Presenting the Falcon Awards

After a successful first iteration of the Falcon Awards for Disease Elimination, where five winners from endemic countries were awarded up to $200,000 to lead projects tackling polio, malaria, and NTDs in their respective communities, The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) is launching a second iteration of the  awards in January 2023, the Falcon Awards for Disease Elimination – The Climate Edit – a global initiative which aims to expand the evidence base regarding the intersection of disease elimination and climate. Through the awards, GLIDE will provide catalytic support to researchers to examine new and under-explored areas of the climate and infectious disease nexus.

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  1. Elevate consideration of infectious diseases in the climate change discourse and drive momentum towards improved understanding of the intersection between infectious disease and climate.
  2. Support formative research to enhance understanding of infectious diseases within the climate-health nexus and inform potential intervention design.
  3. Disseminate knowledge to increase understanding and catalyse action in the climate and health space.
  4. Cultivate partnerships with research institutions exploring the impacts of climate change on the transmission, control, elimination, and eradication of infectious diseases

Up to ten winners will be announced during Spring 2023 following an evaluation by a Scientific Panel comprised of global health and climate experts.

Each winner will receive a sum of up to $USD 50,000 to undertake a formative research project over a period of six months in the run-up to COP28. The research outcomes must contribute to the evidence base regarding the intersection of disease elimination and climate and contribute to local understanding of climate and health issues.

The winning projects will be showcased in November 2023, when the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP28). COP28 presents an ideal opportunity to highlight the impact of climate change on infectious diseases, enhance understanding and catalyse action.

“At GLIDE, we firmly believe in an integrated and collaborative approach to tackling diseases of poverty. The Falcon Awards for Disease Elimination will help advance and amplify these efforts.”

– Simon Bland, CEO, GLIDE


Applicants must be associated with an organisation or organised initiative from one of the following domains:

  • National or regional academic or research institutions
  • Public, or private or non-governmental sector institutions
  • Coalitions or networks of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations and Coalitions or networks of CSOs
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • Other interested parties with demonstrated experience relevant to the intersection of infectious disease and climate change

Eligible applications are those that aim to provide catalytic support to researchers around the world to examine new and under-explored areas of the climate and infectious disease nexus. We particularly welcome exploratory, innovative, and community driven research proposals.

We recommend that projects align with national priorities to advance disease elimination strategies, along with the international objectives of the, United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change, WHO NTD Roadmap 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.




Applicants are invited to submit their proposals via GLIDE’s Falcon Awards Application Portal for review and evaluation. Awardee selection will be determined through a two-stage process. In the first stage, proposals are assessed for eligibility and fit;  a shortlist of 20 projects will then be recommended to a Scientific Panel comprised of global health and climate change experts. In the second stage, the Scientific Panel will then recommend up to 10 projects with the highest scores across selection criteria.




Marina Maiero

WHO Climate Change and Health Partnerships and Advocacy Officer

Dr Alan Dangour

Director of Climate & Health, Wellcome Trust

Dr Ngozi Erondu

Technical Director, GLIDE

Dr Githinji Gitahi

Group Chief Executive Officer, AMREF Health Africa

Dr Renzo Guinto

Associate Professor of Global Public Health, Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program at St. Luke's Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines

Applications is now closed

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“In light of decreased international support to the health sector, this award presents an extraordinary addition that will have a positive impact on the projects and personal lives of winners, as well as on the process of combatting these diseases in their countries.” 

– Khalid Almoayed, General Director of the Epidemiological Surveillance Program, Yemen Ministry of Health in Sana’a