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Development Innovation Fund for Global Health Research

The Government of Canada has created a fund to support health research and innovation aimed at improving the lives of the world's poor. The Development Innovation Fund (DIF) will support scientists and scientific institutions engaged in health research through a series of peer-reviewed grant competitions. The fund will be administered by a consortium of institutions: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). CIHR will manage the peer-review process for selecting grantees. GCC will look after the financial, administrative and substantive aspects of the research grants, as well as issues related to the dissemination and commercialization of research results. IDRC will oversee the DIF on behalf of the Government of Canada, and as such will be represented on GCC's Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board. IDRC will also take the lead in monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and enabling the participation of developing world scientists and scientific institutions in the competition. Where possible, IDRC will integrate DIF activities into related IDRC programs.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
72 months
IDRC Officer
David O'Brien
Total Funding
CA$ 220,141,134.00
Development Innovation Fund
Food, Environment, and Health
Development Innovation Fund
Institution Country
Project Leader
Grand Challenges Canada/Grands Défis Canada