The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) was established in 2009 to support a coordinated global research effort to address chronic non-communicable diseases.
It brings together national and international member agencies representing more than 80% of all public research funding in the world.
To ensure a common understanding of health priorities as well as bigger impact of the collective actions of the GACD, the following membership principles apply:
• Associate members of GACD are publicly funded national, subnational or multicountry research funding organisations, or foundations, trusts, or philanthropic organisations with a mission which must include funding health research.
• The mission of associate members of GACD includes the funding of research on chronic, non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries and vulnerable populations.
• Associate members of GACD actively participate in funding or supporting health and implementation research as part of joint GACD Research Programmes.
• Associate members of GACD make their funding decisions based on the principles of peer review processes.
• The associate membership of GACD aims to include representation from all regions of the world , in order to more comprehensively inform the scientific and strategic agenda for the GACD.
The goal of the GACD is to tackle the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), by systematically building the evidence base for sound policymaking. This requires a global effort, which is why new members who share the GACD’s vision are encouraged to join and participate in funding chronic diseases research.
Associate membership to the GACD is all about collaboration, both for GACD member agencies as well as for the researchers who are funded through GACD programmes. The joint development and management of funding opportunities and research programmes increases transparency, helps to draw on a much wider pool of expertise and maximises the associate members’ investments. The coordination of research priorities avoids the potential duplication of efforts and enables a better focus on research areas where the need for evidence to inform policy, programmes and practice is most urgent. Coordination and networking between participating research teams results in common approaches and best practices ultimately leading to research with a stronger evidence base and impact. In addition, fostering research partnerships enables knowledge sharing and capacity building.
GACD associate member agencies pay annual fees to support the activities of the GACD.
Contact the GACD to find out more about GACD associate membership.