Global health initiatives

Canada has considerable research strength in the global health domain. Building on this strength, CIHR, with the support and collaboration of Canadian and international partners, has engaged in a wide range of activities to advance global health research, capacity building and knowledge translation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The following is a list of CIHR’s Global Health Initiatives. CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health’s Scientific Director plays the role of CIHR global health champion for some of these initiatives.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD)

CIHR has partnered with international health research funders to form the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD).  The aim of the Alliance is to fund, develop and facilitate innovative research collaborations between low- and middle-income and high-income countries in the fight against chronic diseases.

The GACD secretariat is hosted by University College London (UCL) Institute for Global Health.

Learn more about GACD >

Grand Challenges Canada

Grand Challenges Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada through the Development Innovation Fund. Dedicated to supporting bold ideas, GCC funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada that bring successful innovation to scale, catalyze sustainability and impact.

Their mission is saving and improving lives in low- and middle-income countries through Integrated Innovation.

Learn more about Grand Challenges Canada >

International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC)

The effects of climate change are being felt in many places; however, relatively little is known about how to adapt and mitigate its effects. IRIACC aims to address this knowledge gap through rigorous research in Canada and across four continents. IRIACC is a five-year, $12.5 million research program aimed at helping vulnerable populations in Canada and in low- and middle-income countries adapt to climate change.

The initiative is a partnership with CIHR, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Learn more about IRIACC >

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