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Application for IPSN Catalytic Grant Fund 2024

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IPSN Catalytic Grant Fund

In the realm of global health, the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN) stands as a beacon of collaboration and innovation.

Recently, the IPSN achieved a significant milestone by establishing the IPSN catalytic grant fund, made possible through generous support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Wellcome.

This fund, housed by the UN Foundation on behalf of the IPSN, signifies a concerted effort to bolster pathogen surveillance and research, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The grant amounts will be in the range of US$50,000 – US$250,000 and are expected to fund projects for approximately one year in duration. Projects will support priorities under the IPSN’s scope and theory of change, contribute to knowledge generation and research, and ensure wide dissemination to the broader community. 


Who can apply

Funding is exclusively available to IPSN member organisations, and priority will be given to applicants from LMICs. Applications may be submitted by individual IPSN member organisations from LMICs or in consortia in which the lead applicant is an IPSN member from a LMIC.

The IPSN Secretariat may support organisations interested in collaborating with partners on a project idea.

How to apply

All applications must adhere to the official proposal templates found below and must be submitted in English to the IPSN Secretariat via email: IPSN-fund@who.int

The application process will consist of two stages. In the first stage, applicants will be required to submit a short concept note in response to the RfP. The IPSN Secretariat and an independent technical group will review the concept note and may request clarification if needed. In the second stage, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. The full applications will be reviewed, and further clarification may be requested if needed. After review, funding decisions will be communicated to applicants. Successful applications will undergo due diligence by the UN Foundation.  



Bernard Bassey is a graduate of Software Engineering from AfriHUB University, Abuja. He is an expert in field journalism, his interest in socio-politics activities is keen.

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