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CEPI and BMGF: Request for Information on Rapid Response Platform Technologies for Epidemic Preparedness

CEPI and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation are launching a request for information (RfI) on rapid response vaccine and antibody technologies that could be used to address future emerging diseases.

We request information on technologies related to production of both vaccines and antibody therapeutics. The Request for Information (RFI) will be used to populate that landscape, as well as to influence the development of a Call for Proposals (CFP) by CEPI on rapid response platform technologies specifically for vaccine development. The CEPI CFP is anticipated to be issued in early June 2017.

Disease scope

The vaccine technology platforms should be suitable to be adapted to two or more of the WHO list of priority pathogens

How to respond to this RFI

All fields of the RFI template must be completed. The RfI should communicate the proposer’s concept/technology and prospects for clinical assessment and long term readiness capabilities of the technology. The total length of the concept should not exceed 5 pages using the template and format (including font size) provided. Submissions after the deadline or that exceed five pages will not be accepted. A guidance document for the RfI can be downloaded here.

Deadline: 3pm U.S. Pacific Standard Time on 24 April 2017.

Submit all documents directly to Your submission should include only a completed Concept Note. Other attachments, including cover letters and supplemental information will not be accepted or reviewed

Q&A teleconferences

  • Telecon #1: Thursday Mar. 30 at 4:00 p.m. PST (for Japan/Australia/Pacific rim/US West coast)
  • Telecon #2: Fri Mar. 31 at 8:00 a.m. PST (for Europe/Africa/US East coast)
  • Telecon #3: Mon. Apr. 10 at 8:00 a.m. PST (optional – for any final questions)

A list of toll free international phone numbers can be downloaded at the CEPI website. Participation code for the telefonferences is: 266 400 4063

Questions received through the RFI mailbox,, will be responded to in writing at the end of the week in which they are received. Responses will be aggregated and published in a Word document on the BMGF and CEPI websites.

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