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Pre-Announcement of call for proposals – Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program Phase II – 2022–2023 competition

IDRC, the Israel Science Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are pleased to announce the second research competition under Phase II of the Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program.
A technician does tests for avian flu.
A technician does tests on avian flu.

Six grants worth up to CAD1.4 million each will be awarded to research teams led by Canadian, Israeli and low- and middle-income country investigators working collaboratively on the frontiers of biomedical sciences and global health. Teams will be supported for a period of up to four years. 

This second call is for proposals in the field of communicable diseases, with a particular focus on investigating underlying biological mechanisms and impacts on global health. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Discovery research to identify new pathogens and their distribution in human populations 

  • New therapeutic approaches for communicable diseases 

  • Drug resistance biology and mechanism in infectious disease 

  • Host – Parasite interactions 

  • New directions in vaccine research for infectious diseases 

  • New biomarkers for infectious disease detection, characterization and monitoring 

  • Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, including the impact of climate change on zoonotic disease distribution 

  • New technology platforms for rapid detection of pathogens of pandemic importance 

Exclusions: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research, studies, surveys, clinical trials and work primarily aimed at informing public health policy are NOT eligible for funding through this opportunity. However, the use of randomization in basic biomedical research studies is accepted. 

The teams will integrate world-class researchers from all three geographic areas with the intention of strengthening scientific capacity, as well as promoting collaboration, knowledge mobilization and scientific excellence in all its diversity. 

Detailed guidelines for submission will be published on CIHR’s Funding Opportunity database in September 2022. The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: registration and application. In Canada, registrations are due January 17, 2023, and applications are due February 16, 2023. In Israel, registrations are due January 17, 2023, and administrative applications are due February 15, 2023. 

It is mandatory that teams submit their registration and application to both the Israel Science Foundation and CIHR. 

For further information, please contact:

Contact Centre 
Telephone: 613-954-1968 
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178 

Ella Fire 
Scientific Director Special Programs 
Israel Science Foundation