Innovative Developing Country Research Awards
The Innovative Developing Country Research Awards is a proposal for a pilot investment program drawing from the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). The SBIR program in the United States provides federal grants to small businesses engaged in innovative R&D. By law all public procurement agencies with extramural research budgets in excess of $100 million must spend 2.5% of these budgets on contracts or grants to small businesses. This proposal, building from Charles Wessner’s submission to the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing, calls for co-funding from innovative developing countries to stimulate novel R&D to address health needs in developing countries. The program would make small grants to small and medium sized enterprises in host countries and to local university-industry R&D partnerships. Grantees will be required to formulate Global Access Plans for products under development and/or provide preferential pricing for any products that arise. Grantees will also receive technology management, commercialization assistance and other business support.
Charles A. Gardner, Global Forum for Health Research (Geneva, Switzerland)
Wessner, Charles W., ed. An Assessment of the SBIR Program at the National Institutes of Health. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2009. Available here.
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