Western International

International Funding Opportunities

The following international funding opportunities are for researchers (faculty, students and trainees).

**All applications require a ROLA submission**
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Reminder: Grant Applications are to be submitted under our legal name, The University of Western Ontario

Western University's Strategy for International Research. 

Pivot Funding Database (Start by registering using your uwo email account) 

Opportunities by Canadian Organizations

CIHR – International and global health collaborations

International Collaboration

Funding Opportunities (ResearchNet)

CIHR Project Grant Spring 2020

The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: "To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system". More than ever before, the health of Canadians is deeply intertwined with the health of people around the world. Projects or programs that have a global health research focus, or include international collaborations, are eligible for support through the Project Grant program. The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR's mandate.

SSHRC – International Research Funding

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How to Apply for SSHRC Grants

SSHRC Belmont Forum

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Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)

New Faculty Mobility Program for Canadians in Latin America and the Caribbean

Global Affairs Canada

For more Global Affairs Canada Grants opportunities, visit site below.

Funding Options

International scholarship opportunities for Canadians(EduCanada)


Grand Challenges Canada

Funding Opportunities

The OPTions Initiative seeks innovative, transformative ideas that have potential to improve access to safe abortion in low- and middle-income countries where there are one or more legal grounds to support it.

International Awards and Distinctions

Awards and Distinctions

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) offers grants, funding, and awards to researchers and institutions to find solutions for global development challenges.

Ontario Arts Council

Building Audiences and Markets: Grant Programs

Universities Canada

Programs and Scholarship Information

Western’s New International Research Networks Award (NIRN)

The New International Research Networks (NIRN) award is supported by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and aims to promote new collaborations between researchers from Western and their international colleagues. These funds are intended to address the logistical costs incurred during the initial process of setting up a new collaborative research project, such as travel, communications cost and/or small- scale exploratory research.


Canada-US Fulbright Program: Fulbright Specialists Program

The program is designed to provide U.S. and Canadian faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities.

Duration: 2 – 6 weeks and the award amount is unspecified.

Eligibility: US and Canadian citizens; Mid-Career to Established in Field. More Information.

Going Global Innovation

Going Global Innovation (GGI) is a grant and contribution program administered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) that offers funding to support innovators from Canadian organizations to formalize contractual agreements with foreign organizations. GGI provides assistance by funding up to 75 percent of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses include international and local travel, accommodations, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support the formalization of partnership agreements and other costs related to pursuing international collaboration. Combined financial assistance from federal, provincial and municipal sources must not exceed 75 percent of total costs for any eligible expenditure

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New Frontiers in Research Fund

New Frontiers in Research Fund – Canadian Funding

1. The International stream aims to support international collaborations and position Canada and Canadian researchers as strategic partners at the international level. The International stream includes two mechanisms:

  • joint funding calls with international agencies on topics of international relevance; and
  • a dedicated fund to support the participation of Canadian researchers within international teams in projects seeking funding from major global platforms.


Further information on the International stream will be available in the coming months. 


2. The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise where relevant.

The Transformation stream grants will support projects that:

  • tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
  • propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the-art approaches to the issue;
  • are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
  • have the potential to be transformative,Footnote 1 defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact—a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough versus an incremental advance.

These elements are further described under Transformation project characteristics.

Teams and international collaboration: The composition of the team should reflect the need of expertise to deliver on the ambitious and interdisciplinary nature of the project. Teams, including collaborating partners, could include expertise from different institutions and sectors across Canada and internationally, as needed, to increase the expertise of the team and secure access to infrastructure. In order to support essential international partnerships, transfers of NFRF funds from the nominated principal investigator’s institution to international co-applicants will be permitted.

CIHR and Horizon 2020

CIHR and Horizon 2020 Team Grant: Canada-EU Smart Living Environments – Transitions in Care (View a recording of the information webinar here)

            CIHR is partnering with the European Commission to fund international teams tackling transitions in care challenges. The goal of this funding opportunity is to build a collaboration of stakeholders in Europe and Canada in the domain of smart living environments for aging people that will focus on the development, integration, and evaluation of eHealth innovations addressing transition in care challenges in order to improve health outcomes. Funding to the Canadian component of the team requires that a proposal also includes one or both of the following research areas as relevant to aging people.

