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International Health Research. Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale Dept. Sociology & Anthropology. Why do international health research?. Purpose: New knowledge ---------- Application of knowledge (curiosity driven) (intervention/policy/change driven) Who are primary beneficiaries?

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international health research

International Health Research

Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale

Dept. Sociology & Anthropology

why do international health research
Why do international health research?


New knowledge ----------Application of knowledge

(curiosity driven) (intervention/policy/change driven)

Who are primary beneficiaries?

Canadians ----------------------------- Others

Where can it be done?

Within Canada--------------------Only outside Canada

major canadian funders of international health research
Major Canadian Funders of International Health Research
  • CIHR

Knowledge generation – curiosity driven

Benefits the health of Canadians

Only if it must be done outside Canada

  • IDRC

Applies knowledge to improving health of those in the global south

Brings Canadian expertise & knowledge to the task

  • CIDA

Build capacity to improve health in the global south

Canada – other country partnerships in training

some other major funders
Some Other Major Funders
  • Knowledge Generation – Research
    • NIH, NIMH
  • Knowledge application – intervention/policy
    • Private
      • Gates Foundation
      • Rockefeller Family
      • Ford Foundation
      • Various large NGOs – UNICEF, PATH, etc.
    • Government
      • DFID (Dept. for Int’l Development – UK)
      • USAID
      • European Union
      • Various countries – Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, …
Largest number of funders have intervention/policy focus. Research is to the service of the intervention or policy.
  • CIHR, NIH/NIMH and affiliates – focus on knowledge generation.
requirements knowledge generation
RequirementsKnowledge Generation


  • International partnerships
  • Demonstrate necessity for location outside or inclusion of non-North American focus
  • CIHR – demonstrate benefits to health of Canadians
  • Same procedures, forms, etc. as applying for in-country funding
requirements intervention policy focus
RequirementsIntervention/Policy Focus

More possibilities – CIDA, IDRC, DFID, EU, Gate, various NGOs

  • Fit priorities of funders.
  • Partners in global south

Many require applications to originate in global south

  • Research in service to program/policy (e.g., to inform development of and to evaluate program/policy)
  • Specialists in knowledge translation on the team
  • Most of the budget is for knowledge translation and program/policy development and implementation (90%)
  • Budget may have to be administered from the south.
  • Capacity building in the south (most RAs from south).
  • Many non-academic written outputs.
getting funded
Getting Funded
  • Watch calls for RFAs
  • Connect to and work your networks
  • Letters of Intent (e.g. Gates Foundation)
  • ‘Record’ of northern partners counts for a lot – not record of peer reviewed publications, but successful programs, work with program partners, capacity building, reports/ presentations.
  • Different formats for applications – e.g. logframe.