The Global Fund serves the needs of countries, but diseases don’t respect borders. Sometimes the most effective solution is one that brings together several countries or regions. Through multicountry funding, the Global Fund addresses a limited number of key multicountry priorities deemed critical to fulfill the aims of the Global Fund strategy. These catalytic investments complement those made through our allocation methodology.
|Component||Catalytic multicountry strategic priorities||Funding
|Malaria||Malaria elimination in Southern Africa||20|
|Addressing drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Sub-region||120|
|TB||TB multicountry approach||40|
|HIV||Key populations and sustainability multicountry Approach||50|
For some priority areas applicants will be pre-identified for continuation or pre-shaping and the Global Fund will invite them to develop a funding request that addresses the approved priority area and regional focus. For other priority areas, there will be a competitive process allowing potential applicants to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP). 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.
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 pre-shaping and full review funding requests and RFPs that meet minimum application and eligibility criteria and for RFPs will identify the strongest proposal that aligns with the TORs for each priority area. 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||May 2021||10 September 2021||1|
This guidance is relevant for catalytic multicountry priorities for which continuation, pre-shaping or RFP is the assigned application approach:
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.