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Mérieux Foundation’s Small Grant Program towards improving the treatment of Infectious Diseases in LMICs

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 5, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on July 31, 2021
The Mérieux Foundation logo
The Mérieux Foundation logo

Through their activities, the foundation encourages local players to take ownership of the infrastructure and programs that are established to increase the global effort to fight infectious disease.

With its network of laboratories, the foundation’s work is focused on diagnosis, an essential aspect of patient care and an indispensable tool for disease surveillance and control. Taking a global health approach, the foundation also works in the field to help the most vulnerable, with a strong emphasis on mothers and children.

Funding Information
Selected projects will receive financial support of up to 5000 euros.
Two annual sessions are organized to study the applications.

Eligible Projects:
1. Objectives and activities related to and consistent with the Mérieux Foundation’s mission and focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases representing significant public health issues;
2. Projects taking a global approach to health, including physical, social and psychological aspects;
3. Projects based on a local need’s assessment in current eligible countries in Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania;
4. Projects proposing concrete solutions, beyond education and raising awareness;
5. Projects that are adapted to the population that is targeted and are long-term in nature;
6. Strong local involvement: links with local authorities, local associations and beneficiaries;
7. Projects implemented by local organizations;
8. Harmonization with existing initiatives in the concerned location;
9. Respect of ethical principles and gender equality in the implementation of the project.

Utilize This Offer

The Mérieux Foundation has launched its ‘Small Grant Program’ towards financing projects that aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

The projects including as beneficiaries mothers and children will be given priority.

Applicant organizations must:
a) be registered with the authorities of the country;
b) have the status of association under the law of 1901 or recognized as a public utility or equivalent status for foreign structures;
c) be nonprofit and independent management;
d) have an exclusive mission of public interest in connection with the Mérieux Foundation’s mandate: fight against the infectious diseases the affects the most vulnerable populations in developing countries, especially mothers and children.

Deadlines for submission of applications: AUGUST 1st and MARCH 1st every year.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 05
Jul 05

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 06
Jul 06

Thanks, Ana.