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Reminder Concerning Some of the New Features of Round 10
GFO Issue 127

Reminder Concerning Some of the New Features of Round 10


David Garmaise

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ABSTRACT A country that has a high poverty level and a high disease burden is no more likely to have its Round 10 proposal approved than in previous rounds. (Some countries have misunderstood this point.)

This articles summarises someof what’s new for Round 10, as an aide to people preparing proposals.

New prioritisation criteria

The Global Fund’s new prioritisation criteria will beinvoked only if there are insufficient funds to pay for all proposalsrecommended for funding by the TRP and approved by the Board. The newprioritisation criteria give less weight to technical merit and, therefore,more weight to poverty level and disease burden.

In Round 10, as in past rounds, the recommendations of theTechnical Review Panel (TRP) will be based solely on technical merit. The TRPwill not take into account poverty level and disease burden in decidingwhether to recommend a proposal for funding. Thus, a country that has a highpoverty level and a high disease burden is no more likely to have its Round 10proposal recommended for approval by the TRP than in previous rounds. (Somecountries have misunderstood this point.)

If there are insufficient funds to cover all approvedproposals, the approved proposals will be ranked according to the newprioritisation criteria. The proposals ranked highest will be funded first;other proposals will be funded as more money comes in. When prioritisationcriteria were used in past rounds, all approved proposals were eventuallyfunded. However, there is no guarantee that this will happen in Round 10. Itdepends on the total cost of the approved proposals and how much money theGlobal Fund is able to raise.

For more details, see “New Prioritisation Criteria,”in GFO 122, at

Consolidated disease proposals

Applicants have the option of submitting a consolidateddisease proposal in Round 10. A consolidated disease proposal is one in whichapplicants show the entirety of resource needs for that disease requested fromthe Global Fund during the (up to) five-year period covered by the proposal.While submitting a consolidated proposal is optional for Round 10, it willbecome mandatory in Round 11.

Consolidated proposals usually lead to the consolidation ofone or more existing grants with proposed new activities (should the proposalbe approved for funding). Because there is considerable work involved in thegrant consolidation process – and very little guidance from the Global Fund onhow to do it – Aidspan is recommending that applicants not submit aconsolidated proposal in Round 10 unless they have already being doingconsiderable work to prepare for grant consolidation.

For more details, see “Applicants Can Submit aConsolidated Proposal in Round 10,” in GFO 121, at

MARP proposals

In Round 10, for the first time, applicants from countriesthat have concentrated HIV/AIDS epidemics within “most-at-risk populations”(MARPs) have the option of applying for funding specifically for MARPs under anew funding stream. Applicants have to choose whether to submit a MARP proposalor a “regular” HIV/AIDS proposal; they cannot submit both types ofproposal in Round 10.

For more details, see “Applicants Can Submit a MARPProposal in Round 10,” in GFO 121, at

Need to fully meet eligibility requirements

Failure to comply with any of the eligibility requirementsmay lead to a Round 10 proposal being categorised as ineligible by the GlobalFund Secretariat. Ineligible proposals will not be forwarded to the TechnicalReview Panel (TRP) for review. The Global Fund Secretariat has warnedapplicants that because of the tight timelines for Round 10, if the Secretariathas to chase after applicants for documentation showing that they comply withthe requirements, applicants will have to respond to these requests within verystrict deadlines.

For more details, see “Applicants Reminded of theNeed to Fully Document Eligibility,” in GFO 125, at

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