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Pre-Announcement of call for proposals – Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program Phase II – 2022–2023 competition

August 15, 2022
IDRC, the Israel Science Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are pleased to announce the second research competition under Phase II of the Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program.
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Six grants worth up to CAD1.4 million each will be awarded to research teams led by Canadian, Israeli and low- and middle-income country investigators working collaboratively on the frontiers of biomedical sciences and global health. Teams will be supported for a period of up to four years. 

This second call is for proposals in the field of communicable diseases, with a particular focus on investigating underlying biological mechanisms and impacts on global health. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Discovery research to identify new pathogens and their distribution in human populations 

  • New therapeutic approaches for communicable diseases 

  • Drug resistance biology and mechanism in infectious disease 

  • Host – Parasite interactions 

  • New directions in vaccine research for infectious diseases 

  • New biomarkers for infectious disease detection, characterization and monitoring 

  • Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, including the impact of climate change on zoonotic disease distribution 

  • New technology platforms for rapid detection of pathogens of pandemic importance 

Exclusions: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research, studies, surveys, clinical trials and work primarily aimed at informing public health policy are NOT eligible for funding through this opportunity. However, the use of randomization in basic biomedical research studies is accepted. 

The teams will integrate world-class researchers from all three geographic areas with the intention of strengthening scientific capacity, as well as promoting collaboration, knowledge mobilization and scientific excellence in all its diversity. 

Detailed guidelines for submission will be published on CIHR’s Funding Opportunity database in September 2022. The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: registration and application. In Canada, registrations are due January 17, 2023, and applications are due February 16, 2023. In Israel, registrations are due January 17, 2023, and administrative applications are due February 15, 2023. 

It is mandatory that teams submit their registration and application to both the Israel Science Foundation and CIHR. 

For further information, please contact:

CIHR  
Contact Centre 
Telephone: 613-954-1968 
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178 
Email: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca   

ISF  
Ella Fire 
Scientific Director Special Programs 
Israel Science Foundation 
Email: ella@isf.org.il 

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Monkeypox Rapid Research Response

Open
Call for
Applications
Deadline
Programs
Global Health
Duration
24 months
Topic(s)
Health
Countries
South of Sahara
North of Sahara
Western Sahara
North Africa
Canada
Funded by
IDRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Budget
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is CAD$3,000,000 to fund one grant. CIHR will contribute up to CAD$2,000,000 for up to one year and IDRC will contribute up to CAD$1,000,000 for up to two years.
Point of contact
ehtrf-frnms@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Type
Grant
Status
Open
Scope

To be admissible, applications must be co-led by Canadian and African researchers and address all of the following objectives: 

  • Provide rapid evidence to inform clinical and health system management and public health response, and/or decision-making and planning within and across jurisdictions in Canada and internationally; 

  • Undertake robust, multi-country cross-learning, and comparative research (including in collaboration with other international researchers where appropriate) on: 

    • the safety and real-world effectiveness of medical or other countermeasures deployed* (including vaccines and therapeutics) to treat and/or prevent monkeypox infections in people in Canada and globally; and 
    • the underlying serological histories and transmission dynamics of the current monkeypox outbreaks in Canada and globally (including time of exposure and transmission during asymptomatic phase, mechanisms of human-to-human transmission, and key risk factors for infection and transmission); 

  • Align with and contribute to the WHO Global Clinical Platform for Monkeypox and other international monkeypox surveillance and research coordination activities by: 

    • adopting WHO case investigation and reporting forms; 
    • developing robust study protocols that can be integrated and harmonized with international clinical datasets; and 

    • contributing to global real-time sharing and analyses of research findings across different study contexts 

*Please note that medical countermeasures against monkeypox (including vaccines, drugs and other therapeutic agents) will not be provided by the Government of Canada for research supported through this funding opportunity. 

Eligibility

The criteria below must be met for an application to be eligible: 

  • The Research Team must be co-led by a Canada-based nominated-principal applicant (NPA) who is an independent researcher affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application deadline and an Africa-based principal applicant (PA) who is a researcher (citizen or permanent resident of an African country/territory) based in an African institution and residing in an African country/territory where the research is proposed. 

  • The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term. 

  • The institution paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds before the funding can be released. 

  • The NPA must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a certificate of completion. The PA must have successfully completed the Government of Canada's Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) course and submit a certificate of completion. 

