WASHPaLS is a 5-year project that supports USAID’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality in children under the age of five as part of the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD) initiative by ensuring USAID programming employs high-impact, evidence-based WASH interventions. The project will identify and share best practices in achieving sustainability, scale, and impact by generating evidence around sanitation and hygiene programming paradigms, including the effectiveness of behavioral and market-oriented approaches to sanitation necessary to eliminate open defecation and accelerate investment in durable facilities, while also focusing on measures to disrupt pathways of fecal exposure to infants and young children (IYC). Specifically, the following three core topical areas of research are being pursued, encompassing desk studies and field research to identify and fill gaps in the evidence base.

1.   In-depth examination and analysis of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS);

2.   Exploration of market-based sanitation (MBS) approaches; and

3.   Design and implementation of field research to improve hygienic environments for IYC.

Tapping into broad coalitions and dynamic partnerships, WASHPaLS will engage with national and global stakeholders to generate and use evidence to influence best practices. WASHPaLS research protocols, small grants and technical assistance will consider the differential circumstances and opportunities for women and men, and girls and boys that influence sustainable access to sanitation and the adoption of hygienic behaviors, and must be responsive to and embedded within local systems.


The WASHPaLS Grant program contributes to the project’s learning agenda by supporting grantees to investigate innovative ideas in programming for the adoption of key hygiene behaviors. Over the life of the project and through several rounds of solicitations WASHPaLS expects to award at least 10 grants to investigate the effectiveness of innovative approaches to improving and sustaining hygiene behaviors.   

The objective of this initial round of grants is to support learning related to the application of habit formation and GESI principles to hygiene behavior change (HBC). Applicants must specify which of the two areas their EOI addresses. EOIs may be for new stand-alone activities or for activities that build-on or complement on-going projects. For purposes of this REOI, HBC refers to those behaviors that link directly to diarrheal disease and mortality and morbidity of children under age five in the household, including:  (1) safe disposal of adult and child feces; (2) handwashing with soap; (3) safe drinking water management; and (4) food hygiene.  Future grant solicitations, while still focused on HBC, are more likely to directly support the project’s three core areas of research and the in-country implementation of research activities.



The following types of entities are eligible for an award under this solicitation:

·         Non-U.S. NGOs – either non-profit or for profit organizations not affiliated with a foreign government that meet the definition in 2 CFR 200.47 (profit cannot be charged to a grant)

·         U.S. entities or non-profit organizations that meet the definitions in 2 CFR 200.69 and 200.70

·         Private foundations and universities 

Each Applicant must be determined to be a responsible entity before receiving an award. WASHPaLS will review all potential grant recipients to determine their ability to manage USAID awards. Organizations that have not previously received USAID funding are encouraged to apply though they must have a strong capacity for and past experience of managing donor funds. Each applicant must: 

·         Possess and apply a system of internal controls that safeguard assets and protect against fraud, waste, and conflicts of interest; 

·         Possess sound managerial, technical and institutional capacities to achieve project results; 

·         Possess financial accountability and maintain detailed records of all expenses; 

·         Be in good standing with all civil and fiscal authorities;  

·         Be willing to sign applicable assurances and certifications if the EOI is selected to proceed to the next round and the applicant is asked to submit a full application (listed in Section 2 above); 

·         Be legally registered in the country in which it operates; 

·         Be willing to register in the SAM and maintain registration for the life of the project;

·         Provide a valid DUNS number with its full application or show verification that it has registered and is pending receipt of a DUNS number (if the applicant does not have a DUNS Number or a SAM registration, the WASHPaLS Grant Manager may assist the organization in registering or obtaining one), and: 

·         Not have a negative determination on the SAM, UN 1267 or OFAC Blocked Persons Lists.


The following organizations are not eligible for WASHPaLS grant funding:

·         Any entity which is a “private voluntary organization” (“PVO”) that has not registered as such with USAID;

·         Political parties and their subsidiaries or affiliates;

·         Organizations that have been found with a negative determination on the SAM, UN 1267 or OFAC Blocked Persons Lists;

·         Organizations that promote or engage in illegal activities or anti-democratic activities;

·         Faith-based organizations that are not in compliance with ADS 303.3.6.4.m, which is in accordance with Executive Order 13279, Equal Protection for the Laws of Faith-based Community Organizations;

·         Any entity affiliated with Tetra Tech, its officers, directors, or employees, or WASHPaLS subcontractors;

·         Any Public International Organization (PIO)

·         In accordance with the Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations (ADS 303maa) and Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations (ADS 303mab) any organization which performs or actively promotes abortion as a method of family planning in a foreign country or provides financial support to any other foreign non-governmental organization that conducts such activities. 

·         Applications from individuals will not be considered for award. 

How to Apply

Download the following document for detailed TORs:

Call for Expressions of Interest

Eligible Applicants should submit an EOI following the format provided in Attachment A. EOIs should not exceed (3) three pages (not including the cover page) and must contain the information requested in Attachment A. EOIs that do not follow the format provided or are late will not be evaluated.

Applicants may submit multiple EOIs in response to this REOI under one or both focus areas, but no more than one EOI per organization will be recommended for preparation of a full application. 


Applications must be submitted electronically in English by the date indicated on the cover page of the REOI. They should be directed to:

Attention:       Ms. Amy Kirk WASHPaLS Grants Manager Email:   

Please insert the following text into the subject line of the submission email: WASHPaLS EOI-001.