Knowledge Action Portal on NCDs

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Submit your proposal to the NCD Lab

Share your innovative idea with the WHO NCD Lab and join a growing network of grassroots innovators

Connect to a growing network of grassroots innovators to beat NCDs

Winners of the WHO NCD Lab have an opportunity to shape global policy and practice on NCDs. They are included in a global portfolio of health innovations under the NCD Lab and partnering WHO Innovation Hub. Where possible, WHO/GCM supports projects with matchmaking to countries, scale-up funding and support and resources across global, regional, and country levels.

Winning projects also receive visibility and networking opportunities with WHO and leading global health partners and become members of the growing worldwide alumni of NCD Lab winners.

Discover winning projects from previous cycles

Application Requirements

Applicants must be an individual or group of individuals. Projects may receive support from an entity (e.g., research, funding) but 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.

For more information, please refer to the NCD Lab Terms of Reference.

Inclusion Criteria

  1. The submission is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 - By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being
  2. The submission is aligned with the 5X5 NCD framework for diseases and risk factors (cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, mental health conditions including neurological and substance abuse disorders, unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and air pollution)
  3. The submission is beyond the ideation phase, with preference to submissions which are fully developed, or at an advanced stage of development, and are or soon to be implemented.
  4. The submission includes a needs assessment that supports the submission implementation
  5. The submission incorporates meaningful engagement of the population which the submission aims to support during the ideation or development phase.

Exclusion Criteria

  1. Funded by any of the following industries: 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 carried outside the 194 UN Member States

NCD Lab Submission Cycle Timelines

The NCD Lab accepts submissions for each thematic area during yearly submission cycles.

  • Feburary

    Lab initiation


  • March

    Call for Submissions


  • April

    Review & shortlist submissions


  • May

    Winners Announced


  • June

    Evaluation of Lab Process


Questions & Support

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