictions for receiving assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible.
- Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities may apply for NOFO funding under this NOFO. USG and USAID regulations generally treat colleges and universities as NGOs, rather than governmental organizations; hence, both public and private colleges and universities are eligible. Non-U.S. colleges and universities in countries that have certain legal restrictions for receiving assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible.
- An NGO is defined by USAID as any non-governmental organization or entity, whether non-profit or profit-making.
- USAID also encourages applications from organizations that intend to work together in a consortium.
- Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for federal financial assistance on the same basis as any other organization and are subject to the protections and requirements of Federal law.
- BHA welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID (new partners) and local organizations.
- Each applicant may only submit one application under this NOFO. Sub-awardees may be on more than one application.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=342962