The Global Fund Board has approved funding for 31 Round 9 proposals that had been recommended by the Technical Review Panel (TRP), but for which funding was not formally approved at the Board's in-person meeting in November 2009.
Aidspan, publisher of GFO, has released a new report on "Key Strengths of Rounds 8 and 9 Proposals to the Global Fund." The purpose of this report, which is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian, is to provide information to Global Fund applicants on key attributes of a strong proposal.
According to the Global Fund's Technical Review Panel (TRP), performance frameworks included in proposals submitted to the Fund continue to be inadequate. This is one of the observations contained in the "Report of the Technical Review Panel and the Secretariat on Round 9 Proposals," a document that was submitted to the recent Global Fund Board meeting in Addis Ababa.
The "first learning wave" of a new Global Fund funding stream, National Strategy Applications (NSAs), was recently completed. NSAs involve submitting a national disease strategy itself - rather than a Global Fund-specific proposal form - as the primary basis of the application for Global Fund financing.
After conducting its detailed review of Round 8 proposals, the Global Fund's Technical Review Panel (TRP) has recommended that the Global Fund Board approve grants that, over their first two years, will cost in excess of three billion dollars. This makes Round 8 nearly three times the size, in dollar terms, of any previous round of Global Fund grants.
The main decisions made by the Global Fund Board at the meeting that ended yesterday were, in chronological order, as follows. (For precise wording of what the Board agreed, check in
www.theglobalfund.org/documents/board/17/GF-B17-DecisionPoints.pdf for the Decision Points specified below.)
As it does for each round of funding, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) has identified a number of issues with respect to the Round 7 applications and review process, and has made several recommendations to the Global Fund (and others) that could lead to changes in future rounds.
The Technical Review Panel (TRP) has completed its evaluation of the Round Three proposals, and has sent its recommendations to the board. The board will make its decisions at its October 15-17 meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand.