Answers to questions regarding TogetHER’s Cervical Cancer Grants Program 2021 funding round

October 11, 2021

TogetHER’s Cervical Cancer Grants Program aims to provide small, highly targeted grants addressing demand and supply barriers that prevent access to the life-saving cervical cancer prevention services in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs). These catalytic investments directly improve the lives of girls and women and trigger systemic health improvements such as policy changes, regulatory approvals, and the development of tools and strategies adaptable across the health system.

TogetHER is currently accepting submissions from non-governmental organizations for its second round of funding through the Cervical Cancer Grants Program. Questions regarding the application process and the Request for Proposals could be submitted to TogetHER until Friday, October 8th. Submitted questions – and TogetHER’s responses to each – can be found below:

QuestionResponse
Can a hospital also apply or it’s only NGOs  The Program is open to all non-profit/non-governmental organizations, faith-based, and academic institutions and other local organizations which are located in low and middle-income countries. Hospitals are welcome to apply, if they are designated as a not-for-profit entity.   
I was wondering if local organizations are eligible to apply and what the process looks like.   The Program is open to all non-profit/non-governmental organizations, faith-based, community-based, academic institutions and other local organizations located in low and middle-income countries. Please refer to the RFP under Proposal Requirements (page 7) for details on what should be submitted for a complete application.    
Wondering whether you accept applications from Iraq?  Iraq is currently listed as an upper-middle income country on the World Bank’s Country Classification by Income, and therefore qualifies for our grants program.   
We are interested in knowing what you would like us to include in the appendices as we prepare to submit the proposal.  Please refer to page 7 of the RFP for the relevant sections to include in the proposal, which should be limited to 3 pages. Appendices are not required, but offers an opportunity to provide any supporting information relevant to your proposal. Please do include a budget for how you propose to spend the funds. This can be put in the body of the proposal, or can be included as an appendix.   
I am writing to inquire about the proposal on  “Cervical Cancer Grants Program” in the guideline it mentions that the proposal should not be more than 3 pages in length and for a financial budget we need to include within 3 pages or we can send it separately.   You may include the budget as an appendix. This will not count against the 3-page limit.
Our technology directly addresses the issues with current cryoablation devices; given that thermal ablation devices are prioritized in Table 2, with no mention of cryotherapy, will this still be considered?  Please note that Track 2 will not provide funding for evaluation of established screening & treatment technologies (e.g., Pap Smear, VIA, or cryotherapy).  
Do grants need to be for implementation projects? Can they be used for pilots, development work, etc.?  Funds for this program should be used to pilot the application of improved screening or treatment technologies for cervical cancer prevention. Research and development of specific technologies or devices is not within the scope of this call.   
We have a nonprofit arm tied to our organization, which we can utilize if we need to. Just to confirm, based on the language in the RFP, grants cannot be made to a Public Benefit Corporation, correct?  The RFP is open to non-governmental and non-profit organizations, which may include community and/or faith-based organizations, and academic institutions. The call is not open to for-profit entities. 
Do we need to add a budget in the proposal, or these details can be worked on later. If a budget is needed, what level of details is needed.  Please provide a brief line-item budget with standard budget categories, as relevant for your project: personnel, equipment/supplies, transportation, meeting/convening, and other direct costs. Please also include overhead costs. The budget can be embedded into the 3-page limit, or can be added as an appendix.
At one place in the RFP,   “Demonstration projects that reveal how provider behaviors may impede or facilitate adoption of new secondary prevention technologies” is mentioned as an illustration of a potential project for the new grant and is in the context of secondary prevention. Does this illustration apply to primary prevention (HPV vaccine) too? Your clarification in this regard will be helpful.  Yes, this example of a project idea also applies to primary prevention. Thank you for pointing out this oversight.
I am wondering if you have a budget template that you would like us to follow and what your expectations are in terms of a narrative. I am also curious if you are asking for the budget just for the 25K we are applying for or for the full project budget also.  There is not a budget template; however, please provide a brief line item budget with standard budget categories, as relevant for your project: personnel, equipment/supplies, transportation, meeting/convening, and other direct costs. Please also include overhead costs. The budget can be embedded into the 3-page limit, or can be added as an appendix.  There is no need to include a budget for the larger project, but please do explain how this investment complements existing investments, specifically to accelerate demand and/or access for cervical cancer prevention services.    
I am applying for TogetHER for Health’s Cervical Cancer Grant Program and I Want to know whether the three pages requirements include the appendices or that should be separate?    The proposal should be limited to three pages in length. Appendices are meant to provide supplemental information to complement the proposal. There are no page limits on appendices. Please do include a budget for your proposal. The budget may be included in the proposal, or it can be included as an appendix.  
Reading through the RFP for the TFH CxCa Grant, we noticed that it states that small NGOs in LMICs could apply for the opportunity. We wish to know if you would consider funding a rural community-based hospital, that is established as a social enterprise, for CxCa preventive and screening activities.  The hospital can provide evidence to show that it has received and managed other funding from non-profit /grant organizations. If given an affirmative answer, we would also like to know if papers can be published based on results from implementation of the project.    The RFP is open to non-governmental and non-profit organizations, which may include community and/or faith-based organizations, and academic institutions. The call is not open to for-profit entities. Yes, program results may be written and published based on results from this project.

The Request for Proposals – including specific information on the types of programs funded, eligibility, requirements, and more can be found here.

Key dates:

  • All proposals should be submitted by email to info@togetherforhealth.org no later than 6pm EST on Friday, October 29th.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, November 22nd.

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