Funding Opportunity: Ending Neglected Diseases through Operational Research (ENDOR) by USAID

About the Organization

USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.

President John. F. Kennedy created the United States Agency for International Development by executive order in 1961 to lead the US government’s international development and humanitarian efforts.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America’s interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

USAID works in over 100 countries to:

  • Promote Global Health
  • Support Global Stability
  • Provide Humanitarian Assistance
  • Catalyze Innovation and Partnership
  • Empower Women and Girls

About the Grant

Under this five-year cooperative agreement, USAID intends to transfer federal Global Health (GH) assistance funds by awarding one cooperative agreement to an organization or to a consortium of organizations. WHO’s 2030 NTD Roadmap Gap Assessment, and recent WHO NTD Global Partners Meeting, highlight several gaps in disease-specific strategies for mapping, monitoring and evaluation, availability of accurate and field-friendly diagnostics, and sustainable public health and surveillance systems, to name some. Within USAID’s existing flagship implementation projects, Act | East led by RTI and Act | West led by FHI360, endemic countries and implementing partners frequently encounter these highlighted challenges in implementation. Increasingly, there are challenges in approaching post-elimination strategies, such as country-specific periodic surveillance and provision of NTD services after elimination/control has been reached (thereafter community-wide drug treatments have ended).

ENDOR will support national governments, local research institutions, and local NGOs by addressing the following high level Focus Areas:

  • Fostering and convening a network of local and international research investigators, including young and mid-career researchers, and identifying and prioritizing NTD OR needs in a more diverse and equitable manner;
  • Defining and undertaking relevant coordinated research initiatives as prioritized by USAID and USAID NTD Program implementing partners to target the gaps and barriers highlighted by the WHO 2030 NTD Roadmap and the NTD community;
  • Improving the timeliness and quality of OR initiatives through issuance of subaward agreements under ENDOR directly to local and endemic country institutions in response to persistent and new challenges, and translating these into programmatic solutions to solve endemic country issues; and
  • Working collaboratively with the NTD donor community to ensure that support for research is equitable and appropriate to meet project needs.

How to Apply

Current Closing Date for Applications: Dec 08, 2023

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