THE PANDEMIC FUND: Guidance Note for Applicants on the Second Call for Proposals

The Pandemic Fund has launched its second Call for Proposals (CfP) on December 22, 2023, with an envelope of US$500 million.

While the online application portal for the second CfP will be opened in February 2024, the purpose of this Guidance Note is to provide early information to interested applicants so that they may begin preparations and consultations around proposals, internally as well as with the Pandemic Fund Secretariat and Implementing Entities.

The second CfP continues to prioritize high-impact investments in the following priority areas, in recognition of the high demand for funding in these areas: 1) early warning and disease surveillance systems, 2) laboratory systems, and 3) strengthening human resources/public health and community workforce capacity, including workforce capacity related to human and animal health, to help countries prevent, prepare for and respond to health emergencies.

Proposals submitted to the Pandemic Fund for funding under the second CfP must cover one or more of these three priority areas. Further, regardless of priority areas for the second CfP and future rounds, the Pandemic Fund requires that particular attention be paid to community engagement, and in addition, to civil society engagement, gender equity, and other broader equity considerations, as cross-cutting areas of focus in proposal development and implementation, and be reflected clearly in the proposals submitted.

The Fund emphasises community engagement, civil society involvement, gender equity, and broader equity considerations as cross-cutting areas of focus. Proposals should clearly reflect these elements. 

Eligibility and Proposal Types: 

Proposals can be of three types: Single-country, Multi-country, and Regional Entity proposals. 

Key Requirements: 

  1. Proposals must align with the Fund’s Results Framework and demonstrate capacity building, coordination, and operational efficiency. 
  2. Co-financing and co-investment are encouraged to complement the grant funding. 

Important Dates: 

  • Application Portal Opens: Late February 2024 
  • Submission Deadline: May 17, 2024 
  • Funding Decision: By end of October 2024 

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