Canada launches new funding opportunity to support Canadian-African research teams studying Ebola

June 19, 2018
Aminata Camara, midwife at Ross Road Community Health Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Dominic Chavez / World Bank

The Government of Canada, through three of its dedicated funding agencies, has launched a new partnership aimed at sustainably improving Ebola response capacities in and around the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding region.

Together, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have made available a combined CA$1.5 million to support partnered teams of Canadian and African researchers.

The Rapid Research Fund (RRF) for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks will fund social science, population and public health, and health systems research relevant to the emerging crisis. A minimum of four successful teams will be eligible to receive research grants up to CA$360,000 over two years (2018–2020). 

The focus of the supported research will be to inform the response to the current Ebola outbreak in DRC, with the aim of improving prevention and preparedness efforts for future Ebola or similarly significant infectious disease outbreak threats in the region.

“Partnering with CIHR and SSHRC really highlights how research funders can work together to ensure research excellence while linking global challenges with local, collaborative research,” said IDRC President Jean Lebel. “This Fund will help Canadian and African researchers investigate knowledge gaps to better equip Africa’s health systems and communities to understand, prevent, and respond to terrible diseases like Ebola.“

Interested applicants can access the funding description, eligibility criteria, and application materials here.

About the funders

CIHR is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 institutes, it collaborates with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our healthcare system.

IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC supports leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most.

SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing talent, generating insights, and forging connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.