GloPID-R 2021 Highlights and Season’s Greetings

Charu Kaushic, , GloPID-R Chair

As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to thank all our members, observers and partners for their participation and support during what has been another very active year for GloPID-R. The global community of funders has participated in an unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our efforts will continue in 2022.

Here are some of our activities and accomplishments over the past year.

With best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Charu Kaushic, GloPID-R Chair

A year of growth

32 members & 5 observers

In 2021, we welcomed 3 new members:

We have 2 new observers, and we are now observers of:

COVID-19 pandemic

The challenges facing funders

The need for coordination among funders of research is greater than ever in the face of the ongoing global health crisis. In 2021, GloPID-R worked with members and partners to identify and address the most urgent research priorities. These are the initiatives we undertook:


Research Project Tracker

  • Developed by UKCDR and GloPID-R, the COVID-19 Research Project Tracker includes over 13,000 funded projects across 160 countries as of November 2021. We are exploring ways to expand and adapt this live database in 2022.
  • In a blog post, Alice Norton, Head of the GloPID-R Scientific Secretariat, described the value of the Project Tracker and associated Living Mapping Review for funders and researchers.

COVID-19 research in LMICs

Lessons learned

Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) Report

Recommendations and guidance for funders

GloPID-R communications

New initiatives with our members

  • With our one-on-one meetings and the recently launched Member Focus and News & Events Round Up we are stepping up communications with our members.
  • GloPID-R news is being amplified via social media, especially Twitter.
  • The revamped GloPID-R website will be launched early in the new year.

New directions in 2022

Plans and projects in the pipeline

GloPID-R is hard at work preparing initiatives to expand in new directions:

  • Exploring ways to implement the regional hub strategy with a pilot project underway in Asia Pacific.
  • Continuing to work with GloPID-R members to establish similar pilot projects for regional hubs in Africa and Latin America.
  • Reforming the Clinical Trials Network (CTN ) working group and establishing a globally-representative CTN & Funders working group to align regional and global approaches.
  • Expanding the Research Project Tracker as a broader tool for research funders, covering a wider range of diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential.
  • Developing a joint funding call for research preparedness.
  • Advancing coordination and cooperation with WHO.
  • Creating a joint ‘One Health’ working group with OIE/STAR-IDAZ.
  • Further expanding our membership.
EU Flag

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.