The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Inviting Applications to find new approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings

Donor Name: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funding round: Round 19
Fund name: New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings (Round 19) Fund

Funding brief: Vaccine effectiveness depends on the timing of its administration, and it is not optimal if given early, delayed, or not as recommended. To achieve maximum protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, a child should receive all immunizations within the recommend intervals. Even if coverage improves with time, postponed vaccination adds to the pool of unprotected children in the population. This can be particularly problematic during the introduction of new vaccines. However, there are few validated, evidence-based approaches available to improve timeliness of routine immunizations.

The challenge: The Foundation is soliciting innovative ideas for improving timeliness of routine immunizations. They’re specifically seeking applications proposing innovative approaches that successfully improve timeliness while reducing missed opportunities for vaccination, respect gender and equity inequalities, and target hard to reach populations, such as nomadic or remote. Successful proposals will include details on the design and pilot testing of the approach in their application. The effectiveness of the proposed approach on timeliness should be evaluated in Phase I, and a clear plan for the the impact of the approach on vaccine timeliness, completeness and coverage rates should be evaluated in Phase 2 if subsequent funding is awarded.

What they are looking for: Successful proposals will include:
A clear hypothesis underlying the proposed approach to improve timeliness as well as documentation of timeliness (e.g. by a woman/child’s card, by health facility register that can track individual names of women/children vaccinated);
Plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the approach in improving timeliness using established metrics;
Outline of the design of the proposed approach to improve timeliness; and,
A plan for evaluation of the impact of the approach on completeness and coverage rates, should Phase II funding be granted.

Additionally, they will consider proposals identifying and testing approaches for improving timeliness of vaccines in low and middle income countries that support:
Mothers and families seeking to overcome barriers regarding timeliness and completeness of routine immunization;
Innovations that involve building on, disrupting, or adapting existing systems. Successful proposals will describe how their approach would work within existing health systems or what change would need to occur within health systems for their approach to be effective; and,
Projects which constitute transformative rather than incremental improvements to improving timeliness that would be deliverable and scaleable in low-income countries.

Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:30 a.m. US Pacific Standard Time

Funding details link:

Budget limit: Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: Phase- I projects have a term of 18 months beginning on the project start date. Phase II funding is up to two (2) years.

Eligible organization: GCE is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

Eligibility: As above
Submission mail: Not Found

Other important link:
GCE Rules and Guidelines Round 19:
Tips for Applicants:

How to apply: An applicant must submit under only one topic each round and may submit only one proposal. Submit your best idea. You may submit multiple ideas in partnership with collaborators, but an individual Principal Investigator may lead the submission of only one proposal each round. View the detailed topic descriptions and determine which topic best suits your idea. You must select a topic prior to submitting a proposal. You may change your topic and edit your proposal any time before the application deadline.
If you are an existing user, you can log in to your existing account ( users must create an account and submit proposals through online portal (

The foundation encourages you to use the provided application form, which can be downloaded at: Explorations Application Form ( You are required to submit either a Microsoft Word® or PDF document; no more than two pages in length. Please do not include a cover sheet with your proposal. A cover sheet will be automatically generated from your registration data.


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