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Essence establishes funding coordination mechanism

July / August 2020 | Volume 19, Number 4

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A framework for reviewing and coordinating capacity building in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been established by the Essence on Health Research initiative, a collaboration of 40 funding agencies. The review mechanism is intended to increase efficiency and equity in health research capacity strengthening activities, and decrease duplication of efforts, according to a recent article by Essence partners published in the Annals of Global Health.

The mechanism includes three independent workstreams, including WHO-developed standardized metrics to characterize the status of health research capacity, use of NIH World Report global funding data to monitor current activities, and periodic meetings of global funders and stakeholders to review investments, identify gaps, and enhance coordination and collaboration on grantmaking.

The overall goals are to increase support of research on national health priorities, improve pandemic preparedness in LMICs and reduce the number of countries operating with very limited research capacity, the authors stated.

Fogarty is an Essence partner and several of its staff contributed to the publication.

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