Limited Submission: USAID Support to End Tuberculosis

Summary

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the program entitled “USAID Support to End Tuberculosis”. Eligibility for this award is not restricted.

The Government of Vietnam (GVN) aims to end TB by 2030, working through its National TB Program (NTP). USAID, through this USAID Support to End Tuberculosis Activity, will support the GVN to achieve this goal through targeted technical assistance to the NTP, provincial health management authorities, TB service networks, as well as other key local stakeholders in priority provinces.

USAID seeks to fund an activity that addresses the below three components.

  • Strengthened TB service delivery platform
  • Improved service accessibility
  • Advance local ownership of TB response

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount
  • Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to award a cooperative agreement with a total estimated amount of up to $15,000,000 over a five-year period pursuant to this NOFO. USAID reserves the right to fund any one or none of the applications submitted.
Eligibility
  • Eligibility for this NOFO is not restricted.
  • While for-profit firms may participate, pursuant to 2 CFR 200.400(g), it is USAID policy not to award profit to prime recipients and subrecipients under assistance instruments. However, while profit is not allowed for sub-awards, the prohibition does not apply when the recipient acquires goods and services in accordance with 2 CFR 200.317 -326, “Procurement Standards.” Forgone profit does not qualify as cost-share.
  • Each applicant must be found to be a responsible entity before receiving an award. The Agreement Officer (AO) may determine that a pre-award survey is required in accordance with ADS 303.3.9.1 to determine whether the applicant has the necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills – or ability to obtain them – in order to achieve the objectives of the program and comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations. Applicants who do not currently meet all USAID requirements for systems and controls may still be eligible under special award considerations and should not be discouraged from applying. USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
Selection Criteria

E.2.1 Technical Application Merit Review Criteria

 USAID will review the technical applications according to the following merit review criteria.

  • Technical Approach and MEL Plan
    • The extent to which the technical approach and the MEL Plan sets forth a clear vision and addresses all the requirements, is technically sound, demonstrates a clear understanding of the Activity goal and objectives, and presents a realistic, convincing, and feasible strategy and approach to achieve them and the expected results.
  • Management Approach and Staffing Plan
    • The extent to which the Applicant convincingly demonstrates a logical and well thought out management approach, organizational structure and staffing plan that demonstrates how the Applicant will effectively and efficiently organize, mobilize, and manage the necessary resources to implement the proposed interventions to achieve the Activity goal and expected results.
  • Organizational Experience and Capability
    • The extent to which Applicant convincingly demonstrates its experience and capability to successfully implement TB focused activities with similar magnitude and complexity in similar country contexts. Demonstration of effectively establishing and maintaining relationships with host governments and the National TB programs similar to or in the Vietnam context.

E.2.2 Oral Presentation Merit Review Criteria

  • Only technically acceptable applicants may be required, as determined by USAID, to provide an oral presentation. Oral presentations (if required) will be reviewed on the basis of whether they successfully elaborate on the information provided in the technical application.

E.3 Cost Application Review

  • USAID will evaluate the cost application of the apparently successful technical application. This review will determine whether the costs are allowable in accordance with the cost principles found in 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. USAID will also consider (1) the extent of the Applicant’s understanding of the financial aspects of the program and the Applicant’s ability to perform the activities within the amount requested; (2) whether the Applicant’s plans will achieve the program objectives with reasonable economy and efficiency; and (3) whether any special conditions relating to costs should be included in the award.

E.4 Determination of Award

  • At the end of Phase 1, the Selection Committee will determine the technically acceptable Applicant(s) who may be required, as determined by USAID, to provide an oral presentation. The Selection Committee will make a final review of the technical application to ensure it conforms to the mutual understanding of the parties established during the Phase 2 process. The cost/business application will be evaluated by the Agreement Officer/Agreement Specialist using a thorough cost effectiveness and realism analysis. Only after all these steps are completed will the Agreement Officer make an award determination. If USAID and the apparently successful Applicant cannot come to a mutual understanding during the course of Phase 1 and 2, or if the apparently successful Applicant is unable to provide satisfactory Technical and Cost Applications, or did not meet deadlines for submissions, or presents an unacceptable risk as a result of the risk assessment, then the Agreement Officer may designate the next highest-evaluated Applicant from Phase 1 as the apparently successful Applicant. This decision is at the sole discretion of the Agreement Officer. The Agreement Officer’s decision regarding funding of an award is final and not subject to review. Any information that may impact the Agreement Officer’s decision shall be directed to the Agreement Officer
Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal as the prime applicant. There is no limitation on being included as a potential sub-awardee across multiple applications.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • A two-page Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

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