Research Areas: This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • Changing health status or care: Individuals facing changes in their health status (i.e., suffering a stroke) or living with chronic or complex health conditions (i.e., atrial fibrillation). These individuals may experience several handovers among health providers, institutions, hospital units and/or have a change in care location (e.g., home to hospital; community care to tertiary care).
  • Key populations to optimize transition in care outcomes: Populations at increased risk of adverse transition in care outcomes include First Nations, Inuit and Métis people; individuals residing in rural and/or remote communities; individuals who are transgender; individuals with an intersex condition; older adults and new ageing populations (i.e., survivors of diseases/conditions that previously led to early death); new immigrants; and those who experience systemic, cultural and/or language barriers.

Funds Available: The maximum CIHR amount per grant is $240,000 CAD per year for up to four (4) years for a total of $960,000 CAD per grant.

 How to apply:

  • The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: 1a. Full Application to the European Commission and 1b. Abbreviated CIHR Application.

    Step 1a – Full Application to the European Commission:

    Step 1b – Abbreviated CIHR Application:

  • Canadian applicants who participate in a Full Application to the European Commission funding opportunity must complete an Abbreviated CIHR Application and submit it through ResearchNet.
  • The purpose of this additional application to CIHR is to provide CIHR with an Operating Budget for the project (with the amounts quoted in Canadian dollars, and complete justification for funds requested) and a one-page research summary.
  • To complete your application, follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under "Specific Instructions".
  • Reminder to applicants: Please ensure that your application is complete (includes all required signatures) and is submitted on time to CIHR.
  • All participants listed, with the exception of Collaborators, are required to:

 Specific Instructions to complete your ResearchNet application: The following tasks in ResearchNet are mandatory for the completion of the CIHR application:

 Task: Identify Participants

  • A Nominated Principal Applicant must be identified, and that this individual must be the Canadian researcher that is applying for funding from CIHR.
  • At least one Health System Partner (an individual within the organization) must be identified as a Principal Applicant; at least one eHealth Innovation Partners must be identified as a Collaborator (see Eligibility).
  • CVs are not required for this application.

For complete information on the challenge to be addressed, scope, expected impact, and cross-cutting priorities, please refer to the European Commission funding opportunity.

Canada – US Fulbright Program opportunities


  • Traditional (All Disciplines) Award: US$12,500 for one semester (4 months). These awards are field open and can be taken up at any university, think tank, or government agency in the United States.
  • Research Chairs Program: US$25,000 for one semester (4 months). Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities/institutions designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area.
  • Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program: US$35,000 The Fulbright NEXUS Program brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright residential exchange experience. Up to fifteen Fulbright participants (1/3 from the U.S. and 2/3 from Canada and other countries of the Western Hemisphere) engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, and problem-solving with a focus on improving the quality of life for communities in the Western Hemisphere. Fulbright NEXUS participants conduct individual and team-based research projects designed to generate knowledge-based, policy-oriented solutions with immediate and practical implementation potential at the local, national, or regional levels.
  • Fulbright Arctic Initiative: US$40,000, for an 18-month period for a regional applied network of interdisciplinary collaborative research focused on the Arctic. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will identify both established experts and early career specialists from the eight Arctic Council countries to carry out collaborative research in one of two focus areas:      A) Community Resilience and Adaptation and B) Building Sustainable Economies.
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Program at SUNY Plattsburgh: US$3,500 plus international travel. This program is open to Canadian scholars who will take up residence at the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh for a period of two to six weeks. While in residence, the incumbent will teach a one credit course, deliver lectures on any topic related to the research featured in their Fulbright Canada Address, and work with colleagues at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Scholar-in-Residence Program: US$2,700/month plus international travel. The Worldwide Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year. Preference is given to institutions that infrequently or never have hosted Visiting Scholars and serve student populations underrepresented in international exchange programs, and/or to colleges and universities that are Minority Serving Institutions.

