CIHR Rapid Response to 2018 Ebola Outbreak: Pre-announcement


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


Earlier this month an Ebola outbreak was identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Within hours of the Ebola outbreak reaching an urban area, the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) and the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) activated CIHR’s emerging health threats response to ensure the research community is mobilized quickly. 

The Government of Canada, through Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is now working in partnership with the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), and other international agencies to support a rapid research response to the emerging Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

CIHR, SSHRC, and IDRC intend to make available a combined CAD$1.5 million to support partnered teams of Canadian and African researchers to conduct health services research, population health research and/or social science research in the context of this particular health emergency.

The full Request for Applications is expected to be posted in two to four, after which eligible researchers will have approximately four weeks to submit short applications for peer-review. Applicants will be expected to justify why their proposed research requires this rapid response funding and cannot wait for CIHR's, SSHRC's, or IDRC's regular funding opportunities.


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