Charité Center for Global Health in Berlin to host the GloPID-R Secretariat

The Charité Center for Global Health has obtained an EU-funded grant to host the GloPID-R Secretariat from 2023 to 2025. Under the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, the grant will fund the continuation and development of initiatives being conducted by the Secretariat. The University of Oxford’s GloPID-R Research and Policy Team (Pandemic Sciences Institute) will pursue its role in partnership with the GloPID-R Secretariat and will continue to provide scientific and policy support for GloPID-R members and activities.

The Global Health Center is a coordination, communications and services hub located on the Charité Universitätsmedizin campus in Berlin. The new host of the GloPID-R Secretariat is a contact point for global health-related affairs at Charité for scientists and policymakers, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society. Its engagement to promote cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral global health cooperation will be strengthened by GloPID-R’s focus on advancing research preparedness in the response to infectious disease epidemics and pandemics.

From 2015 to 2022, the GloPID-R network Secretariat has been hosted by the Mérieux Foundation in Lyon, France, in partnership with University of Oxford and supported by EU funding. As it prepares to relocate to Berlin in January 2023, the GloPID-R Secretariat will continue to provide scientific, operational, administrative and communication support for members, observers and other stakeholders.

During the transition, the Mérieux Foundation and Charité Global Health will cooperate to ensure continuity for GloPID-R’s dedicated working groups and key projects, which are particularly relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent monkeypox outbreak and other outbreaks caused by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

“As we move to our new setting, we remain focused on our many ongoing projects – from implementing the regional hub structure to developing the new Pandemic PACT tracking capability and making progress towards a coordinated funding mechanism,” said Dr. Hans Hagen, Scientific and Advocacy Director of the GloPID-R Secretariat.

Dr. Alice Norton, PI for GloPID-R’s Research and Policy Team, added: “The University of Oxford is proud to be a partner in this successful EU-funded project. We will continue to lead on the clinical trials funder coordination policy work and Pandemic PACT programme and contribute further important scientific and policy support to the members and the wider funders’ community through GloPID-R working groups, guidance and publications.”

The GloPID-R Secretariat provides scientific, strategic, organizational and administrative support for the Executive Board and the coalition’s members. It implements GloPID-R’s overall communication and advocacy policy and facilitates information sharing among members, observers and stakeholders in the research funding community, while raising the visibility of the global funders alliance and its activities to advance research preparedness in the response to infectious disease epidemics and pandemics.

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The GloPID-R Secretariat is a project which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101094188.