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Funding Opportunities

Supporting international research activities

In collaboration with the Office of the Vice President International Research and Development, the GHO provides consultation and support to faculty applying for international research activities.

The following list provides a sampling of global health funding opportunities:

Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening Program

The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) is a partnership formed by four Canadian agencies—Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian International Development Agency—to strengthen Canada’s role on the global health research scene. GHRI funds and facilitates innovative, interdisciplinary research and training programs to address the priorities of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Internships

The IDRC Internships provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. The internship's designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management - in the creation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge from an international perspective.

Internships will be considered for a program of training and research responding to IDRC’s research priorities. IDRC’s research activities focus on four program areas:

  • social and economic policy
  • environment and natural resource management
  • information and communication technologies for development
  • innovation, policy and science

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The foundation funds activities in global development and global health. The global health program focuses on three priority areas:

  • to discover new insights to fight serious diseases and other health problems affecting developing countries
  • to develop effective and affordable vaccines, medicines and other health tools
  • to deliver proven health solutions to those that need them most

Global health topics include diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal, newborn & child health, neglected diseases, nutrition, pneumonia, polio, tobacco, tuberculosis and vaccine-preventable diseases.

They also support the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative which funds research on scientific problems that, if solved, could lead to breakthrough advances against multiple diseases. Qualified organizations can submit a letter of inquiry for global health funding areas.

Grand Challenges in Global Health

Grand Challenges fosters innovation in global health research. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $100 million to encourage scientists worldwide to expand the pipeline of ideas to fight our greatest health challenges.

The grant program's open to anyone from any discipline, including faculty and students. The initiative uses an accelerated grant-making process with short two-page applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-up grant of $1 million or more.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

SSHRC supports post-secondary based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities. 

Applicants may choose between three streams:

  • Talent, which provides funding for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Insight, which provides funding for research carried out by individual scholars and teams of researchers
  • Connection, which provides funding for activities which complement the activities funded by Talent and Insight programs (funding opportunities vary from year to year)

McArthur Foundation

The McArthur Foundation’s Program on Global Security and Sustainability seeks to protect the security and well-being of people and the environment around the world.

To meet these broad objectives, the program focuses on several areas, including conservation and sustainable development, human rights and international justice, international peace and security, global migration and human mobility, population and reproductive health and higher education in Russia and Nigeria.

Focus countries are India, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia. Some international portfolios may also support projects not specific to the focus countries but will make substantial contributions to producing new concepts or data, or by advocating new or modified policies. Generally there are no fixed deadlines for grant applications.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research: biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health. Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution or organization by the time funding begins.

Applications are evaluated by reviewers who are experts in the same field (i.e. peers of the applicants), and their recommendations are used by CIHR to make funding decisions. A ranking list is prepared based on the committee recommendations. A portion of the total competition budget amount is allocated to each successful application starting from the top of the ranking list until the total competition budget is expended. Funding opportunities vary from year to year.