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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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

The Fund is inviting interested Eligible Countries, Regional Entities and Implementing Entities to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for potential projects to be supported by this initial funding.

The purpose of the EOI is to facilitate coordination among partners (e.g., Countries, Regional Entities, Implementing Entities) in developing and submitting proposals. Also, the EOI will provide an early sense of demand for the funding; provide an opportunity for the Secretariat to meet with interested parties and answer questions; enable the Secretariat to identify synergies amongst proposals and make connections; and help the Secretariat to understand the needs of applicants. Following the closing of the EOI, a Call for Proposals with more detailed requirements will open in early March 2023.

The deadline for submission of EOIs is February 24, 2023 at 23:59 Eastern Time.

For additional information, please download the cover letter and EOI form below in your preferred language.

English

Arabic /  عربي 

Chinese / 中文 

French / Français 

Portuguese (Continental) / Português continental 

Portuguese (Brazilian) / Português brasileiro 

Russian / русский 

Spanish / Español 

The Secretariat will host Information Sessions for interested applicants to learn more about the EOI and ask questions on the following days and times. If there is significant demand, additional sessions may be organized:

February 14, 2023 @ 8-9am DC time – Please register here: https://worldbankgroup.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcOCpqTMrGtLPUF77TGBX3iQ6gv2OhCR7

February 16, 2023 @ 7-8pm DC time – Please register here: https://worldbankgroup.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsc-2sqjooH9ThmDZKflIpA5FsPBI-br-Z

Following these sessions, a Frequently Asked Questions page will be available here.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Pandemic Fund’s first Calls for Proposals (CfP) will open at the beginning of March 2023, following the closing of the Expression of Interest. This CfP will prioritize high-impact investments in: i) comprehensive disease surveillance and early warning; ii) laboratory systems; and iii) human resources and public health and community workforce capacity, in line with relevant Joint External Evaluation 3rd edition (JEE) targets, National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS), One Health and related national and regional health and community systems strengthening plans, as applicable, as well as 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 respond to disease outbreaks. More information including funding principles and evaluation criteria for proposals will be communicated on this page.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES AND REGIONAL ENTITIES

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 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, are also eligible to apply for project Funding from the Pandemic Fund.

IMPLEMENTING ENTITIES

The Pandemic Fund will channel its financing through Implementing Entities that will support project implementation. Each proposal must identify at least one Implementing Entity from among the thirteen (13) currently approved Implementing Entities, as listed in the Operations Manual and Governance Framework: 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.