Public health, innovation, intellectual property and trade

How to submit proposals for Demonstration Projects?

The World Health Assembly, in resolution WHA66.22, requests the Director-General of the WHO to facilitate through regional consultations and broad engagement of relevant stakeholders the implementation of a few health research and development demonstration projects to address identified gaps that disproportionately affect developing countries, particularly the poor, and for which immediate action can be taken.

Demonstration Projects are aimed at developing health technologies (medicines, diagnostics, medical devices, vaccines, etc.) for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries and for which identified R&D gaps remain unaddressed due to market failures. The projects must demonstrate effectiveness of alternative, innovative and sustainable financing and coordination approaches to address identified R&D gaps. The selection of projects will be based primarily upon the following considerations:

  • address research and development gaps related to discovery, development and/or delivery of health technologies for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, particularly the poor, and for which immediate action can be taken;
  • utilize collaborative approaches, including open-knowledge approaches, for research and development coordination;
  • promote the de-linkage of the cost of research and development from product price; and
  • propose and foster innovative financing mechanisms.

Submissions through regional offices

Please note that submissions for demonstration projects can only be made through WHO regional offices. Submissions will need to use a standard template.

For more details on regional calls and consultations, please refer to the contact details below.

WHO Regional Office for Africa

Regional focal point: Dr Ota, Martin Matthew Okechukwu (

WHO Regional Office for the Americas

Regional focal point: Dr Porras, Analia I. (

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Regional focal point: Dr Abdel Rahim, Ibrahim Mohamed (

WHO Regional Office for Europe

Regional focal point: Dr Stein, Claudia Elisabeth (

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia

Regional focal point: Dr Shridhar, Manisha (

  • Regional consultation took place on 25-26 July 2013 and currently proposals are being finalized.

WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Regional focal points: Dr Rani, Manju ( and Dr Tisocki, Klara (

  • Link to WPRO call (pending)
    The last date for submitting proposals is 1 November 2013.

Review process and next steps

Up to four proposals will be short listed per region through a regional-specific process. The short listed proposals will be further assessed during a global technical consultative meeting of experts and Member States planned for 3-5 December 2013 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The objective of this meeting is to propose a priority list of a few projects for consideration by Member States.

A report of the 3-5 December meeting as well as descriptions of the priority projects will be submitted by the WHO secretariat for consideration by the 134th WHO Executive Board (EB; 20-25 January 2014) and the 67th World Health Assembly in May 2014.