Call for Nominations: Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH Proposal Review Committee

With support from TB Reach, IRD operates a TB screening programme in Vulamehlo Local Municipality in Ugu District. South Africa. Photo: Shehzad Noorani/South Africa

29 June 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland - The Stop TB Partnership has today launched a call for nominations to join the Proposal Review Committee (PRC) for Wave 5 of TB REACH.

The TB REACH PRC is an independent, impartial group of TB experts who review TB REACH grant applications and make recommendations for funding. Any individual who is engaged in the fight to end TB can apply to join the TB REACH PRC.

In order to apply:

The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, July 10 2016, 23:59 CET. The Stop TB Partnership Secretariat will review the application forms and CVs of people who applied and make selections.

TB REACH is currently finalizing plans for the Wave 5 Call for Proposals. The Wave 5 Call for Proposals is expected to be a two-step process. Interested organizations must first submit a Letter of Inter (LOI) which focuses on organizational capacity to implement a TB-focused project, the organization’s ability and track record to deliver against set timetables, and a description of proposed activities. The LOI application is expected to be open for 5 weeks in August 2016. PRC members will then review screened LOIs remotely and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the successful LOIs via teleconference calls. Only successful LOI applicants are expected to be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal must include a more detailed description of activities as well as an outline of targets for project yield and population-level impact. The full proposal application window is expected to open in early October 2016 for 6 weeks. The full proposal review is expected to be in late November 2016 when the PRC will meet in person for 2 weeks to make funding recommendations to the Stop TB Partnership’s Coordinating Board. The final funding decision is expected to be announced in end-December 2016.

TB REACH is a multi-lateral funding mechanism which provides a platform for testing innovative strategies aimed at increasing the number of people treated for TB, decreasing the time to appropriate treatment and improving treatment success rates. It combines fast-track, results-based financing and rigorous, external monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to produce results, so other donor agencies can scale-up successful approaches and maximize their own investments.

Last month, the Government of Canada announced a renewed investment of CA$85 million for the Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative over the next five years. In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged a further US$ 7 million to complement Canada’s investment. The Indonesia Health Fund, comprised of eight Indonesian business leaders convened by Dato Sri Dr. Tahir, also pledged US $1.5 million for TB REACH grants in Indonesian.