Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

Gates Foundation – Icosavax, COVID-19 Vaccine Grant Agreement

  • Equitable Access | Access plans & principles


You will conduct and manage the Project and the Funded Developments in a manner that ensures Global Access. Your Global Access commitments will survive the term of this Agreement. “Funded Developments” means the products, services, processes, technologies, materials, software, data, other innovations, and intellectual property resulting from the Project (including modifications, improvements, and further developments to Background Technology). “Background Technology” means any and all products, services, processes, technologies, materials, software, data, or other innovations, and intellectual property created by You or a third party prior to or outside of the Project used as part of the Project. “Global Access” means: (a) the knowledge and information gained from the Project will be promptly and broadly disseminated; and (b) the Funded Developments will be made available and accessible at an affordable price (i) to people most in need within developing countries, or (ii) in support of the U.S. educational system and public libraries, as applicable to the Project. 


To further define Your Global Access commitments, You are required to complete a Global Access Strategy and any other Global Access activities and documentation listed in the Reporting & Payment Schedule. The Global Access Strategy should address the following concepts with respect to all Funded Developments: (a) identification of Background Technology at the outset of the Project and any Funded Developments created during the Project and specific strategies to ensure access to such Funded Developments and Background Technology; (b) agreements and/or procedures for transfers of materials and data among Project Collaborators or third parties relevant to the Project; (c) reporting processes for the creation of Funded Developments to both the Project management team and to the Foundation as well as the publishing and dissemination of the knowledge and information gained from the Project; (d) strategies to secure, manage and allocate intellectual property rights associated with the Funded Developments or Background Technology in a way that ensures Global Access while providing incentives for future potential private sector participation; and (e) anticipated development, commercialization and sustainability strategies during and after the Project to ensure that Global Access can be met. 

You may not materially change the plans and strategies contained in any Global Access documents after they have been approved by the Foundation without the Foundation’s prior written approval. You will provide the Foundation with updates to the Global Access Strategy during each year of the Project describing any new or modified approaches with respect to Funded Developments and Background Technology, and related agreements, taking into account any new product, technology, and commercialization developments and/or market information. “Global Access Strategy” means a written document, subject to the Foundation’s approval, describing how You intend to achieve Global Access given the particular circumstances of the Project. “Project Collaborators” means all current and future subgrantees, subcontractors, partners, agents, affiliates, or other parties who provide any input to the Project.