International Pathogen Surveillance Network launches catalytic grant fund for pathogen genomics

Feb. 26, 2024
More details on the IPSN catalytic grant fund can be found online.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced US$ 4 million in funding from donors to create a catalytic grant fund for organizations working in pathogen genomic surveillance.

The fund will support projects across the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to pilot projects and in doing so, create an evidence base for how to quickly scale-up pathogen genomic surveillance.

The initial grants for the catalytic fund have been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust to support the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN). IPSN is a new global network of pathogen surveillance actors convened by WHO through a Secretariat at the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin. The fund is hosted by the UN Foundation on behalf of the IPSN.

The amount of US$ 4 million will be available for IPSN members to apply for grant funding in February 2024.

WHO release