A new toolkit for use in preparing Round 10 proposals contains information on how countries can use funding from the Global Fund to support health systems strengthening (HSS) activities. It also contains information on technical support providers that are available to assist applicants in developing proposals that address HSS.
When preparing their proposals for Round 10, applicants will need to work closely with community
organisations and actors to identify which community system strengthening interventions need to be funded. This is one of the key messages contained in "Community Systems Strengthening Framework," an 81-page document released by the Global Fund when it released its Round 10 documents on 20 May 2010.
The Technical Review Panel (TRP) has been provided with a "gender criteria checklist" for use in reviewing Round 10 proposals. The checklist, which was prepared by the Global Fund's gender equality unit, is designed to help the TRP assess the gender-related components of submitted proposals.
The Global Fund has produced 17 information notes to assist Round 10 applicants.
Twelve of the Information Notes are new for Round 10. The following is a list of these documents, with brief explanations of the contents:
Failure to comply with any of the eligibility requirements may lead to a Round 10 proposal being categorised as ineligible by the Global Fund Secretariat. Ineligible proposals will not be forwarded to the Technical Review Panel (TRP) for review.
The English version of Volume 2 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund" is now available at www.aidspan.org/guides. "Volume 2 - The Applications Process and Proposal Form" contains details on the Round 10 applications process and provides guidance on filling out the proposal form.
Volume 2 of <i>"The Aidspan Guide to Round 10Applications"</i> Will Be Available Very Shortly
Aidspan will issue the English version of Volume 2 of "The Aidspan Guide to Round 10 Applications to the Global Fund" within the next few days. French-, Spanish- and Russian-language versions should be available about two weeks after that.
As mentioned in Article 1, Round 10 applicants from countries that have concentrated HIV/AIDS epidemics within "most-at-risk populations" (MARPs) have the option of applying for funding specifically for MARPs under a new funding stream.
As mentioned in Article 1, Round 10 applicants have the option of submitting a consolidated proposal, instead of a regular proposal, if they are eligible and ready to transition to a single stream of funding.
The Global Fund's 10th round of funding was launched yesterday (20 May 2010). Applications must be submitted by 20 August 2010. Thus, applicants will have three months to prepare their proposals, one month less than in recent rounds.