Applying for Funding

Multicountry Funding Applications

The Global Fund serves the needs of countries, but diseases don’t respect borders, and sometimes the most effective solution is one that brings together several countries or regions.

Through multicountry funding, the Global Fund aims to address a limited number of key multicountry priorities, deemed critical to fulfill the aims of the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022 and not able to be addressed through country allocations alone.

Multicountry strategic priorities

The Global Fund has identified a key multicountry strategic priority for each disease for the 2017-2019 funding cycle:

Component Multicountry strategic priority Funding (US$ millions)
Malaria Malaria elimination in low-burden countries 145
TB Finding the missed people with TB 65
HIV Sustainability of services for key populations 50
Total 260

Within each multicountry strategic priority are specific priority areas.

While several priority areas have pre-identified applicants, there will be a competitive application process for the majority of priority areas. For more detail, refer to the guidance note and frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

Pre-identified applicants

For the following priority areas the Global Fund will invite a pre-identified applicant to develop a funding request that addresses the defined objectives and regional focus.

Priority areas with pre-identified applicants

Disease Priority area Application approach Expected submission timing Expected number of grants
Malaria Elimination of malaria in Mesoamerica and Hispaniola Pre-identified Completed 1
Elimination of malaria in South Africa Pre-identified or request for proposals
(to be confirmed in Q1 2018)
April 2018 or later 1-2
Elimination of malaria multidrug resistance (Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative) Pre-identified Completed 1
TB TB in mining Pre-identified Completed 1
Supranational labs in Eastern and Southern Africa Pre-identified April or August 2018 1

Competitive application process: Requests for proposals

For priority areas with a competitive application process through requests for proposals, any eligible applicant may submit a funding request to the Global Fund.

A core part of each request for proposals will be a terms of reference document outlining the scope of the future grant(s). The Global Fund will draft a terms of reference for each priority area. The draft will then be subject to consultations. External consultations will take place through different engagement modalities. For more details, contact the respective focal points listed in our guidance note below. Numerous terms of reference will be also opened for consultations on our Terms of Reference Open for Consultation page.

Each finalized terms of reference will become an integral part of a request for proposals. Applicants will need to address the requirements reflected in the terms of reference while preparing their funding request. Requests for proposals are published on our Requests for Proposals page.

The expected number of grants for each priority area has been defined and potential applicants are encouraged to work together to prepare a joint submission that fully meets the terms of reference.

Priority areas with competitive application process

Disease Priority area Application approach Request for proposals published Expected submission timing Expected number of grants
Malaria Elimination of malaria in South Africa Pre-identified or request for proposals (to be confirmed in Q1 2018) To be confirmed April 2018 or later 1-2
TB Improving the quality of care and prevention for multidrug-resistant TB in Eastern Europe Request for proposals Q1 2018 April 2018 1
Support Latin American and Caribbean countries transitioning from Global Fund TB financing Request for proposals To be confirmed April or August 2018 1
Interventions among refugees in Eastern Africa Request for proposals To be confirmed April or August 2018 1
Supranational laboratory in Western and Central Africa Request for proposals Q1 2018 April 2018 1
Interventions among migrant and mobile population in Asia 2 requests for proposals Q1 2018 April 2018 2
HIV Sustainability of services for key populations in Latin American and Caribbean region 2 requests for proposals Q2 2018 August 2018 2-3
Sustainability of services for key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region Request for proposals Q4 2017 April 2018 1-2
Sustainability of services for key populations in South East Asia region Request for proposals Q2 2018 August 2018 1
Sustainability of services for key populations in Middle East and North Africa region Request for proposals Q1 2018 April 2018 1

Multicountry funding is one part of the Global Fund’s catalytic investments, which are a portion of funding for programs, activities and strategic investments not adequately accommodated through country allocations but essential to achieve the aims of the Global Fund strategy and global partner plans.