The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases 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 percent of all public research funding in the world.
GACD member agencies are publicly funded agencies whose primary objective is to fund health research and whose mission includes the funding of research on chronic, non-communicable diseases. Members of the GACD participate in funding implementation research as part of joint GACD research programmes.
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.
Membership in 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 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 member agencies pay annual membership fees to support the activities of the GACD Secretariat.
Contact the Secretariat to find out more about GACD membership.