  • For applications that include or involve First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or urban Indigenous communities, the research team must include: 

    • At least one PA (may be the NPA) who self-identifies as First Nations, Inuit or Métis and/or can provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples. These participants are required to provide a maximum one-page statement describing how the participant meets the criteria of self-identification and/or meaningful and culturally safe engagement.

      OR

    • An Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper identified on the application as a principal knowledge user, knowledge user or collaborator. 
  • An individual cannot submit more than one application to this funding opportunity as an NPA. If the NPA submits more than one application, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application(s) submitted based on timestamp of submission. 

CIHR and IDRC are committed to supporting a research environment that reflects the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applications must clearly describe the research team's commitment to engaging a diversity of members, in particular related to how they will address team composition and recruitment processes, research environment, training activities and/or knowledge translation activities, as applicable. CIHR will require applicants to consider diverse biological and/or socio-cultural identity factors in research design (e.g., sex, gender, ethnicity, disability), including diverse research methods such as those based in Indigenous ways of knowing, to strengthen research excellence and ensure maximum research impact. 

More details

For all inquiries, please contact ehtrf-frnms@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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Call for proposals to support Africa’s Science Granting Councils in funding and managing research and innovation

Open
Call for
Proposals
Deadline
Programs
Education and Science
Duration
Approximately 34 months
Topic(s)
Development
Science and Technology
Social Policy
Governance
Countries
South of Sahara
Western Sahara
Funded by
UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and IDRC 
Budget
The budget available for this project is approximately CAD $8,200,000 (all inclusive) for approximately 34 months.
Point of contact
SGCSSA@idrc.ca
Type
Grant
Status
Open
Scope

This project aims to strengthen the capacity of science granting councils to fund and manage research and innovation in areas aligned with their national development plans and priorities. An overarching research framework based on the SGCI theory of change has been proposed to guide the councils and the collaborating technical agencies supporting their work in selecting the proposals to fund. The framework focuses on potential areas and activities linked to broad research objectives such as) putting research findings into economic and social use, promoting private sector partnerships in research and innovation and enhancing gender equality and inclusivity. 

Eligibility

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) invites project proposals from organizations (including think tanks, institutes, universities and agencies) with proven experience and track records to support science granting councils in funding and managing research and innovation projects.

Call for proposals to strengthen the use of data and evidence in policy and decision-making by Africa’s Science Granting Councils

Open
Call for
Proposals
Deadline
Programs
Education and Science
Duration
Approximately 34 months
Topic(s)
Development
Governance
Social Policy
Science and Technology
Countries
South of Sahara
Western Sahara
Funded by
UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and IDRC
Budget
The budget available for this project is approximately CAD$1,350,000 (all inclusive) for approximately 34 months.
Point of contact
SGCSSA@idrc.ca
Type
Grant
Status
Open
Scope

The aim of this work is to further strengthen the capacity of science granting councils to use data and evidence in policy and decision-making and to enhance their roles as science, technology and innovation policy champions both nationally and regionally. The project will also provide monitoring, evaluation, and learning support to the SGCI. 

Eligibility

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) invites project proposals from organizations (including think tanks, institutes, universities and agencies) with proven experience and track records to strengthen the use of data and evidence in policy and decision-making by Africa’s science granting councils. 

Call for proposals to support Africa’s Science Granting Councils in developing policy frameworks and enabling structures for public-private sector partnerships

Open
Call for
Proposals
Deadline
Programs
Education and Science
Duration
Approximately 34 months
Topic(s)
Development
Science and Technology
Social Policy
Governance
Countries
South of Sahara
Western Sahara
Funded by
UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and IDRC
Budget
The budget available for this project is approximately CAD$1,200,000 (all inclusive) for approximately 34 months.
Point of contact
SGCSSA@idrc.ca
Type
Grant
Status
Open
Scope

Promoting linkages and knowledge exchange between public sector research organizations and private sector actors has been a key objective of SGCI’s work since its inception. Important aspects are private sector partnerships through research projects, ensuring the priorities of research organizations are aligned with private sector needs and enhancing private sector understanding of how to work with public research organizations.

Building on and deepening earlier SGCI work, this project will support the councils to implement and pilot the necessary policy frameworks to promote public-private sector partnerships and it will involve sharing experiences among councils.

Eligibility

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) invites project proposals from organizations (including think tanks, institutes, universities and agencies) with proven experience and track records to support the councils in developing policy frameworks and enabling structures for private sector partnerships. 

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