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GACD Report Summary

Project ID: 661024
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GACD (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Secretariat)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) brings together leading health research funding agencies of key countries to coordinate research activities addressing on a global scale the prevention and treatment of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer and mental health. The GACD has so far coordinated research programmes focused on the areas of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries as well as vulnerable populations in high-income countries.
The specific objectives of the GACD Secretariat are the following: 1) Coordinate among the GACD members the next chronic disease research programme and the process for the joint call for applications, and 2) coordinate among GACD members and participating research teams the joint activities of the research programmes.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Work Package 1
The GACD Secretariat organised two Board meetings, one in Ottawa in June 2015, one in London in December 2015. In addition, it supported the work and decision-making of the Board in between meetings, including by organising two Board teleconferences and by preparing documentation. The Board discussed and agreed GACD research priorities, including the topic of the fourth call (mental health). Regular monthly Management Committee calls and a face to face meeting in November were planned and implemented.
To coordinate the call for applications on lung diseases, the Secretariat updated and disseminated information from all agencies, including published call text, timelines and applicant information. The Secretariat is maintaining the website which makes this information available publicly. In preparation for the joint peer review, standard operating procedures have been developed.
The Secretariat also published the formal announcement of all diabetes research grants receiving funding.

Work Package 2
The annual scientific meeting, i.e. the meeting of all funded research teams, took place in Mexico City in November 2015, and much of the second half of 2015 was taken up with preparations for this meeting. The meeting marked the formal start of the newly funded Diabetes Programme. Results from the annual meeting have been disseminated among the research network.
The Secretariat facilitated a number of working groups, particularly in the development of joint papers. One such joint paper has now been published by an high-impact journal.
The annual report 2014/15 was published in mid-2015 and disseminated online and to relevant parties in hard copy.

Work package 3
The Secretariat engaged in the required continuous reporting of deliverables and milestones.
The annual financial audit was completed in March 2015 and submitted to the GACD Board.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The Board has agreed on the fourth GACD research call and will soon agree on the fifth. Decisions made by the Board with regard to joint research priorities are expected to have a fundamental value for future orientation of public health research policy. The GACD includes some of the world’s largest public research funding agencies as members, whose joint decision making has an impact on the distribution and allocation of research funds. Collaboration and knowledge sharing will also impact models and processes of research funding within each agency, an example of which is the coordination of peer reviews and the learnings individual agencies can take from this.
In addition, investing in GACD research programmes is leading to the sharing of best practices in addressing chronic diseases and the expansion of the field of implementation science. This can be seen in the first joint publication which focuses on behaviour change strategies for reducing blood pressure-related disease burden. Additional joint papers are expected to be produced by the research network. The application of generated knowledge and best practices among researchers, funding agencies and policymakers is ultimately expected to lead to a reduction on the burden of chronic diseases.

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Record Number: 186407 / Last updated on: 2016-07-11