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GlOPID-R-Sec Report Summary

Project ID: 643434
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GlOPID-R-Sec (Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R) Secretariat)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

As shown by the latest Ebola outbreak, the world is not ready to mount a rapid and coordinated research response to a major epidemic. This outbreak and others have exposed the need for new diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, but have also outlined that the vital role of research has been obscured in global preparedness. Up to now, there was no platform for scientists and research funders to determine what needs to be done, identify the best solutions and channel the necessary funds efficiently.
The GloPID-R initiative (Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness initiative) is the only initiative of its kind to bring together scientific and funding organizations on a global scale. It aims to establish global preparedness for a coordinated and effective research response within 48 hours of any severe infectious disease outbreak.
The idea launched in 2013, took form in October of 2014 when a dozen major organizations agreed to join forces and sign the GloPID-R charter. These founding members are the European Commission, the Canadian Institute of Health and Research, Instituto Butantan, Instituto Fiocruz, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, the South African Medical Research Council, INSERM, the National Research Foundation of South Korea, Institut Pasteur Korea, the Thailand National Institute of Health, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The European Commission decided to fund a Secretariat to support this initiative and ensure its sustainability.
Two partners – Fondation Mérieux (FMX) and the University of Oxford (UOXF) – decided to join forces to install and implement this Secretariat. Both partners have been building and coordinating international networks that share the objectives of GloPID-R.
The role of the Secretariat is to provide support to this new GloPID-R network and to assist its members in building a sustainable GloPID-R platform, focusing on:
▪ mapping the obstacles and challenges to a rapid and coordinated response to an epidemic,
▪ establishing a strategic agenda and a response plan to address them,
▪ connecting research networks.

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

In support of the objectives of the GloPID-R network and under the authority of the Chairs of GloPID-R and its General Assembly, the Secretariat pursued a series of concrete objectives, covering the tasks outlined in the GloPID-R Charter and the HCO 4 – 2014 Work programme, comprising strategic, operational, dissemination and organisational support activities to be realised in this Coordination and Support Action.
More specifically, the Secretariat:
- provided organisational, administrative and secretarial support to the GloPID-R governance bodies, especially ensuring efficient coordination among GloPID-R members and setting up operating practices;
- performed a mapping exercise that increased the collective understanding of existing capacities and concrete obstacles to an effective research response in the case of an outbreak;
- drafted a response plan and initiated the identification of operational solutions and tools in support of this response plan;
- initiated a dissemination and communication strategy to ensure GloPID-R stakeholders are well-informed and aligned, and to raise public awareness and engagement in the initiative.
A more general achievement is that the GloPID-R network is now structured and well functioning. It is composed of 23 members, proving its growing attractiveness. Working groups to define concrete solutions on topics such as data-sharing and response are progressing well.

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)

Apart from the concrete results and deliverables detailed in this report, the GloPID-R network and its newly created Secretariat proved their usefulness in accelerating the global research response during the Zika outbreak.
GloPID-R was the first international network to raise awareness about the potential consequences of the outbreak and to react. It was proactive in setting up working groups that helped research funders target, accelerate and better coordinate Zika funding calls.

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