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NOK 67 million available for Global Health and Vaccination Research

Funding is available for Researcher projects within all thematic areas of the GLOBVAC work programme. Research that sheds light on new questions and challenges related to the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals is encouraged.

Researcher project Choose
14.02.2018 13:00 CET


The full call text exists only in English. A short version in Norwegian is available. The English call text is the legally binding version.

Applications that are not in compliance with the general requirements for Researcher projects and the special requirements and considerations for this call will be rejected. The special requirements and considerations for this call will prevail over the general requirements in case of discrepancies.

Please note that all project applications must include the attachment on user involvement and anticipated benefits. Proposals without this attachment will be rejected.

All project applications must include a detailed budget. Please see the suggested Detailed Budget template on how to design your detailed budget.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Approximately NOK 67 million is available (approximately USD 8.5 million/EUR 7.2 million).

The amount of funds available for this call may increase by NOK 40 million to a total of NOK 107 million. GLOBVAC is planning to join a Nordic call in 2019 through EDCTP with 40 million NOK. Decisions need to be made in EDCTP and EU for this call. If we do NOT succeed in putting this call through as planned, the NOK 40 million will be added to the available funding of the present GLOBVAC call after the application deadline.

The programme will fund large-scale projects of maximum NOK 20 million as well as smaller projects of minimum NOK 5 million.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:


Only Norwegian research institutions may submit the application and be the formal Project Owner. The research should be carried out in collaboration with institutions abroad. Applications submitted from institutions abroad will be rejected.

Projects are encouraged to include project managers from LLMICs as principal investigators on applications. Projects managers from LLMICs must then collaborate with the Norwegian research institution which is the formal Project Owner.

Please note that low- and lower-middle income countries (LLMICs) are defined in accordance with the OECD DAC list that includes the following categories: least developed countries, other low-income countries, and lower middle-income countries and territories.

Projects involving LLMICs as defined by the OECD DAC list are invited to apply. If all other aspects of competing applications are considered equal, priority will be given to projects involving the collaborative countries for Norwegian Overseas Development Assistance.

Priorities for this call

This call invites proposals presenting research questions/design/implementation that are clearly relevant to the primary objective of the programme: high-quality research with potential for high impact that can contribute to sustainable improvements in health and health equity for people in low- and lower middle income countries (LLMICs).

Proposals within all thematic areas covered by the GLOBVAC work programme (2012-2020) PDF - 2,2 MB are invited. Please note that the work programme was revised in 2017.

The thematic areas are:

  • Prevention and treatment of, and diagnostics for, communicable diseases.
  • Family planning, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
  • Health systems and health policy research.
  • Innovation in technology and methods development.

Implementation research can be included under all four thematic areas. For a closer description of each thematic area, please consult the GLOBVAC work programme.

In 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted a universal, integrated and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. The SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being – ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages – is highly relevant for GLOBVAC. The goal incorporates the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health. Research that sheds light on new questions and challenges related to the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs is encouraged in this call.

SDG 3 is a much broader goal than the three MDGs on health. Topics and diseases that are part of SDG 3, but are not included in the GLOBVAC work programme, are not within the scope of this call for proposals. Non-communicable diseases are only relevant for this call if they are related to nutrition and/or maternal and child health.

Co-funding is encouraged. Co-funding in this call can include:

  • cash financing and/or in-kind resources such as personnel, research infrastructure, materials, etc. provided by the project owner, national partner institutions/organizations, international partner institutions/organizations (including EU's research programmes) and public sector or other public sources.

Key assessment criteria

In order to be considered for funding, proposals submitted for this call must demonstrate high standards concerning the following key assessment criteria:

  • Scientific merit (internationally competitive research proposals with solid methodology)
  • Project management and the Project group
  • Implementation plan and resources
  • International collaboration
  • User involvement
  • Anticipated benefits
  • Relevance to the call for proposals

Other important considerations

  • Proposals that do not demonstrate research questions/design/
    implementation that are clearly relevant to the primary objective of the programme: high-quality research with potential for high impact that can contribute to sustainable improvements in health and health equity for people in low- and lower middle income countries (LLMICs)- will be rejected.
  • Strengthening Norwegian capacity in the field of global health is important and should be an integral part of all projects. National collaboration is encouraged, and researchers and research groups should take advantage of their complementary competences.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include PhD and/or post-doctoral researchers employed by a Norwegian research institution, and/or PhD and/or post-doctoral researchers employed by an LLMIC research institution.
  • Collaboration and partnerships with highly qualified international research groups, including partnerships with research groups and institutions in LLMICs, are strongly encouraged.
  • Research groups from non-LLMICs outside Norway may receive RCN funding as registered partners in applications from Norwegian research institutions. Apart from in exceptional cases, funding to international research institutions/organizations in non-LLMICs outside Norway should not exceed 30 per cent of the total RCN grant to the project. If such funding does exceed 30 per cent it must be justified by either being essential to fulfilling the project objectives, or by being research that could not be carried out in Norway, or by its significant contribution to capacity development in Norway or in LLMICs.
  • There is no limit to the proportion of funding distributed to project partners in LLMICs. The amount must however correspond to the institutions’ relative contribution to the project.
  • Ethics related to the research project and ethical implications of the implementation of the project must be described and explained in the application.
  • In instances where project quality and relevance to the call are deemed equal, applications for projects with female Project managers will be given priority.
  • Public-private partnerships are encouraged.