Opportunities in the United States 

John Templeton Foundation funds - U.S.A.

The John Templeton Foundation funds: Mathematical & Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Human Sciences; Philosophy and Theology; Science in Dialogue; Character Development; Individual Freedoms and Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; and Genetics.

The John Templeton Foundation offers small (up to USD 234, 800) and large (More than USD 234, 800), to fund these areas

To determine whether the Foundation would consider supporting your project, please complete and submit an OFI by August 14, 2020

United States Federal Funding

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National Institutes of Health - Various Funding Opportunities

Next Generation Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (NGM) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application deadlines: May 6, 2019; May 6, 2020; May 6, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Award Project period: The maximum project period is 5 years. 

Award amount:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development Program (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-212) and (R34 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-213)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 23, 2019; March 23, 2020; July 23, 2020; and more

Award amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Award Project period: The maximum project period is 5 years.


NIH funding opportunities focusing on global health and foreign collaboration.

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with NIH as a partner is accepting applications.


NIH funding opportunities for which foreign organizations, foreign components of U.S. organizations and/or other foreign components may apply.

The NMSS manages a diverse portfolio of academic and commercial research projects, provide training fellowships, fosters global collaboration, and convene experts to identify strategic research priorities. Their objectives are achieved by ensuring funding of the best science regardless of geography. The maximum budget for the Pilot program is $55,000 for U.S. institutions, inclusive of $50,000 in direct costs plus 10% ($5,000) indirect costs. For non-U.S institutions, the maximum is $50,000 since indirect costs are only allowed on U.S. based projects.

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Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R33 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on further development and validation of emerging technologies offering novel capabilities for targeting, probing, or assessing molecular and cellular features of cancer biology for basic or clinical cancer research.


Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) 

This FOA encourages exploratory/developmental research applications at the intersection of HIV and aging by addressing two overarching objectives: 1) to improve understanding of biological, clinical, and socio-behavioral aspects of aging through the lens of HIV infection and its treatment; and 2) to improve approaches for testing, prevention, and treatment of HIV infection, and management of HIV-related comorbidities, co-infections, and complications in different populations and cultural settings by applying our current understanding of aging science.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Global Initiatives Grants

Wenner-Gren Foundation Global Initiatives Grants fund innovative, collaborative, initiatives that build capacity in anthropology.

11th Hour Racing

11th Hour Racing seeks to advance innovative projects that improve the health of our oceans and address the dynamic environmental challenges facing the sailing and marine communities

Opportunities in Europe

Post Doc Pool Grants - Finland

The pool grants are intended only for sending researchers abroad from Finland and will cover all expenses for conducting research abroad, including travel and moving costs, schooling expenses and insurance. 

The UK Department of International Development Funding

Funding options

The University of Essex International Visiting Fellowships - United Kingdom

The University of Essex International Visiting Fellowships are the University’s flagship research fellowship programme, in which internationally recognised researchers based outside of the United Kingdom are invited to experience and contribute to the research community at the University of Essex. 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme - European Union

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship program offers funding provision for up to 3000 PhD scholarships per year in Europe. There are vacancies all year round and Canadian candidates should apply directly to the projects published on the Erasmus webiste

Jean Monnet Activities - European Union

The Jean Monnet Activities provides funding to support the teaching and research of EU studies worldwide. Jean Monnet grants continue to support actions and activities in the fields of education, training and youth. Since 2007, there have been 49 projects selected for Jean Monnet funding in Canada. 

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards Travel Grants

The Award is for junior researchers who are currently conducting an experimental project in basic biomedical research and wish to pursue a short-term research stay or attend a practical course of up to 3 months. More Information.

