World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Polio Research Grants

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Polio Research Committee (PRC) is soliciting research proposals to support the implementation and evaluation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) research program.

The current priority of the Polio Research Committee is to generate new data or information in the following areas:

  • Vaccine schedule immunogenicity
    • Immunogenicity of poliovirus vaccination options after withdrawal of all oral poliovirus vaccines
  • Surveillance
    • Assessment of length of poliovirus environmental circulation after withdrawal of all oral poliovirus vaccines
    • Development and evaluation of new methods for poliovirus surveillance in areas with poor access
  • Product Development
    • Development and evaluation of innovative IPV formulations or administration techniques (new mucosal adjuvants, virus-like particle [VLPs] vaccine, IPV patches etc.)
  • Epidemiology/virology
    • Evaluation of factors favouring emergence of vaccine derived polioviruses
  • Monitoring & evaluation
    • Development and evaluation of new methods for assessment of quality (& coverage) of polio vaccination mass campaigns
  • Basic immunology
    • Assessment of length of priming following IPV administration

Funding & Duration

The amount of money varies widely depending on the project’s demand. The large majority of projects are between US $50,000 (approx. AUD $63,000) and US $300,000 (approx. AUD $378,000). The largest amount granted for a previous years project was US $890,000 (approx. AUD $1.1M).

The PRC recommends projects that request funding for a maximum of two years.


This call for proposals is open to research institutions and private companies. Successful applicants will be required to conclude an agreement with WHO setting forth the terms applicable to the funding by WHO of the research activities.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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