Upcoming funding opportunity: Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cancer

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Canadian funding opportunity under the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cancer call.


Established in 2009, the GACD is a globally coordinated effort of 14 health research-funding agencies, which supports implementation research on the prevention and management of chronic non-communicable diseases.

This funding opportunity is part of the sixth call for applications of the GACD and will support implementation research for the primary and/or secondary prevention of cancer in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and/or among the Indigenous populations in Canada. Proposals must build on evidence-based interventions for the respective population groups. The aim should be to adapt and scale-up interventions in accessible and equitable ways, in order to improve the prevention of cancer. Interventions should be culturally safe and appropriate; meet conditions of the local health and social system context; and address any other contextual factors identified as possible barriers. The interventions should be gender-responsive. For complete information on the challenge to be addressed, scope and expected impact of the research, please refer to the GACD website.

Funds available

The total amount that will be available for this funding opportunity is $4,000,000, enough to fund approximately two grants. The maximum amount per grant is $400,000 per year, for up to five years, for a total of up to $2,000,000 per grant.

Of this $4,000,000:

  • $2,000,000 is available to fund Indigenous-led applications relevant to cancer prevention among Indigenous populations in Canada;
  • $2,000,000 is available to fund applications relevant to cancer prevention in LMICs and/or Indigenous populations in Canada.


Indigenous Research Teams

Applications focused on cancer prevention among Indigenous populations in Canada must have a Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) who is an independent researcher or a knowledge user and self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis). At least one team member, other than the NPA, must be an Indigenous Elder and/or Indigenous Knowledge Keeper (also known as a Knowledge Holder or Knowledge Guardian). Within their research proposal, the team must demonstrate an active and on-going consultation process with Indigenous populations that may be directly or in-directly affected by the research proposed.

Canadian-LMIC Teams

Applications relevant to cancer prevention in LMICs must include at least two independent researchers listed as Principal Applicants, including one from Canada and one from a LMIC (as defined by the World Bank). For teams which will conduct research in more than one LMIC, there must be at least one independent researcher (as Principal Applicant or Co-Applicant) based in each LMIC. Canadian-LMIC teams must also include at least one decision maker and/or policy maker from a LMIC as a Principal Knowledge User or Knowledge User.

In addition, CIHR’s Institutional Eligibility Requirements and Individual Eligibility Requirements apply.

Anticipated timelines

Application open date: January 2020
Pre-proposal deadline for relevance review: February 2020 submitted through ResearchNet
Full proposal deadline: April 2020
Notice of Decision: Fall 2020


The information contained in this pre-announcement of the GACD Prevention of Primary and Secondary Prevention funding opportunity is subject to change and does not commit the CIHR to the requirements outlined in this version. The final funding opportunity will be published by CIHR in the Funding Opportunity Database in ResearchNet in January 2020.

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