3ie is calling for proposals to implement pilot interventions and conduct impact evaluations of those interventions for generating robust evidence on what works for increasing the demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV prevention in 14 priority countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
3ie expects to fund at least eight and possibly more grants for amounts up to $200,000 under its Thematic Window 3 (TW3) - the theme is interventions for increasing the demand for voluntary medical male circumcision.
Deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT May 31, 2013.
For more information on this call and how to apply, please read TW3 Request for Proposals (61.2 KB)
To help inform proposals for TW3, 3ie has published a scoping report on Interventions for Increasing the Demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision. The report provides an overview of the interventions implemented in 14 sub-Saharan African countries to increase uptake of medical male circumcision and the available evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions.
Download report (404.7 KB)
3ie has published the answers to questions received from potential applicants.
For reading the questions and answers, please see the TW3 Q&A. (108.2 KB)
To date, three randomised controlled trials along with numerous observational studies provide evidence that male circumcision reduces HIV acquisition by approximately 60 per cent for men.
However, despite several initiatives to increase the prevalence of male circumcision in these countries, the progress has been modest. While there are still supply constraints in some areas, the evidence suggests that many of the remaining barriers to achieving high male circumcision prevalence may be on the demand side.
3ie, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is implementing this TW3 grants programme for piloting and testing demand-side innovations for male circumcision.
At a glance
- 3ie expects to fund at least eight and possibly more grants for amounts up to $200,000.
- Each grant will fund one project, and each project will combine both the implementation of the pilot intervention and the conduct of the impact evaluation.
- A team applying for a grant may include multiple organisations (for example, one organization that will implement the pilot programme and one organization that will conduct the impact evaluation)
- A single organisation must apply for the grant as the prime grantee and then issue sub-awards to other team members.
- It is not required, however, that teams include multiple organizations.
- Organisations may submit more than one proposal and may be included on more than one proposal.
For more information, please read TW3 Request for Proposals (61.2 KB)