Abu Dhabi, 3 January 2023:

The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE), an Abu Dhabi-based global health Institute focused on eliminating preventable infectious diseases, has launched a second iteration of its disease elimination awards the Falcon Awards for Disease Elimination (FADE) – the Climate Edit – a global initiative which aims to expand the evidence base on the intersection of disease elimination and climate.

Founded in 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GLIDE works in partnership to elevate awareness and engagement, advance elimination strategies, and foster and scale innovations to help others go further and faster towards disease elimination and eradication.

Through the awards, GLIDE will provide catalytic support to researchers around the world to examine new and under-explored areas of the climate and infectious disease nexus, including issues produced and exacerbated by the intersection of these global challenges.

The Awards, which opened for submissions online on 3rd January, invites Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, coalitions, or networks of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), academic or research institutions, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and public or private sector institutions in endemic countries to submit proposals that aim to explore the intersectionality between climate change and infectious diseases.

GLIDE is particularly seeking proposals that 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.

Simon Bland, Chief Executive Officer of GLIDE, commented: “Climate change is one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century. Health professionals are already responding to the effects of this intensifying crisis which has exacerbated more than 200 diseases. On top of this, the global health community is facing an even larger issue: the significant lack of knowledge and guidance surrounding the health impacts of climate change. Through the awards, GLIDE seeks to accelerate the expansion of the body of knowledge available to policy makers, ministries, and program managers to adapt to a changing climate and protect the efficacy of their current and future disease elimination efforts.”  

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.

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).

For more information on The Falcon Awards and how to apply, please visit: