Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[EQ] IDRC support and funding for non-communicable disease prevention

IDRC New Program of Support and Funding for
Non-Communicable Disease Prevention NCDP

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada - July, 2011

Calls for concept notes for:

·         Research to expand fiscal policies for global and national tobacco control :
Supported jointly by IDRC and the Canadian Global Tobacco Control Forum - a coalition of eight Canadian tobacco control NGOs

·         Research to support interventions that promote healthy diets


NCDP is also offering a Research Award (formerly Research Internship) for 2012.

Submissions are due by September 23rd 2011

IDRC's Non-Communicable Disease Prevention program (NCDP) is a newly approved program (2011-2016) that will provide a response to the major development challenges associated with the rapid rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries.

These diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, are among the leading causes of premature death and morbidity in low-and middle-income countries and they share four common risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, alcohol misuse, and physical inactivity.

IDRC program will increase our financial support to tobacco control research, expand the work of the Research for International Tobacco Control program (RITC) and continue to explore tobacco as a development issue.

The goal of the NCDP program is to generate new knowledge to inform the adoption and effective implementation of policies and programs that are low cost but can have a high impact on reducing the NCD burden and improving overall population health in low-and middle-income countries.

To that end, the NCDP program will focus on healthy public policies — one of the key pillars of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion — by targeting its research funding on:

- Regulation, legislation, and fiscal policies that address the common NCD risk factors, and

- Cost-effective population-wide programs or community-based interventions that address the common
   NCD risk factors and that have the potential to be scaled up or translated to policy.

- More specifically, high-quality local evidence needs to be generated for policies and legislation that:

- Reduce the demand for, and supply of, tobacco products, alcohol products and foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar

- Increase the affordability and availability of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables

- Facilitate supportive environments for active transport (walking and cycling) in order to increase population-wide physical activity levels

- Protect public health policy development from commercial influence

- Strengthen tobacco control and health promotion efforts through innovative, sustainable financing

Three cross-cutting themes will be central to the program and the research we support:

Understanding the value and impact of NCD prevention policies on different social groups

Understanding how best to mobilize a whole-of-government approach for NCD prevention

Understanding and addressing the barriers posed by commercial influence to developing healthy public policies for NCD prevention

Submissions are due by September 23rd 2011. Please note that the principal applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of, and with a primary work affiliation with an institution in a low or middle-income country.

Given the importance of using an integrated approach for non-communicable prevention please note that the NCDP program will also support research projects about interventions that target multiple risk factors simultaneously.

Out of scope

Presently, NCDP will not be able to focus on a number of issues that are important for NCD prevention and control. For example, the following will not in the immediate future be the primary subjects of NCDP-supported research:

Primary health care interventions for NCD prevention and control (e.g. smoking or alcohol cessation programs)

Smoke free policy, including compliance monitoring

Stand-alone mass media campaigns

Epidemiological and surveillance studies

For email enquiries about any of the above, please send messages to  . Further information on IDRC and its programs is available at the following web site


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