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Results from the 2015 call for proposals to GLOBVAC

The 11 February call invited for event proposals and for proposals in the following areas:

• Within all thematic areas covered by the GLOBVAC work programme 2012-2020 (PDF-246.7 KB)  (NOTE: revised in 2014), but with particular emphasis on family planning and reproductive health (including contraceptive methods and safe abortion). Research linked to the recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children were especially encouraged.

• For game changing projects: Five thematic areas and one cross cutting theme were chosen as areas with especially high potential for impact, so called game changers. Approximately half of the announced funding was earmarked for projects addressing the priorities below:

  1. Interventions targeting prevention of illness/morbidity and the quality of care in pregnancy, maternal health and child health in LLMICs, including child growth, development and nutrition, and studies targeting Hepatitis E vaccination during pregnancy and early life.
  2. Diagnosis and treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB MDR) in low-resource settings.
  3. HIV prevention and pregnancy tools e.g. microbicides and contraceptive measures, as well as innovative tools to prevent transmission of HIV, including targeted treatment strategies. Controlled trials are especially encouraged.
  4. Strategies with potential to scale up to improve adolescent girls' health and education, including education about sexual rights and reproduction, as well as screening for and vaccination against Human papillomavirus (HPV).
  5. Studies on human gut microbiome with relevance for susceptibility to infectious diseases, the effect of vaccines, impact on malnutrition and obesity for people in low resource settings. Studies which can strengthen the basis for low-cost-interventions are especially encouraged.

Innovative applications of information technology to improve health and health systems are a cross-cutting priority. Focus should be on methods and technologies that are scalable.

Please note: All applicants will receive a letter from the Research Council of Norway with details on the GLOBVAC Programme Board’s decision for funding. We kindly ask all applicants to refrain from contacting the Research Council until they have received the letters and assessments on “My RCN Web”.

Six Researcher projects and Young Researcher Talents were approved for funding contingent on expected allocations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Projects are listed as given priority in case of budget reductions from the Ministry:

Project number





An effectiveness trial to evaluate protection of pregnant women by a HEV vaccine in Bangladesh and risk factors for severe HEV infection.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Conditions specified in separate letter


The effectiveness of a girl empowerment programme on early childbearing, marriage and school dropout in rural Zambia: A cluster trial

University of Bergen

Reduced budget, conditions specified in separate letter


Phase II Trial to Evaluate Prevention of Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis of H56:IC31, a novel TB vaccine, in Tanzanian Adolescents

University of Bergen

Conditions specified in separate letter


Political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: Criminalisation, health impacts and game changers

Christian Michelsen's Institute

Reduced budget, conditions specified in separate letter


Strengthening the extension of RMNCH services in Bangladesh with an electronic health registry: A cluster randomized controlled trial

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Reduced budget, conditions specified in separate letter


The practice and ethics of collaboration in transnational medical research in East Africa. An ethnographic approach

University of Oslo

Conditions specified in separate letter

Support for events applications approved for funding:

Project number




Human papillomavirus Vaccination as Platform for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Delivery in Zambia

Cancer Registry of Norway


Global health day 2015 - From individ to society

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

All Projects are funded contingent of satisfactory revisions and contract negotiations with the Research Council of Norway. Projects not listed above were not granted funding.


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