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Table 5 Prime Partners and Sub-grantees

From: The impacts of the global gag rule on global health: a scoping review

A “prime partner” is an organization that receives U.S. funding directly from the U.S. government. Both U.S.-based NGOs and foreign NGOs can be prime partners. All U.S. funding and policy requirements are passed down from prime partners to their sub-grantees.
A “sub-grantee,” “sub-recipient,” or “sub-prime” is an organization that receives U.S. funding from a prime partner, rather than directly from the U.S. government. Sub-grantees are one step removed from a direct relationship with the U.S. government, and communications about their funding are filtered through the prime partner.