Purpose:To learn clearly-defined methods useful for your ongoing research and the work of your research group at home by visiting another laboratory, or by attending research-orientated courses including practical training (the practical part has to cover at least 50% of the course).
To enable graduates from abroad and their potential PhD supervisors to evaluate the scientific and personal prerequisites before embarking on a PhD thesis. To this end, the graduate student shall pursue a short project in his/her potential PhD supervisor's laboratory for at least 4 weeks.
Eligibility:European citizens working in Europe and overseas, and to non-European citizens who perform their MD, PhD or postdoctoral project in Europe, or will use the travel grant to work in Europe. Applicants must pursue an experimental project in basic biomedical research and belong to one of the following groups of junior scientistsPhD students or medical students pursuing an experimental doctoral thesis.
postdocs who are pursuing a particular research project.
Graduates from abroad who have applied for a PhD project, but who have not yet worked with their potential PhD supervisor.

Horizon 2020 - European Union

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Currently Open Opportunities for Canadian Participation

DAAD German Academic Exchange Services - Germany and European Union

RIG Research Funding Guide

The German Research Landscape

The Royal Society International Collaboration Awards - United Kingdom

The scheme provides up to 75,000 per year and will be dependent on case for support. Awards are for up to three years. The Collaboration Award can be used flexibly on activities directly relevant to supporting collaboration between the UK applicant, overseas co-applicant and their research groups. Requests can include: research expenses, travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team, salary for research assistance, and small pieces of equipment (no more than 10K per item).

Proposals should address the GCRF research agenda for enabling change focusing on one or more of the following areas:

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development
1. secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
2. sustainable health and well being
3. inclusive and equitable quality education
4. clean air, water and sanitation
5. affordable, reliable, sustainable energy

Sustainable Economies and Societies

6. sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
7. resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
8. sustainable cities and communities
9. sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources

Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice
10. understand and respond effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
11. reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action
12. reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities

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Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship - Humboldt Foundation

Sponsorship for research stays worldwide by researchers from Germany of all disciplines and at all career stages. Applicants choose an academic host from some 15,000 academics in the Humboldt Network abroad.

Applications are received on a continuous basis. A Humboldt Foundation selection committee meets in February, June and October to decide on applications.

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) / German Research Foundation

This funding instrument serves to establish collaborative relationships between international partners. Three different modules are available: "Exploratory Workshops", "Trips Abroad" and "Guest Visits". If several different modules will be used during a short time frame and doing so will enable cooperation preparations to be made particularly effectively, the modules may be combined. The funding remains available for a maximum of 12 months after the approval date, and the individual collaborative measures must be carried out within this time frame. Funding is available for the following collaborative measures: Trips abroad (max. three months) or guest visits in Germany (max. three months); Exploratory workshops. Where such agreements exist, these measures may also be funded jointly by partner organizations abroad.

Application deadlines: Continuous

Citizenship or Residency: Germany. Researchers who have already achieved their doctorates and who are working in the German scientific system may apply. Special rules apply to members of non-university research institutions.

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Chevening Fellowship

2020/2021 Chevening Fellowships are offered to mid-career professionals who have reached a position of influence and want to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions.

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Ireland Canada University

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Canada-France Program

France-Canada Program: 2020 - 2020 Mourou/Strickland scientific mobility program       

This program is intended for French and Canadian researchers (Quebec excluded as there are specific programs between France and Quebec) who wish to spend a short stay with their counterparts, either in France or in Canada.

The Netherlands-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Research Consortium

The Netherlands-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Research Consortium will support the formation of one international Consortium between Dutch researchers funded through the Diabetes II Breakthrough Projects, for-profit private parties and other private parties, and Canadian researchers, and will leverage the expertise of type 2 diabetes researchers in both countries. The 20 Dutch Diabetes II Breakthrough Projects are funded by a ZonMw and Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation research call launched in 2018; project abstracts are available on the ZonMw website.

EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

The EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) was established to better coordinate research efforts across countries and disciplines to find causes, develop cures, and identify better ways to care for people with neurodegenerative diseases more rapidly. The goal of this joint transnational call is to promote research aiming at the development of novel and the advanced use of existing cutting-edge imaging and brain stimulation technologies related to neurodegenerative diseases. Proposals to be funded under this call will need adequately to involve patients, caregivers, and the public. Consortia are expected to make every effort to include approaches on Patient and Public Involvement, where appropriate, at each stage of the research process including the preparation of the application.

