Network for Global Governance Research on Infectious Diseases (Letter of Intent)

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


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Memorial Deadline: Thursday 20th, September 2018

External Deadline: Tuesday 25th, September 2018


Competition 201809NGG (Step 1: Letter of Intent) 201906NGR (Step 2: Full Application)
Application Deadline 2018-09-25 2019-06-06
Anticipated Notice of Decision 2018-12-18 2019-10-03
Funding Start Date 2018-12-01 2019-09-01

The CIHR Network for Global Governance Research on Infectious Diseases grant represents the Canadian contribution to the broader international network for social science research on infectious diseases. In partnering to launch this funding opportunity, CIHR-IPPH and CIHR-III hope to support researchers in Canada to undertake world-class social science research related to infectious diseases and to help the EC-funded hub to lead the budding international network for social science research on infectious diseases.

The overall goal is to build and sustain collaborations across the range of social sciences currently studying the global governance arrangements, institutions and structures working to prevent, detect, manage and respond to infectious diseases. These efforts are ultimately intended to support effective global governance systems related to infectious diseases; that is, the Network for Global Governance Research on Infectious Diseases is intended to ensure that the world is better prepared to respond to infectious disease threats and related challenges. In the future, efforts by the Network will hopefully contribute to global policy decisions and governance, ideally working with international agencies like the World Health Organization and others.

The application process for the Network Grant: Global Governance Research on Infectious Diseases will consist of two stages: a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Full Application. Applicants who are successful at the LOI stage will receive a development grant to further develop and strengthen their ideas into full proposals for the network grant. Funds from the development grant will also be used to support the attendance of the two co-leads and at least two additional key colleagues at an application strengthening workshop, which will take place in February 2019. The purpose of this workshop is two-fold: (1) to provide applicants with an opportunity to discuss ways of working together to form the best possible network in Canada; and (2) to elaborate opportunities for collaborating with and supporting international agencies like the World Health Organization.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support the development of interdisciplinary research networks for global governance research on infectious diseases. Illustrative examples of research areas that could possibly be addressed by the network include:

  • Evaluating the current capacity of international laws, regulations and agencies to address emerging infectious disease preparedness.
  • Identifying best practices and lessons learned for enabling, coordinating, and supporting global efforts to prevent the spread of infectious diseases across borders and mitigating their spread during public health emergencies of international concern.
  • Assessing the economic, social, ethical, cultural, and political barriers to global collaboration on infectious diseases and opportunities for strengthening such collaboration in ways that advance health equity for all.
  • Designing future global governance arrangements, structures, and institutions that foster the discovery of new innovations across sectors and ensure their equitable distribution.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2 million enough to fund one grant. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount is $500,000 per year for up to 4 fiscal years for a total of $2 million.
  • Development grants of up to $25,000 for one year per grant will be offered, if requested, to successful applicants at the LOI stage. The total amount available at the LOI stage is $100,000, enough to fund four development grants.

For additional program details, please visit CIHR’s website.

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 9, 2018