African Health Initiative

Phase 1: Grant-making Process

PHIT Partnership Selection Process

The PHIT Partnerships were selected using a three-stage competitive review process.

  • The foundation first issued an open call for letters of interest from teams working in nine target countries.
  • Following an expert review of the 137 letters of interest received, the foundation invited 29 teams to submit proposals for planning grants of up to $150,000 each. Eleven teams received planning grants following a second expert review process.
  • During the third and final stage, members of the African Health Initiative's Advisory Council and other experts in epidemiology, health economics and statistics reviewed each planning grant team's proposal on the following criteria: 1) potential to significantly strengthen the local health system and improve health; 2) strength and quality of the team; 3) presence of local leadership; 4) alignment with local and national activities; 5) ability to build on existing programs; and 6) innovation and potential for replication.

Based on the recommendations of the expert reviewers and availability of DDCF funds, the foundation selected five teams from four institutions to receive grants ranging from $8 million to $15 million each over five to seven years.

The African Health Initiative does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.