Who we are
What we do
The Global Health Research Initiative is a partnership of three Canadian government agencies. The partners are:
GHRI is part of Canada’s contribution to addressing the world’s most pressing health problems. Our grantees tackle global health priorities, such as maternal and infant health, infectious diseases, and health systems.
Our goal is to strengthen research capacity in developing countries to tackle global health challenges. In doing so we promote collaboration and shared learning across disciplines and sectors between low- and middle-income countries and Canada.
GHRI engages in three complementary activities:
- We fund individual researchers and research teams investigating a variety of issues that affect health. We support researchers in Canada and in low- and middle-income countries. Several of the teams include low- and middle-income country decision-makers who develop and implement policies, programs, and strategies to improve health in their countries.
- We support activities to strengthen and expand the capacity of low- and middle-income country researchers and decision-makers to carry out and use research.
- We support a variety of activities involving researchers, decision-makers, communities, and other stakeholders that encourage the use of health research results. These activities also show the beneficial role research can play in improving people’s health, strengthening health systems, and reducing persistent health inequities within and between countries.
We fund research in four main areas:
This research helps:
- prevention and control of pandemics and emerging infectious diseases
- prevention and management of chronic diseases
- health policies and systems
- interactions between health, the environment, and development
- find cost-effective ways to address critical health issues, such as neglected diseases, women’s health, and emerging health threats
- develop an action-oriented, coordinated approach to strengthening health systems and policies
- build research capacity so researchers in low- and middle-income countries can continue to find practical solutions to pressing local challenges
- encourage the use of health research findings in policy and practice
- develop links with donor partners to stimulate global health research investment in developing countries
- include Canadians in collaborative research networks and across multiple disciplines
- foster collaboration on global health issues that affect both Canada and the developing world