Request for Applications: Pathogens Pathway Study for Children under two years old in Southeastern Madagascar

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In many locations around the globe, there are populations that struggle daily with access to clean drinking water and facilities that support proper sanitation and hygiene. Poverty, weak government systems, and acute or chronic crises all create and exacerbate the WASH challenges vulnerable people face. In many circumstances, the development community and the beneficiaries we work alongside know what is needed, but the solution to the WASH problem remains out of reach due to cost or is unlikely to be sustainable because of social-cultural barriers or other challenges within the broader enabling environment.

PRO-WASH is calling on the WASH community – non-governmental organizations, research institutions, private-sector firms—to see where we can bring proven practices together with new research, innovative technologies, creative policies, and other approaches to develop affordable, sustainable solutions to meet the WASH needs of the vulnerable populations assisted by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) programming.  

This RFA is designed to provide innovative, context-specific research on strategies for interrupting fecal-oral transmission and reduce overall environmental contamination for BHA partners in Southeastern Madagascar. The resulting strategy from this RFA will be critical to supporting implementing partners to be able to validate which transmission pathways are most important in the specific context of Madagascar and to begin the process of piloting potentially promising, multi-sectoral WASH interventions. 

Application Requirements

Along with requested supporting documents, all applicants shall submit a detailed proposal narrative that outlines the applicants’ understanding of the context and key challenges of the region and provides a comprehensive overview of the proposed approach to data collection for this pathogen transmission study. Save the Children will fund one award under this RFA up to $150,000 USD for a study period of up to six months beginning in August 2020.

For more details about this request for applications, please refer to the documents below:

Request for Applications (RFA): Pathogens Pathway Study for Children under two years old in Southeastern Madagascar
Attachment 1: Application Template
Attachment 2: Detailed Budget Template
Attachment 3: Budget Narrative
Attachment 4: USAID Standard Provisions for FAAs for NGO

Submission Deadline

Submissions are due by 5 PM ET on August 12, 2020. Applications (to include proposal and detailed budget) must be submitted electronically to


The question and answer period for this RFA is now closed. Click here to access the Q&A document. 


Resourcing for this sub-award is provided through PRO-WASH, a five-year USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded activity that aims to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of WASH practices across all BHA-funded development and emergency food security activities. PRO-WASH works to improve the impact, sustainability, and scalability of BHA’s programming in WASH through activities focused on knowledge sharing, capacity-strengthening, and capturing best practices in WASH programming.

*PRO-WASH, Save the Children Federation, and/or USAID reserves the right to modify or cancel any planned or released RFAs.

Save the Children / Charlie Forgham-Bailey