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UNITAID Call For Proposals: Expediting Access To HIV Self-Testing In Low & Middle Income Countries


UNITAID is pleased to announce its new call for proposals for the area of intervention: Expediting Access to HIV Self-Testing in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC).

UNITAID is engaged in finding new ways to prevent, treat and diagnose HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively.  It takes game-changing ideas and turns them into practical solutions that can help accelerate the end of the three diseases. UNITAID plays an important part in the global effort to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, by facilitating and speeding up the availability of improved health tools, including medicines and diagnostics.

UNITAID identifies health solutions that show promise and invests in them to establish their viability so that partner organisations can then make them widely available.

HIV self-testing (HIVST) provides a platform to reach more first-time testers and facilitate frequent re-testing, particularly among those with high ongoing risk who are not reached by current testing methods.

UNITAID is looking to establish more effective HIV testing strategies for underserved people in LMICs. It seeks to do this by supporting supply side interventions and demand generation with the overall goal of substantially increasing HIV testing rates particularly in underserved populations.

Program Interventions

Interventions are needed to:

  • stimulate demand,
  • drive widespread adoption of HIV self-testing at scale through various delivery models.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant(s) may be:

  • A public or private entity / institution / organization.
  • A consortium: a group of public and/or private entities / institutions / organizations with one entity / institution or organization acting as the Lead Organization (“LO”), The LO shall assume responsibility, for the project presented in the proposal and shall be the sole signatory of any subsequent legal agreement with UNITAID setting out the terms and conditions of a grant. The LO will be exclusively responsible for undertaking all negotiations and discussions with UNITAID and shall ultimately remain responsible for all results and deliverables under the legal agreement, including those to be accomplished by other consortium members.
  • UNITAID can provide grants to NGOs. All UNITAID implementers must demonstrate their established capacity to manage their project.

How to Apply

If you intend to submit a proposal, please complete and send the [intention to submit (ISP) form DOC, 30 KB] to by 17 February 2017.

The closing date for receipt of full proposals is 31 March 2017, at 12:00 noon Geneva (Switzerland) time. Applications received past the indicated deadline will not be considered.

N.B. A proposal is considered submitted only once you receive an e-mail message of confirmation of receipt from UNITAID.

Proposals, including all annexes, should be submitted electronically to A full proposal consists of the following documents:

  • Proposal form with scanned version of signed Front page [template DOC, 130 KB]
  • Annex 1: Log frame [template XLS, 50 KB]
  • Annex 2: Timeline GANTT chart [template XLS, 35 KB]
  • Annex 3: Budget details [template XLS, 20 KB]
  • Annex 4: Organizational details and CVs of key team members [no template]
  • Annex 5: Support Letters (not mandatory) [no template]
  • Annex 6: Declaration of relevant interest  [no template]
  • Annex 7: Applicable ethics, anti-discrimination and environmental policies [no template]
  • Annex 8: Declaration regarding tobacco entities [no template]

Please note that UNITAID email system accepts messages up to 8 MB in size. For submissions exceeding this size, please consider splitting attachments in several messages.

Your proposal and potential queries receive personal attention: submitting your application at least a day before the deadline allows providing feedback on its completeness. You will receive answers to your queries at any one stage of the application review process. Please send your queries to Grant Application Manager at

After assessment of the proposals and endorsement by the UNITAID Board all applicants will be officially notified as to whether they will be invited to develop a full grant agreement for UNITAID funding.

You will find further guidance in the UNITAID proposal process document [PDF, 100 KB].

For more information, please visit Official UNITAID Call for Proposals.

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