Closed: May 24,2018
Type: alliance

The Alliance believes that building a strong evidence base is critical to adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels at scale. As part of this effort, the Alliance will be supporting efforts to fill in key gaps in the existing evidence base on the potential health impact of different stove and fuel options. 

Approximately 3 billion people around the world use open fires or traditional stoves with solid fuels, such as wood, charcoal, dung, crop residues, and coal, for cooking and heating their homes. Open fires and traditional stoves emit pollutants that contribute to household air pollution (HAP). Exposure to HAP is a risk factor for a range of serious chronic and acute health effects, including pneumonia, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease. 

It is clear that there are high levels of pollutant emissions from traditional cooking practices, and that exposure to household air pollution is an important risk factor for health; however, the relationship between cookstove emissions and personal exposure is not well characterized. 

Lower emission cooking technologies and fuels are available, and the Alliance seeks to further elucidate the relationship between emissions and exposure for the highest performing stove and fuel types, and how that relationship is impacted by the adoption, user behaviors, kitchen size and ventilation, and other relevant factors. Specifically, the Alliance seeks to better define the relationship between cookstove emissions of and personal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) for the lowest emission solid biomass stoves and fuels currently available on the market that have the potential to significantly displace traditional cooking technologies. 

These efforts will help better estimate the health benefits of scaling up cleaner, low PM2.5 emission cooking. The data and models provided will be used to support policy decisions, strengthen standards, and may provide model-based methods to estimate changes in risk due to reduced emissions, decreasing the need for costly personal exposure monitoring.

Interested applicants must respond to this RFP using the UNOPS eSourcing system, via the UNGM portal. In order to access the full UNOPS tender details, request clarifications on the tender, and submit a response to a tender using the system, applicants need to be registered as a UNOPS vendor at the UNGM portal and be logged into UNGM. For guidance on how to register on UNGM and submit responses to UNOPS tenders in the UNOPS eSourcing system, please refer to the user guide and other resources available at:

The full RFP can be found here.

Deadline for proposals submissions: All proposals must be submitted by May 24, 2018.