Requests for Proposals (RFP) in Nutrition

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Title: Alive & Thrive: Reducing avoidable death and disability due to sub-optimal infant and young child feeding.

RFP Number: GH-IHSD-2008-01

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invites letters of inquiry (LOI) from qualified organizations to reduce avoidable death and disability due to sub-optimal infant and young child feeding.


The foundation recognizes that no single organization will be able to provide comprehensive expertise across the diverse scope of activities proposed.

Therefore, the foundation is seeking fully integrated proposals through partnerships or consortia to complete the proposed program of work.

Institutional arrangements may be among organizations with proven track records in:

1. A lead organization with the ability to coordinate the entire program of work, ensuring technical rigor and timely implementation and reporting on progress and impact.

2. A public affairs organization with a proven track record of success in evidence based, time-limited, campaign-style communications, and demonstrated sophistication in activating support from government, policymakers, and other high level decision-makers.

3. A university and/or other recognized global organization(s) with demonstrated operations research, IYCF monitoring and evaluation capability, and proven track record of success at disseminating results through peer-reviewed publication.

4. Organizations with private sector partnership experience, including marketing and/or social marketing for infant and young child nutrition interventions.

The number of organizations included in the partnerships or consortia formed to respond to this solicitation will not be dictated by this RFP.

However, each application should have demonstrated capability to execute all four program components. Organizations from the developing world are strongly encouraged to apply and to be included as full partners in submitted proposals.

On the basis of review of the LOI, up to three organizations/consortia will be invited to submit a full proposal. Submission of a full proposal will be by invitation only.

The Alive & Thrive program may be allocated up to U.S. $80 million over 5 years, with a program review after 3 years.

If you intend to apply, you are required to send a notice of your intent to apply by March 31.

This will help the foundation gauge interest in this solicitation and inform potential applicants of any modifications or clarifications.

Please send notification to: NutritionRFP[at]

For further details, and application materials, contact: Requests for Proposals in Nutrition

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