Thematic Window HIV Self-Testing, Kenya

3ie is pleased to announce three awards under phase 2 of its second Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in the Republic of Kenya.

To know more about the studies being funded under phase 2 of this grant window, click here.

This request for proposals (RFP) was part of phase 2 of this grant window. Under phase 1, 3ie commissioned six formative research studies to define the local environment surrounding HIV self-testing in Kenya. These reports are available to download here

The pilot programmes must be interventions meant to use HIV oral self-tests to increase testing rates generally and/or increase the frequency of testing among targeted populations. The impact evaluations of the pilot programmes funded under this grant window will produce robust and actionable evidence on how to safely and effectively promote HIV oral self-testing as an additional HIV testing option in the Republic of Kenya.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please download the Request for Proposals (335.8 KB)

This call is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 7 July 2014.

The deadline for questions regarding this RFP was 3 June 2014. For some frequently asked questions read the FAQ document (144.5 KB)

The answers to the submitted questions are published in the TW2 Q&A document (149.1 KB)

At a glance

  • 3ie expected to fund two to three grants of about US$300,000. Each grant will fund one project, and each project will combine both the implementation of the intervention and the conduct of the impact evaluation.
  • The call was open to organisations implementing HIV and AIDS programmes in Kenya. For-profit organisations were also eligible to apply.
  • Each proposal must be submitted by a single organisation that may include others as sub-grantees or sub-contractors. Organisations may submit more than proposal.
  • While grant money can be used to fund the implementation, it is expected that most of the intervention will be funded using other resources. 3ie grant funding will be used for the impact evaluation and for adjustments or additions to current programming to facilitate the impact evaluation.
  • A team applying for a grant may include multiple organisations e.g., one organisation that will implement the pilot programme and one organization that will conduct the impact evaluation. But a single organisation must apply for the grant as the prime grantee and then issue sub-awards to other team members.
  • A single organisation may apply to implement both the programme and the impact evaluation, but will need to describe the steps taken for maintaining independence in their proposal.
  • All draft final reports are due no later than 31 December 2015.

How to apply

For instructions on how to apply, please read the Request for proposals and visit the How to Apply page to download requisite documents for your application. Any questions about this window or call for proposals should be sent to


The Kenyan government is a strong proponent of innovative methods for HIV prevention and treatment. The government has successfully implemented home-based HIV testing, and they are interested in research that will provide insights for the design of a HIV self-testing programme. With their experience and knowledge of HIV prevention programmes and the Kenyan context, NASCOP was a prime partner for this grant window.

HIV testing in Kenya has increased over the last 5 years. The 2012 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey reported that the percentage of people aged 15-64 who have ever been tested for HIV increased from 34 per cent in 2007 to 72 per cent (80 per cent for women, 63 per cent for men) in 2012, yet only 47 per cent of HIV positive individuals know their status (NASCOP, 2012). While different approaches including voluntary counselling and testing, provider-initiated counselling and testing, mobile testing, and home-based testing have been used to increase the uptake of HIV testing, coverage is still below the 80 per cent goal and many HIV positive individuals are still unaware of their HIV status. If HIV oral self-testing can overcome some of the barriers to seeking HIV testing, it could provide an option that could complement existing approaches.

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