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The NCD Lab: Crowdsourcing innovation for an effective NCD-response


Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health conditions are the world’s biggest causes of death and disability, with multifaceted and complex causes spanning from social, economic, and cultural factors to behaviour patterns and health literacy. Tackling NCDs at global scale calls for innovative, evidence-informed approaches that combine new technologies with outside-the-box ideas, multidisciplinary thinking, and cross-sectoral action.

Launched by the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD), the World Health Organization’s (WHO) NCD Lab is an initiative aiming to crowdsource and foster innovation in NCD policies and programmes.


Connect your initiatives to a globally active NCD network


In recurring submission cycles, the NCD Lab invites, reviews, and showcases innovative tools and novel approaches to tackle NCDs in countries around the world.

Shortlisted and winning submissions are featured on the NCD Lab website and are promoted through the GCM/NCD’s extensive global network of leading NCD actors and donors.


Discover shortlisted previous cycle submissions

Application Requirements

Applicants must be an individual or group of individuals, and may not be submitted on behalf or in the name of any entity. Applicants are required to provide relevant information within the submission form and undergo appropriate WHO screening and due diligence procedures.

A submission will not be considered if one or more of the following more have been identified:

1. Funded by any of the following industries: tobacco, arms, pharmacological, food and beverage, sports, gaming, alcohol, or gambling, and sports betting;

2. During the past four years, the applicant was linked to the tobacco and/or arms industry, or any subsidiary of a tobacco/arms company or a commercial entity involved with the manufacture, sale, or distribution of tobacco/arms or tobacco related products; or

3. The submission is, or will be, undertaken outside of the WHO Member States


For its third cycle, the NCD Lab is inviting submissions of innovative tools and initiatives dedicated to tackling the global rise of obesity. The call is open for submissions from 4 April to 15 May 2022.

Cycle 1

Lab initiation
Call for Submissions
Review and
 shortlist submissions
Winners Announced
Evaluation of Lab Process

Cycle 2

Third WHO NCD Lab Cycle now open to submissions

Tackling obesity through innovation and global action.

For its third cycle, the NCD Lab is inviting submissions of innovative tools and initiatives dedicated to tackling the global rise of obesity. As part of WHO’s Acceleration Plan to tackle and reverse obesity in high burden countries and catalyse global action, the NCD Lab is welcoming novel approaches that address the multiple determinants of obesity and have the potential to positively impact people’s decisions around food intake and physical activity

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