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RFA Listing Overview

University Research Co., LLC (URC) will announce and post Requests for Applications (RFAs) on this section of the TRAction web site. TRAction will not accept or consider unsolicited proposals or applications. Posted RFAs will provide all instructions for the submission of study applications. Applications that meet requirements will be reviewed by a Technical Evaluation Panel that will award sub-agreements to successful applicants.

Below are the listings of upcoming and current RFAs, RFAs that are currently under review and previously awarded RFAs (including links to information on sub-awardees and the progress of their studies).

 

Category: Previously Awarded

Awarded to:
  • Universitas Indonesia
The TRAction Project/URC, in partnership with USAID/Indonesia and the Ministry of Health of Indonesia, is issuing this Request for Applications (RFA) to invite proposals to support implementation of a second round of this study in one of the two original districts in Banten to assess how maternal mortality has changed over time and to refine and update the methodology and toolkit for future use in Indonesia. It is also expected that a draft set of tools will be developed and piloted to measure newborn mortality.
Questions Due: Thursday, February 25, 2016 Applications Due: Thursday, March 10, 2016 Date Awarded: June 2016
Awarded to:
  • University of California, San Francisco and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • Carolina Population Center at University of North Carolina and Access Project-Rwanda
  • Kintampo Health Research Centre and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) and the USAID|TRAction Project have jointly released a Request For Applications (RFA) on ‘Evaluating Sustained Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels’. This joint call seeks proposals to study the motivators and barriers to sustained adoption of clean cooking technologies.
Date Awarded: July 2015
Awarded to:
  • International Rescue Committee, Inc. (IRC)
  • Malaria Consortium UK
The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund research that will assess the safety of CHW-advised expectant management at home of non-severe febrile illness in children aged 2 months to 5 years, in which no source of fever can be identified (i.e., malaria RDT-negative, no diarrhea, no cough/fast breathing, no rash or skin problems). Results of this research will be broadly shared to inform potential modification of current iCCM guidelines.
Date Awarded: April 2015
Awarded to:
  • Emory University
  • Ifakara Health Institute
  • World Vision
  • Population Council
  • Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Reductions in maternal and newborn mortality require use of quality and respectful skilled care, mostly at the facility level.  However, women and families often delay accessing skilled care for a variety of reasons. Identification of potentially life-threatening complications as well as timely and appropriate care seeking is essential to increase use of skilled care.
Date Awarded: December 2014
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The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund research that will more fully characterize the relative health impact (i.e., diarrheal diseases, Soil Transmitted Helminth infections, and anthropometric measures in children) of sanitation coverage in areas marked by high population densities compared to those with lower population densities. Results of this research will be shared with national decision-makers, program implementers, researchers, and other stakeholders to promote learning and inform the targeting of sanitation interventions.
Date Awarded: August 2014
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TRAction is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) for the development of descriptive case studies that explore the implementation and/or scale-up of innovative targeting interventions to improve equity in access and utilization of maternal, newborn, and child health services. The purpose of the case studies is to document how increases in district level access, coverage, and utilization of quality services were achieved, or how obstacles or challenges hindered the success of the intervention.
Date Awarded: December 2013
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The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund research involving the secondary analysis of data that will more fully characterize the relative health impact (i.e., diarrheal diseases, STH infections, and anthropometric measures in children) of sanitation coverage in areas marked by high population densities compared to those with lower population densities.
Date Awarded: October 2013
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The purpose of this research is to compare, under conditions of universal coverage in a President's Malaria Initiative focus country, the impact on malaria transmission of employing indoor residual spraying alongside insecticide-treated wall liners to the impact of using long-lasting insecticide-treated nets alone.
Date Awarded: July 2013
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The purpose of this research is to design and implement product promotion and a distribution system, using a social marketing approach for a micronutrient supplement in Ghana to achieve maximum coverage among the target population consisting of children aged 6-24 months residing in households at the lower end of the economic scale.
Date Awarded: January 2013
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The purpose of this research is to identify and address the barriers and challenges to scaling-up task shifting approaches to expand access and utilization of essential MNCH services.  MNCH policy makers, planners and managers of services in low income countries need information on effective methods to determine the need for, plan, design, implement, evaluate and scale-up task shifting efforts to improve the availability of human resources for MNCH -- particularly in hard to reach geographical areas and in communities with low social and economic status.
Date Awarded: November 2012
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This request for applications (RFA) is addressing the question of how PBF schemes can contribute to improving the quality of obstetric and newborn care (EONC) in developing countries.  Quality for the purposes of this research is defined as encompassing health worker compliance with national norms of care, improving outcomes of care, and meeting the needs and expectations of clients.
Date Awarded: May 2012
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With the overall goal of generating widespread improvements in indoor air quality in developing countries with high burdens of related mortality (mainly child mortality from pneumonia but also deaths of women from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), the purpose of this solicitation is to fund implementation research that will develop, test and evaluate state-of-the-art behavior change interventions for the acquisition and/or appropriate use of improved cookstoves.
Date Awarded: August 2011
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The purpose of this implementation research is to work in partnership with current integrated community case management (iCCM) programs to develop and test program strategies that will optimize program performance. Implementation research can help develop policy, design programs, analyze barriers, develop and evaluate solutions for these barriers, improve program performance (including logistics, access, quality and impact), and facilitate program scale up and sustainability.
Date Awarded: April 2011
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The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to develop and validate in three countries a simple model that can be used as a tool by program planners and managers to rapidly assess the costs and financing of iCCM introduction and expansion in developing country settings with different levels of iCCM experience. 
Date Awarded: March 2011
Awarded to:
  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease (ICDDR,B)
This request for applications (RFA) rmust provide research strategies to help close the gaps in the following areas in the Bangladesh; maternal health, newborn and child health, nutrition reproductive health and family planning, and tuberculosis.
Date Awarded: February 2011
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The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to conduct implementation research in one or more developing countries that will be aimed at designing, testing and evaluating an approach to significantly reduce disrespectful and abusive care of women during labor and delivery in facilities.
Date Awarded: February 2011
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The request for applications (RFA) is soliciting applications to conduct operational research to determine the efficacy of combined and/or complementary use of IRS and LLINs for malaria vector control in areas where malaria transmission has been reduced. 
Date Awarded: July 2010
The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund research that will evaluate the USAID|Malawi Performance Based Incentives (PBI) pilot scheme. The ultimate goal of this research is to evaluate the performance of this pilot scheme as implemented by the Support for Service Delivery Integration Project and compare it to stated PBI objectives and provide insights into whether or not the USAID PBI model should benefit from continued funding, or if alternatively, resources could be better invested in quality improvement or capital investments alone.
Questions Due: Monday, March 30, 2015 Applications Due: Monday, April 13, 2015
TRAction is interested in developing a landscape document showing where Results Based Financing (RBF) and Quality of Care (QoC) projects have been implemented, exist or are planned.  This panorama, as well as a series of selected case studies might be presented at upcoming events which focus on RBF, improving the quality of health care services, including maternal, neonatal and child health services. This award will develop background material focusing on RBF and QoC to be circulated and presented.
Applications Due: Monday, March 9, 2015
The purpose of this research is to conduct an evaluation of the coverage achieved through the product promotion and distribution system of a micronutrient supplement in Ghana, using a social marketing approach to reach the target population consisting of children aged 6-24 months residing in households at the lower end of the economic scale.