Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) supports international and interdisciplinary collaborations in research, focusing on chronic non-communicable diseases.

The GACD places particular emphasis on research into cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, mental health and certain cancers. The work of the GACD focuses on the needs of low and middle income countries (LMICs) and vulnerable populations in more developed countries.

Current members of the GACD include:

  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCYT), Argentina

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia

  • São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS)

  • Research & Innovation DG, European Commission (EC)

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

  • Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Japan

  • National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran, Mexico

  • Health Research Council (HRC), New Zealand

  • South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

  • Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI), Thailand

  • UK Medical Research Council (MRC)

  • US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The GACD has launched a promotional video, highlighting the need for coordinated global research funding to tackle the ever-growing burden of chronic diseases worldwide. The video is available on YouTube.  

Apply for funding

GACD Request for Applications: Scaling-up evidence-based interventions at the population level for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes.

NHMRC is participating in a GACD Request for Applications (RFA) on the scale-up of interventions for the prevention, or detection and management of hypertension and/or diabetes in LMICs and Indigenous communities in high income countries.

This call will focus on scalable interventions at the population level for hypertension and/or diabetes prevention or detection and management in LMIC, as defined by The World Bank , and/or Indigenous communities in high income countries.

Full details of the aim, scope and assessment criteria of this call can be found on the GACD website.

As part of this call, NHMRC is encouraging applications that address Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health, and in particular applications that involve collaborations between Indigenous groups in Australia and Canada as, along with New Zealand, they have recently renewed the Agreement on improving the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples in these countries. 

Application Process

This GACD RFA is being conducted in a two stage assessment process consisting of an initial NHMRC peer review process, resulting in a list of Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) applications, followed by non-NFFC applications proceeding to a Joint International Review Panel.
Stage one:

  • Applications submitted in NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS)
  • NHMRC conducts peer review process and develops NFFC list.

Stage two:

  • Non-NFFC applications submitted by NHMRC to the GACD common submission portal
  • Non-NFFC applications reviewed by a Joint International Review Panel.

Important Dates

  • Applications OPEN in RGMS – 9 May 2018
  • Minimum data due in RGMS – 20 June 2018
  • Applications CLOSE in RGMS – 16 August 2018
  • NHMRC NFFC stage complete – anticipated October 2018
  • NHMRC submits non-NFFC applications to GACD – anticipated October 2018
  • Joint International Review Panel – anticipated December 2018
  • Earliest date for funding announcement – anticipated April 2019. 

Documentation to Apply

NHRMC’s  RGMS must be used to submit applications. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to obtain an RGMS log on and commence their profile and CV. Applicants who are not yet registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing  for more information.

Documentation to apply is available through GrantConnect. GrantConnect is a centralised web-based facility for publication of agencies’ Grant Opportunities and Forecast Opportunities. 

Applicants need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download Grant Opportunity documents prior to starting their application in RGMS. To register, the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website must be completed. 

The following resources provide further information on how to apply for NHMRC grant funding and the peer review process:

Recent Outcomes

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your administering institution Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require further assistance contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email