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Global Health Primary Care Focused Funding for Faculty

The Institute for Global Health is pleased to share this call for applications to supporting member faculty projects focused on improving Primary Care services and systems throughout the world.

As defined by the World Health Organization, primary health care is people rather than disease focused care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. A primary health care approach includes three components:

  • meeting people’s health needs throughout their lives;
  • addressing the broader determinants of health through multisectoral policy and action; and
  • empowering individuals, families and communities to take charge of their own health.

As initially defined at the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978 and then revised with the Astana Declaration in 2018, sustainable primary care appropriate for the local context is the cornerstone of achieving health goals.

The Global Health Research Catalyzer and Project Awards are supported by the Feinberg School of Medicine’s Global Health Initiative, which is generously supported by Northwestern Medicine Primary & Specialty Care, its patients, and Feinberg’s donors.

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The purpose of this grant is to provide support to Northwestern faculty for projects focused on improving primary care globally. The fund is not meant to support the same aims of existing projects already funded elsewhere. Priority will be given to supporting long-term partnerships for projects that will have long-term outcomes and impact. Faculty must have a full-time appointment at Northwestern University and be a member of the Institute for Global Health for at least the past six months.


Total budget cannot exceed $25,000 regardless of length of budget period, including all subcontractor costs and indirect expenses to subcontractors. F&A to Northwestern is not allowable. Requests may be made for less than $25,000.

Budget Period

1-2 years


February 1, 2021 or June 1, 2021 by 5 p.m. CST.

Application Materials

To complete this application, you will need to be prepared to upload the following materials:
  • Project plan (Up to 5 pages)
  • Budget (Excel format). Unallowable expenses include computers and F&A to Northwestern
  • Budget justification
  • Applicant CV or biosketch

Required Progress Report

A final report will be due to the Director of the Institute for Global Health 60 days after the end of the event or project.

Review Process Notification

All eligible applications will be peer-reviewed. Applicants will be asked to make a short presentation of project idea for a review panel. Notification of a decision will be sent within 45 days of submission. Review criteria will include needs assessment, impact for Northwestern global health community, sustainability, and applicant qualification.


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