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Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC)

The primary objective of the GLOBVAC programme is to support 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 (LMIC).

The secondary objectives are:

  • Strengthen internationally competitive and sustainable research groups and institutions in Norway;
  • Strengthen national and international research collaboration and partnerships;
  • Strengthen capacity of research groups and institutions in LLMICs by supporting collaborative research and training;
  • Increase awareness of the the need for global health research among policy makers, researchers and the general public.

The Programme prioritizes projects in the following thematic areas:

1. Prevention and treatment of, and diagnostics for, communicable diseases, particularly vaccine and vaccination research.
This thematic area includes all aspects of epidemiology, diagnostics, discovery/design of therapeutics and vaccines, development, evaluation/testing of medicines and vaccines, and delivery/implementation of vaccination/treatment strategies, including cultural perspectives on vaccination. Vaccine and vaccination research are given high priority since vaccines are considered to be among the most cost-effective interventions. Research that can lead from pre-clinical to clinical testing and participation in international product development, with the focus on diseases/pathogens that are a major global health burden, is particularly encouraged.

2. Family planning, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health
Research aimed at improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, including child growth and development, contraceptive methods to delay and plan pregnancies, and safe abortion, is an important objective as these areas are considered key to improving health and survival among these groups in LLMICs.

This thematic area includes the production and application of knowledge to meet the need for an improved continuum of care for reproductive,  maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. It encompasses all relevant health issues and health research (relating to both communicable and non-communicable diseases) and extends the maternal and child survival agenda to also include addressing health issues relating to the rights of women, adolescents and children, family planning, promoting child growth and development and an increased focus on adolescents. The research can involve a variety of disciplines, e.g. clinical medicine, epidemiology, economics, psychology, psychiatry, nutrition, sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy/ethics, cultural studies and law. Research and innovation in accordance with Family Planning 2020 and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030 are considered to be particularly relevant.

3. Health systems and health policy research
This thematic area includes the production and application of knowledge to improve how societies organise themselves in order to achieve health goals. It encompasses how societies plan, manage and finance health services, as well as investigating the role and interests of different actors in the health system. It includes research on how health systems function in relation to human resources, health services, health information systems and supply chain management systems. Implementation research is also included in the thematic area of health systems and health policy research. It draws upon a variety of disciplines, including economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, law and epidemiology. Research can include cultural and social dimensions that influence health systems, and what can be considered to constitute resilient health systems. Local, national and international research approaches and foci can be applied.

4. Innovation in technology and methods development
Innovation and the development of affordable and appropriate technologies for resource-constrained settings will make important contributions to solving some of the health problems in LLMICs.

This thematic area includes research and innovation for the development of technology and methods that can help to meet the needs of patients and health personnel where appropriate technologies are either not available or do not exist. This includes developing high-quality products for prevention, diagnosis and treatment that are appropriate, accessible and affordable in resource-constrained conditions.

Other considerations
Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research approaches are of great importance. Research that cuts across two or more of the four thematic areas below can thus be of high relevance. Implementation research is key to the effective deployment and scaling-up of efficacious health interventions. Projects involving research into cultural and social dimensions of the given thematic areas are encouraged. Although the programme has a wide scope, priority is given to projects within one or more of the thematic areas.

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