The Human Development Innovation Fund seeks Innovations in Health in Tanzania

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a five year, £30m United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) challenge fund programme managed by a GRM International‐led consortium in Tanzania. HDIF is a competitive challenge fund which provides grants to organisations driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania.

With a focus on private sector actors and the effective utilization of public private partnerships, HDIF seeks to catalyse the development, testing, and scaling of innovative models of service delivery, information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), and product solutions in health, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). HDIF defines innovation primarily as “the use of approaches for the first time, or new ways of applying ideas, technologies or ways of doing things, in a country.”

HDIF seeks to fund private sector organizations to implement innovative projects in seven results areas. 

In health, HDIF seeks innovations that:

  • Increase child survival
  • Improve health systems management
  • Improve health services using low cost approaches


Who is Eligible?

Private Sector

HDIF focuses on private sector solutions and engagement, therefore for the purposes of this CfP applicants may include: for‐profit and not‐for‐profit companies, social enterprises, civil society organisations, public private partnerships, non‐governmental organisations, quasi government institutions, charities or societies, faith‐based organizations, community‐based organizations, academic institutions, and research institutes involved in or interested in finding solutions to improve access to and quality of services for the poor.



This Call for Proposals is open to local and international organizations as described above. Because HDIF is focused on fostering local innovations for the benefit of Tanzanians, all applicants must show that their proposed activities will be implemented in Tanzania and international organisations are encouraged to work in partnership with local organisations to show sustainability and scalability.


Deadlines and Procedures

This Call for Proposals (CfP) is the First Round funding within HDIF. Funding for this CfP will be disbursed over a period of up to 4 years. During this funding round, HDIF is funding projects of up to £400,000 (~$684,000) each that are either:

·         Pilot grants – Testing new ideas and approaches

·         Scale Up grants – Scaling ideas and approaches for which there is more evidence derived through prior or current pilots or implementation in or outside of Tanzania

Funds will be disbursed in the form of an “accountable grant,” the terms of which will be formalised in a grant agreement or contract. To apply visit

Completed concept notes should be submitted by applicants directly through the online platform at applications@hdif‐ before 31 August 2014 at 05:00 PM East Africa time.


For more details, please visit the HDIF website at http://www.hdif‐ or submit questions to cfpqueries@hdif‐ The last date for submission of any questions for clarifications is 18 July 2014.