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Team Grant: Canada-EU Smart Living Environments – Transitions in Care


Team Grant: Canada-EU Smart Living Environments – Transitions in Care. The goal of this funding opportunity is to build a collaboration of stakeholders in Europe and Canada in the domain of smart living environments for aging people that will focus on the development, integration, and evaluation of eHealth innovations addressing transition in care challenges in order to improve health outcomes.

Please click here for the application process

Opportunities in Asia

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore): A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) - Singapore

ARAP is designed to facilitate collaboration between researchers in the overseas universities and in A*STAR. Typically, a PhD student who remains matriculated at the overseas university undertakes 1-2 years of research work in an A*STAR research institute. A*STAR provides a monthly stipend and other allowances such as conference/medical insurance for the period that the student is here in Singapore.

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore): Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) - Singapore

The SIPGA program provides a 2-6 month experience in an A*STAR research institute for third or fourth year undergraduates or master students. The student works with a supervisor, usually as part of a larger research project, in an A*STAR institute. As A*STAR is a research organization rather than a university, students can arrange to start at any time of the year, subject to the availability of the supervisor. Admission to this programme is on a competitive basis.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (Various Grants, Awards and Opportunities) - India

The Shastri Institute is an Indo-Canadian Institute that aims to improve the quality of life of Canada and India by building and strengthening intellectual and cultural linkages through research, dialogue and exchange.

Various opportunities available:

Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG)
Shastri Mobility Programme (SMP)
Shastri Research Student Fellowship (SRSF)
Shastri Programme Development Grant (SPDG)
Shastri Publication Grant (SPG)
Shastri Membership Development Grant (SMDG)
Faculty Development Programme for Vocational Education (FDPVE)
Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN)/Faculty- In-Residence Programme (FIR) ( Open for Non-members also)
Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant ( SSTSG)
Shastri Student Internship Project (SSIP)
SICI Membership Development Fund (SMDF)  

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Opportunities by International Organizations

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Various funding opportunities are available throughout the year, visit the site for more information.

Digital Payment Solutions funding opportunity: The CIIE.CO entrepreneurship center in India, the National Payments Corporation of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation have launched a request for proposals - for innovators around the world - seeking new digital payment solutions that make transactions easy and secure for feature phone users in India.

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MacArthur Foundation

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Wellcome Trust

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Wellcome Trust Funding

Information about Wellcome Trust's schemes, funding guidance, what they offer at key career stages, and the people and projects they've funded.


PSC Partners Seeking a Cure

PSC Partners and affiliate PSC Partners Canada offer grants to conduct research that addresses an important and novel, basic or clinical research question related to PSC and closely associated diseases (such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and cholangiocarcinoma). Our Research Grants Program seeks to encourage investigators to conduct research in promising new areas, with the goal that data generated will lead to federal (NIH) or external international funding.Research grant funding is limited to $40,000 per year for 2 years ($80,000 total). However, focused proposals with smaller budget requests will also be considered.

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Global Grand Challenges

Grant Opportunities

The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. Visit the site for Grand Challenges grant opportunities with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as sole or contributing funder.

James S. McDonnell Foundation

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Human Frontier Science Program

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Unitaid Open Calls for Proposals

- https://unitaid.org/call-for-proposal/intermittent-preventive-treatment-in-infants/#en – issue of focus: Malaria

Under this Call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for interventions aimed at accelerating the adoption and scale-up of IPTi in moderate-to-high transmission settings.

- https://unitaid.org/call-for-proposal/in-maternal-and-child-health-towards-the-elimination-of-congenital-infection-in-chagas-disease-through-better-tools-for-diagnosis-and-treatment/#en

Under this Call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for interventions aimed at accelerating the availability, adoption and scale-up of improved tools to diagnose and treat Chagas Disease.

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.