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GENERAL INFORMATION

Answer. The interventions within the scope of the GHIT Fund are as follows; drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. The GHIT Fund currently does not award projects for medical devices.
Answer. The GHIT Fund does not provide support to individuals or single organizations that are not part of an eligible R&D partnership.
Answer. The GHIT Fund only supports global R&D partnerships between Japanese and non-Japanese organizations for the discovery and development of new health technologies for the developing world.
Answer. Yes, interested partnerships may apply for multiple grants, provided they meet the eligibility criteria and address the RFP scope.
Answer. The GHIT Fund does not support scholarships.
Answer. Intellectual property and other access issues are addressed in the Data and Product Access Policies which can be found on the GHIT Fund website.
Answer. Budgets should be submitted in Japanese Yen. Regardless of designated development partner, GHIT Fund support will be awarded in Japanese Yen.
Answer. No. Currency conversion management is the responsibility of the designated development partner.
Answer. For Target Research Platform, the maximum budget per project is set at ¥100,000,000. For other programs (Screening Platform, Hit-to-Lead Platform, and Product Development Platform), the GHIT Fund does not specify maximum funding amounts. Proposal budgets should reflect the amount needed to carry out project activities.
Answer. General inquiries should be sent to info@ghitfund.org
General inquiries about our funding opportunities should be sent to grants@ghitfund.org.
Inquiries about press and public relations should be sent to press@ghitfund.org.
Answer. The GHIT Fund restricts communications between current and potential Product Development Partners and Selection Committee members and asks them to refrain from interacting directly regarding queries, concerns, and requests related to GHIT funding. The GHIT Management Team will coordinate all communications among parties. This ensures and enhances organizational transparency and fairness in the decision-making process.

INVESTMENT PROCESS

Answer. Information regarding the investment process can be found in the How We Invest section of the GHIT Fund website.
Answer. Deadlines in the application process vary for each Request for Proposal (RFP). Please refer to the Investment Opportunities section of the GHIT website for active RFPs and their deadlines.
Answer. Full proposal templates will be sent via email from the GHIT Fund to eligible applicants who submitted an Intent to Apply form.
Answer. Interested applicants must complete an Intent to Apply form posted on the Investment Opportunities page of the website, and submit it to the GHIT Fund. For Target Research Platform and Product Development Platform, the GHIT Fund uses online submission systems to receive applications. For Hit-to-Lead Platform, applicants are required to submit Intent to Apply forms via email. Details on how to submit the application can be found on the RFP document.
Answer. The GHIT Fund staff notifies applicants of the eligibility assessment results shortly after the Intent to Apply submission due date.
Answer. Eligible applicants who submitted an Intent to Apply form will receive full proposal templates. For Target Research Platform and Product Development Platform, the GHIT Fund uses online submission systems to receive applications. For Hit-to-Lead Platform, applicants are required to submit proposals via email. Details on how to submit the application can be found on the RFP document.
Answer. Yes. The number of pages for the budget and timeline (gantt chart) templates will be counted.
Answer. Submitting proposals in the Word format is required. Submission of the PDF version is optional.
Answer. Submit only the requested forms and attachments as outlined in the GHIT Fund proposal and budget template. We are not able to accept samples, prototypes, or other supplementary materials submitted with proposals. These materials will not be returned to applicants.
Answer. Partner roles and responsibilities as they relate to project activities should be defined by applicants and included in proposals.
Answer. ■ Proposals will initially be examined to determine whether the:
・Partnership meets GHIT Fund eligibility criteria
・Project objectives are aligned with the RFP-specified scope
・Proposal is complete and addresses all required content

GHIT Fund staff may ask clarifying questions or request additional information, as needed, to qualify proposals for evaluation.

All proposals passing the preliminary examination will be evaluated and prioritized based on the following criteria:

■ Scientific and technical merit (e.g., sound approach and methodology, level of innovation, overall quality and comprehensiveness)

■ Partnership and project management (e.g., capabilities and expertise, project history and performance, risk management, budget)
Answer. It takes approximately six months from the Intent to Apply submission due date to the award notification date.
Answer. The GHIT Fund staff will notify applicants after the following steps in the application process: Intent to Apply, proposal submission, and investment award decision.
Answer. At the completion of the proposal evaluation process, the GHIT Fund staff will inform each applicant of their proposal's investment award decision. The GHIT Fund staff has the right to abstain from providing formal feedback to applicants receiving a non-award decision.
Answer. Proposals that are not awarded funding may be resubmitted in future funding rounds.
Answer. Prior to receiving funds for an investment award, the GHIT Fund requires a contractual relationship between collaborating partners. Signed contractual agreements are not required at time of submission of proposals.
Answer. Applicants are required to identify the designated development partner, as well as all collaboration partners. The development partner will be the funding recipient and will be responsible for the performance of its collaborating partners. A representative of the designated development partner will serve as the main GHIT Fund point of contact and will be responsible for all GHIT Fund discussions and negotiations.
Answer. The GHIT Fund will support indirect costs up to 14% of the total direct budget of an investment. Higher indirect cost rates will not be accepted.
Answer. Payments will be made at the beginning of the investment award and annually thereafter, following successful submission of progress reports.
Answer. The GHIT Fund requires development partners to submit bi-annual progress reports in order to release funding for the subsequent year. Progress reports are intended to track progress toward GHIT-monitored milestones.
Answer. The GHIT Fund uses a web-based reporting system. Details regarding the website will be provided to development partners who are awarded funding.
Answer. The GHIT Fund will evaluate delayed progress on a case-by-case basis. Milestone target dates may be re-negotiated after discussion with GHIT Fund staff. In the event of major delays or deviations to the project scope, the Selection Committee may be called to review project progress.

The GHIT Fund has the right to terminate the grant agreement if:

・The partnership disbands prior to satisfying its grant obligations.
・The progress of work is such that the obligations undertaken by the partnership will not be fulfilled.
・The partnership fails to meet the milestones specified in the grant agreement.

In the event a investment is terminated, the GHIT Fund reserves the right to cancel future fund payments, reclaim paid funds, or mandate that paid funds be redirected to other charitable activities. In lieu of termination, the GHIT Fund may choose to renegotiate the terms of the existing investment agreement.
Answer. We only accept proposals in English. All eligible proposals will go through evaluation by External Reviewers as well as the Selection Committee, both of which consist of global experts. Evaluations and discussions regarding selection of proposals will be solely conducted in English; therefore, we ask all applicants to submit documents in English in order to avoid possible language-related confusion or miscommunication.
Answer. The GHIT Fund does not fund capital equipment.
Answer. The contract needs to specify that, if and once launched, all marketing materials for the indication-specific product indicates that the product was developed in partnership with the Japanese partner.
Answer. In cases where GHIT must consider discontinuing a specific investment, the GHIT Management Team (MT) will take the following steps:

- If there is consensus between the Development Partner (DP) and GHIT, we will discontinue the project upon obtaining the CEO’s approval; the decision will be then reported to the Board at the subsequent Board meeting

- If there is no consensus between the DP and GHIT, we will consult with the Selection Committee (SC), who will determine by majority vote whether or not to discontinue the project; once the decision to discontinue a project is made, the decision will be reported back to the SC and to the Board electronically first before contacting the DP; GHIT will then notify the applicant of the decision of discontinuation.
GHIT Discontinuation Process