Although the Global Fund serves the needs of countries, we know that diseases do not respect borders. Sometimes the most effective solution is one that brings together several countries or regions.
Through catalytic multicountry funding, the Global Fund addresses a limited number of key multicountry priorities to realize the Global Fund strategy. These catalytic investments complement those made through our allocation methodology.
|Component||Multicountry strategic priorities||Funding
|Malaria||Malaria elimination in Southern Africa||20|
|Addressing Drug Resistance in the Greater Mekong Sub-region||120|
|TB||TB Multi-country Approach||40|
|HIV||Key populations and Sustainability Multi-country Approach||50|
For some priority areas, applicants will be pre-identified for continuation or pre-shaping and for other priority areas there will be a competitive process. In all these cases, appropriate dialogue with relevant stakeholders is expected, depending on the scale and scope of the approach.
Watch a webinar on Requests for Proposals for Catalytic Multicountry funding as part of our iLearn series on the 2020-2022 funding cycle.
Once an applicant has been identified, the Global Fund will invite them to develop a funding request that addresses the approved priority area and regional focus.
For priority areas with a competitive application process, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be published on the Global Fund website. These RFPs will include specific Terms of Reference (TORs) that the applicant will need to address in their funding request. RFPs will be published approximately 3-4 months prior to the expected submission window in order to allow for robust regional dialogue.
The Technical Review Panel will assess all funding requests that meet minimum application and eligibility criteria and will identify the strongest proposal that aligns with the TORs for each priority area. The expected number of grants for each priority area has been defined and potential applicants are encouraged to work together to jointly present a comprehensive and compelling proposal that fully meets the TORs.
|Disease||Priority area||Application approach||RFP Published||Expected submission timing||Expected number of grants|
|HIV||Sustainability of services for key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region||RFP||January 2021||30 April 2021||1|
|Sustainability of services for key populations in South East Asia||RFP||End April / Early May||15 August 2021||1|
This guidance is relevant for multi-country priorities for which continuation, pre-shaping or RFP is the assigned application approach. Additional information for each modality is forthcoming:
Materials for multicountry grants defined as "Continuation" with minor or no changes from previous funding cycles.
Materials for multicountry grants defined as "Pre-Shaping.
All of our active RFPs are available for immediate download below. To request an electronic copy of the application materials, you can contact In your message, please indicate the name of the person and organization responding to the proposal and the relevant multicountry project title.