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IDRC Global Call for Research Proposals: Innovations in Livestock Vaccines

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation, funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale. We achieve this by providing developing-country researchers with financial resources, advice, and training to help them find solutions to local problems; by encouraging knowledge sharing with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world; by fostering new talent by offering fellowships and awards; and striving to get new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it.

The Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF) is an initiative developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. It represents a joint investment of CA$ 57 million over five years to support the development, production, and commercialization of innovative vaccines against livestock (including poultry) diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia. The LVIF will work through partnerships to develop vaccines that are affordable, available, and acceptable to livestock smallholders and to facilitate their use at scale. The Fund targets key livestock diseases that have the most impact on both women and men livestock smallholders.

Vaccines are the most cost-effective means available for managing infectious diseases in animals. However, the vaccines that are available for prevention or control of diseases with the greatest impact on poor livestock smallholders are often not designed with the developing country smallholder setting in mind. These vaccines often have limited uptake, efficacy or safety profiles in the field. Few new and improved vaccines for these diseases have been introduced over the past 20 years.

This call is open to applicants from research-focused organizations from academia, private sector and research institutes from around the world.

This call aims to support the use of the latest cutting-edge innovations to accelerate the development of new vaccines against livestock diseases.

The call seeks proposals that are adopting highly innovative biotechnologies to generate rapid vaccine development and testing platforms. Innovations proposed for the research will significantly accelerate the Research and Development (R&D) of vaccines for livestock smallholders.

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