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The deadline for submission of proposals was May 19, 2023 at 23:59 Eastern Time.

The Pandemic Fund opened its first round of funding in January 2023, and invited interested Eligible Countries, Regional Entities and Implementing Entities to develop full proposals for potential projects to be supported by the initial funding. The submission portal opened on May 1 and closed on May 19, 2023.

Proposals have been screened for eligibility. Eligible proposals are being reviewed by the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP). Proposals that were not eligible will receive detailed feedback in the coming weeks. The TAP will complete its technical review of projects by the end of June 2023 and the Governing Board expects to allocate funding to projects by the end of July 2023. 

The Pandemic Fund Governing Board has approved an envelope of about $300 million in financing for its first round of funding to help countries better prevent, prepare for and respond to future pandemics.

Timeline and process for the first round of funding.

January 31, 2023:

Launch of the first round of funding.

February 3 -24, 2023:

Submission of Expression of Interests (EOI). This was a voluntary step and over 600 proposals have been received. 

March 3 – May 19, 2023:  

Call for proposals opened on March 3 and closed on May 19, 2023. Over 175 proposals have been received.

May – June 2023:

Screening of proposals for eligibility performed by the Secretariat.

Review of eligible proposals by the Technical Advisory Panel.

July 2023:

Review of eligible proposals by the Governing Board. Announcement of selected proposals to be funded.

Priority areas of funding

This first round of funding prioritizes high-impact investments in: i) comprehensive disease surveillance and early warning systems; ii) laboratory systems; and iii) human resources and public health and community workforce capacity, in line with the Pandemic Fund’s Results Framework.

Financing is intended for projects that will help strengthen core capacities in one or more of these three priority areas, which present the promise of generating a visible impact in terms of prevention and preparedness to effectively detect and rapidly respond to disease outbreaks.

This page will be updated on regular basis to inform about progress. Successful proposals will be made publicly available.

For questions: The Pandemic Fund Call for Proposals


Privacy Notice

To participate in this Call for Proposals, the World Bank will collect personal details pertaining to name, business email, business phone, business address and signature. This data will be destroyed 3 years after the end of the completion of the selection process, except for the selected proposals, where information associated with the applicants’ names may be published by the World Bank and kept for longer. The World Bank may also collect additional information which will be used to produce statistics and aggregated analysis, but such information will be kept in an anonymized format. The World Bank will process your details in accordance with the Call for Proposals and with our Privacy Notice for the World Bank webpages. By submitting a proposal, you agree to World Bank’s use of your proposal details and processing of your personal data as part of the application process. The World Bank may also publish the applicant’s name in the official page of the Call for Proposals.


All countries that are eligible to receive financing from the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) are eligible to apply for project funding from the Pandemic Fund (Eligible Countries).

Regional entities or platforms that are specialized technical institutions established by the governments of one or more Eligible Country (-ies) to support their public health initiatives and strengthen pandemic PPR capacity. Regional development communities or economic organizations may also be considered. Regional arms of a global organization, generally consisting of Member States grouped within a geographical region of that global organization, would typically not be eligible.


The Pandemic Fund will channel its financing under this first round through the Implementing Entities that have been approved to date by the Board to support project implementation. Each proposal must identify at least one Implementing Entity from among the thirteen (13) currently approved Implementing Entities: African Development Bank; Asian Development Bank; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; European Investment Bank; Inter-American Development Bank; International Finance Corporation; World Bank; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; UNICEF; World Health Organization; the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

(Please note: African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are not participating in this Call for Proposals)

The Pandemic Fund Applicant Process Tutorial


  • The Pandemic Fund Secretariat
    1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C. 20433
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    Anita Rozowska